Omelet and Baba Ganoush

Last Harvest

Last Harvest

Made omelets this morning from garden tomatoes, banana peppers, and fresh chives. Last night I made baba ganoush from the last eggplant from the garden.

I just checked back and the first omelet from the garden was on July 2, so we had 4 1/2 months of summer vegetables. Not too bad. The tomatoes for the last month certainly were not up to summer quality, but they were probably still better than supermarket tomatoes.

I still have 3 nice green peppers on the counter and the last lemon boy tomato. there is lots of kale and collards in the garden which should have improved after last nights 23-degree temps. That was really our first killing frost.

Tomatillos

I planted three tomatillo plants this year, two of the normal variety and one of the pineapple variety. The two normal ones produced very well, but the pineapple one had a low yield with very small fruits. I probably won’t plant that variety next year.

Since I am now growing them, I am always looking for some new recipes and came up with this one as an alternative to guacamole, which I make very often. Here’s a link to it on my karneyfamilyrecipes.com website.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Avocados

Roma Tomatoes – Decimated

 

Groundhog Damage

Groundhog Damage

I was just about to pick the next batch of Roma tomatoes, but the groundhog got to them first. He ate a bunch and randomly took bites out of the rest, basically trashing the whole crop.

He has also been attacking the heirlooms.

Grilled Veggies

Grilled Garden Veggies

Grilled Garden Veggies

The cherry tomatoes continue to yield extremely well and haven’t been touched by any critters. We made a nice grilled vegetable medley with garden zucchini, cherry tomatoes, basil and some store-bought mushrooms. (I’m afraid to eat any of those that I find in the yard.) Also some Costco vegetable burgers.

Drought!!

It’s been a very hot dry July, but the tomatoes are loving the heat! I need to water heavily every couple of days. The upside is that there are almost no mosquitoes, unlike the past two years when it was almost impossible to venture into the garden, even in bright sunlight.

First Zucchini

First Zucchini

First Zucchini

Despite the munching of the Woodchuck, I picked my first Zucchini today. Either Mr. Woodchuck or some other critter has been munching on the leaves and eating the fruits. The first clump of zucchini is pretty well trashed.

The Culprit — Identified!

I had suspected an Italian rabbit, since most of my eggplant was eaten along with zucchini, Lacinato Kale, and Italian frying peppers, but Katy’s mom spotted a large well-fed Woodchuck sneaking through the garden. A few minutes later we saw him on his hind legs feeding on gooseberries. This confirms Greg’s suspicion about the new burrow under my barn. He also did a number on two out of three clumps of Black-Eyed Susans. No wonder I can’t grow perennials.

Bruschetta

Bruscetta Fixin's

Bruschetta Fixin’s

The Roma tomatoes were small, as expected, but I picked enough tomatoes and basil to make a nice batch of bruschetta. The fresh tomatoes make all the difference in the world.

Last Herb Planting

Kevin and Katy will be having their “gender reveal” party here next weekend, so there has been a flurry of activity for the past couple of weeks trying to finish up the yardwork and get the place looking respectable.

I finished cleaning out the bed where the herbs are along the fence and planted basil, globe basil and Thai basil, oregano and dill. They had gallon containers on sale at the Crystal Lake Home Depot — 3 for $12,

I had enough mulch to cover the area after planting. There was some volunteer dill that had grown up plus French tarragon and oregano which I was able to save.

Goodbye, Lovage

A couple of years ago, I decided to plant some lovage seeds and a couple of them took and I got a few small lovage plants. Lovage is an herb with  a celery like smell and flavor used in soups and stews, more popular in Europe than here.

The perennial plant returned and was approximately 10 feet tall with large hollow stems and seedstalks that fell over because of the weight of the seeds. It dominated the whole back of the herb garden. Since it was so invasive and I never used it, celery leaves or seed would work as well, I removed it. It will probably need Roundup to finish the job.

There was also a good amount of buck thorn and nightshade growing along the fence, which will also probably need some spray to kill the roots after I removed the rest.