Archive for September, 2009

Roast Beef Dinner

Monday night at our place is usually tasty dinner.  We take turns with our friends to make a dinner we wouldn’t usually make for just the two of us.

Tonight, I knew I had a roast in the freezer, and lots of veggies in the garden to eat.

So, I roasted the beef with potatoes and parsnips on the side, drizzled a squash with some oil and baked it, parboiled some chard and kale and tossed them with olive oil and sesame seeds.  OH MAN!  Growing a garden is delicious.

The best part came when we sat down to the amazing feast and realized that most of it was from the back yard.  So tasty!

Sorry for the lack of pictures – we ate it all before I could take any 🙂


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It turns out I don’t just plant veggies and fruit.  I planted a passion flower this spring and I love the blossoms.

passion flower

I picked one the other day in hopes of having it on my table, but it turns out that they close up when they are inside in the dark.  So much for that idea, but they’re still beautiful!  I have 4 open on the vine right now, and lots of buds too.

Coming soon…. I picked wheat!

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Things I Did Today

I drove out to Deep Cove (not the one in Vancouver) today to where I grew up and harvested all the fruit that would have, otherwise, just sat there unpicked.  Blackberries, apples and prune plums.  We filled the car with, what felt like, unearned produce.  Sure, we picked it, but we had nothing to do with growing it.  In fact, I don’t think that anyone did!  The trees have been there for years and anyone who lives on the west coast knows that blackberries grow everywhere of their own volition.

We stopped by two different farmers markets as well, and now I have some grapes, grape juice, dried figs, blue eggs (blue eggs!!) and some corn.

I got home, and while it was still hot and sunny out (thank goodness summer is making a last ditched effort), I went out and put up a clear tarp over the tomato plants.  It’s just one of those clear drop cloths that most people use for painting, but I’m hoping it will extend my tomato growing season significantly.  Otherwise, I’d be pulling those plants out in a week or two.  Maybe the little greenhouse effect will help them ripen faster as well.  This is the first year I’m experimenting with the tarp.

Now it’s time to boil some water, cook the corn I bought and freeze a lot of it so that I can eat it all winter long.  It’s so amazingly sweet and much more flavorful than the frozen corn I buy from the store.

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HOLY COW!  Look at the size of this thing! The thing that amazes me most DSC_0060is that it’s one of the smaller parsnips in the garden.

I had sort of abandoned the garden during the rain this last weekend.  And things have been growing like mad!  So many of the tomatoes have split because I wasn’t on the ball about getting them covered (this weekend, I swear).  The parsnips are as bushy as can be, there is swiss chard growing like weeds everywhere (what am I going to do with it all?)  and the pumpkins are starting to blush with orange.

I’m reading an anthology at the moment that just had an essay about asparagus, and it made me realize that while asparagus may be the first green sign of spring, I love all those squashes that carry me through the winter.  The soups, the roasted vegetables… I love them.  Next year I have to plant butternut squash.  I don’t know how it never made my list before.

Now that it’s the end of the season, what vegetables do you wish you had planted?

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happiest tomato

I think it’s the beautiful sunshine and warm weather after that bout of fall rain.

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Knowledge vs. Wisdom

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that they don’t go in fruit salad.” -Wall at Floyd’s Dinner

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It’s September and it is pouring with rain.  I was hoping to go out the 25 meters to check on my new seedlings, but I can’t bring myself to venture out in the down pour.  The brussell sprouts, turnips, onions and spinach will all have to keep growing without me (which I’m sure they will do).

I suppose that one of these days I’ll have to get over my loathing of getting wet and learn to garden in the rain on occasion.

But for now, all I can think of is my poor tomato leaves getting all wet while I’m curled up snug-as-a-bug in my nice warm house.  Maybe I should get a covering on those little guys.  My neighbour tells me that she can get tomatoes until Thanksgiving if she keeps them covered!

How do you guys feel about gardening in the rain?  Do you simply suck it up and venture out anyhow or do you wait for the deluge to subside?

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