Photos From Our Garden

Here are a few photos from our garden for your Sunday viewing pleasure…

We’ve harvested 10 yellow squash and 6 striped zucchinis so far from just 4 plants. This was our first time to try the striped zucchini. It’s a fun plant because the fruit can grow super long really quick. They taste the same as the regular zucchini – delicious! We planted 2 more of each about a month ago and those plants are now starting to bloom.

We are growing Kirby cucumbers (pickling cukes) up a trellis this year. So far, that has been really successful and we’re getting 4-5 cucumbers a day. We’ve already had enough to make a quart of refrigerator dills (garlic cilantro dills, to be exact). They are yummy!

We tried Ox Heart carrots this year. They are short and fat little carrots. I think they were supposed to be a bit bigger but summer came on full force and the heat didn’t help them much. Same for the “pencil” onions. We ate them anyway. 🙂 And our potatoes that we grew in bags – well, they produced about 8 pounds of white and purple potatoes. Though the bags worked great, I think next time we may try putting them in a raised bed.

The Minibel tomatoes are doing terrific on the new patio. We’re getting a handful from each plant every day now. These are meaty little tomatoes that taste great when roasted with squash. We are also growing Blueberry Tomatoes, which are tart and juicy, and a volunteer tomato that looks and tastes a lot like a San Marzano (though I have no idea where that seed came from!) We also have an entire row of Bonny, Beef Steak, and Cherokee Purple tomatoes that we keep forgetting to take photos of.

Speaking of volunteer plants, I think we have a pumpkin growing in the raised bed. It certainly looks like pumpkin leaves, but I’m no expert. Last year, we grew a cantaloupe that we thought was a cucumber. I do know that the tiny plant in the red bucket is ginger. We found a YouTube video from Epic Gardening on how to sprout ginger, so we’re going to see what happens. We harvested our cabbage on Friday. Of the 6 heads we planted, 4 made it to maturity. We’re pretty happy with that.

And the blackberries! This is our 4th season with these plants (from Baker Creek) and I think this is going to be the best one yet! The canes are loaded, and if you look closely, you’ll see they are now leaning over the cucumber trellis.

Our green beans did not do well so we pulled them up and replanted the space with cowpeas. We always have great success with these peas. We also have 7 okra plants bordered by a ring of chamomile. We’ve harvested about a cup of flowers so far to try making tea at some point.

How’s your garden growing this year? Any odd volunteer plants show up out of nowhere? What has been your greatest success so far?

 

Hanging Pictures with Rocks

We got the keys to our new home a week ago and have been slowly moving in. We rented a U-Haul van last Saturday to bring the big stuff – which consisted solely of our queen size bed, our small chest freezer, and our kitchen table/desk – and a handful of boxes. I’m happy to report that we sold 100% of the items that we listed on Marketplace, for a sum total of $850.

For introverts, there’s an upside to moving during a pandemic. We got to sign our lease online and moved into our apartment without every having to step foot in the office. They left the key on the counter and the door unlocked. I say key but it’s not even a key really – is an electronic fob that unlocks the door by just holding it close to it. It’s very hotel-like 🙂

We had most of the boxes unpacked the next day, but then, life happened and the items that have yet to be placed in homes are still sitting in the living room where the couch would go (if we had one).

Land of the Homeless Stuff

After much debate and online browsing, we did finally order a new couch. It was supposed to be delivered this past Thursday but has now been delayed until after the 16th. I’m hoping to find homes for all of the miscellaneous stuff and pictures before it arrives so that one day, the room will look complete (and photo worthy!) The new couch is smaller and more versatile than the old one. It can be L-shaped or flip out to make a full-size lounger/sofa bed. It’s not the old-school kind with the mattress inside but rather something akin to a recliner where the bottom folds up or down. We thought it might be a better solution for our overnight guests (namely our 5-year-old niece) rather than the twin size air mattress we’ve been using. I’ll have to post pictures because my description does it no justice. The new couch cost $458 (tax included). We made $450 off the old set so you could say that we got the new one for a mere $8. I love frugal math!

It’s been a wild ride these last few weeks. Deciding to move at the spur of the moment was both a boost and a drain. On the one hand, it motivated us. I think ever since our travel plans got cancelled for COVID, we’ve been in a bit of a funk. Having to get busy doing something, especially something this exciting, was the kick we needed. On the other hand, we had to do it amid all the work that we had scheduled for June. We flew through our house surveys, completing 83 subdivisions in 3 days! And I spent more than 40 hours tagging stuff at Dollar General (yet another of those unusual jobs that I have a habit of stumbling across and will explain more about later).

Just a little more than 48 hours after we officially moved in, Angie flew off to Texas for her annual visit with her parents (or summer camp, as I like to call it). She’s building things, like this:

Meanwhile, I’m trying to hang a bulletin board in the kitchen using a rock for a hammer – a painted rock at that! I’m pretty sure our hammer is still in the tool box at the old apartment. I left the tools there until I can remove the water filter that we installed on the kitchen faucet, which I’m hoping will be today. Along with the tools, I have a broom, a fishing pole, and a badminton set that I need to retrieve as well, and then we can finally turn over our keys – though, we technically have the old apartment until mid-month.

I might also mention, that along with all the work and moving and getting Angie ready to go to Texas, Caesar had to go to the vet (kidney infection) and my mom had to go to the ER by ambulance. She twisted around to answer the phone and apparently tore the cartilage in her ribs. The pain was so great, she collapsed and couldn’t move. At first, we thought she had broken her back again (she has compression fractures and once broke her back changing a light bulb, so it happens). I’m happy to report that while it was quite painful, it wasn’t serious and she has recovered well. She even helped me in the garden yesterday.

And Caesar, well, he’s good too – taking his medication like a champ and enjoying the new patio.

 

I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that July is not such a busy month. I have plans for a lot of upcoming posts, including a garden and job update, along with photos of the new place, of course. So stay tuned…and have a very happy and safe 4th of July!