Monday, July 19, 2010

My Assistant and Garden Update

Before I get to the title of this post, please go see Mary over at Marin and Colusa for a great giveaway in honor of her 145th post! I've been following Mary for some time now and have previously posted about her fantastic product Stitching Lines! In fact, I've been using the Stitching Lines on my Winter Wonderland and don't know what I would do without them!

Here is Mr. Squash, my wonderful Assistant, using our new Oxo cherry pitter on some fresh pie cherries we got at the local farmer's market on Saturday. He was eager to help as he knows he benefits greatly from this (wink)!

The pie turned out great! I use an old standby recipe from The Joy of Cooking - works every time! We got the peaches at the farmer's market, too - what a great time of year - so many fresh fruits and veggies - I could easily be a vegetarian right now! As soon as the fresh tomatoes come in, life will be perfect!
Stephanie asked me the other day, "How does my garden grow?" Since I haven't had a garden post for a while, I thought I would show you some of the progress. Here is the Chocolate Cherry tomato - the fruits are nearly half the size of my palm so far....either the plant was marked incorrectly, or they will be the biggest cherry tomatoes I have every grown!
Here are some green beans and a few sugar snap peas I've harvested. This is the third picking of green beans - they're just starting! The sugar snap peas, however, didn't do as well as I would have liked - I think they're pretty much done.


Check out the raised beds below - talk about "monster" growth! Even the nasturtiums and marigolds have gone crazy! We noticed a hummingbird a while ago, so I put a feeder out for them. I can't believe how social they are - one hovered right near us for quite some time the other day!
Sorry about the shadows here, but I really wanted you to see the squash - pumpkins on the right, zucchini to their left, then pickling cukes and acron squash on the middle trellises, and more green beans on the far left. I've harvested several large zucchini's in the past week!
Finally, the sunflowers....every seed germinated and nothing has died - we still don't have flowers on them, but I expect them to pop any minute! Now the trick will be who gets the sunflowers seeds first - Mr. Squash and I....or the squirrels!
I'll have some sewing to show you in a day or two!

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

I'm off to find my cherry pitter today then I'll let Son Creations labor away for his pie reward! I find the birds get the sunflower seeds first. Summers has THE best fruits. Happy Harvesting, Farmer Candace.

Chartreuse Moose said...

What a beautiful garden! Ahhh, pie can be a great motivator...and it appears you'll soon have a peach pie too! ;-) Thank you for the lovely blog! Yum!

Mary said...

Thanks for the link, Candace. Your gardens are looking very bountiful. When's dinner?

Anonymous said...

Lucky Mr. Squash, that pie looks delicious. We have Ranier cherry tree but have to get to it before the deer and the birds. Garden looks beautiful. Love acorn squash..Thanks for sharing. Louise

Barb said...

You are making me hungry!!!

Great assistant.

pratima said...

The cherry pie is mouth-watering!!
So nice to see that everything is so lush and bursting with little presents for you to pick :)
Enjoy the garden treasures :o)

Jackie said...

The pie looks SO good and I don't even like cherries! I think that is the prettiest pie I've ever seen.

Of course, the garden is amazing!

AnnieO said...

Mr. Squash indeed looks industrious. I can almost see him salivating for pie :)

Garden looks terrific!

Kim said...

I want a slice of that beautiful pie! I've enjoyed watching your yard and garden transformations this summer. I am eagerly watching and waiting for my tomatoes to ripen. It seems that they take forever and a day! I do have ripe wild raspberries though. Yum!

Margaret said...

Summer lead me to it, July nearly over and counting down the days'till the sun shines and the wind aint cold. Your photos bought on a smile , nothing over 13c for the last week or so and much the same next week.

Stephanie D. said...

MMMMM, pie! Looks good! Your garden looks great--can't wait to see your pumpkins!

My lemon-yellow sunflowers are blooming right now and they're all very tall and cute!

Can't believe the size of those "cherry tomatoes" already!

Libby said...

Gosh your garden looks great. I feel bad that I didn't do a thing this year . . . . next year, for sure *s*

Carrie P. said...

OXO makes a cherry pitter. cool. I have been looking for one in antique stores because I didn't think they even made them anymore. I will have to look for one.
Your garden is fabulous. Maybe it is too hot for the snow peas.
We have been going to the farmers market every Saturday. We have joined a CSA and that is where we pick up our box of vegetables and then we shop.
We got some of the sweetest corn called Cotton Candy. YUM! There is one lady that sell the best foccacia bread ever. We make tomato sandwiches with it.

*karendianne. said...

Wow!!! That's supersonic and I'm hungry.