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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot & Humid, Harvest, Tea Time & Arrangement


Only one of my three blueberry bushes have a few blueberries on it so I had to buy some for our freezer!  At $14.95 for 5 pounds I am sure hoping that my bushes will grow and do better at producing berries for me!!  I bought 10 pounds but if the price goes down I want to pick up another 5 pounds!  Blueberries are not only yummy but so good for you!


"Wonderful Gardener" is picking our raspberries every other day now.  As Martha Stewart would say, "That is a good thing!"


My grape cherry and sun gold tomato plants are starting to produce.  Lots of green ones on them yet.  Green ones on the big tomato plants too but no ripe ones!  It has been so hot and humid here that I think I am ripening faster than my crops!!


I dug under my potato plants and came up with these to put in with our roast one day!  Yummy!!!!  Two more cherry tomatoes!


I pulled out all my beets and harvested them for pickled beets!  I don't seem to do well growing beets and am thinking about using that space to try to grow more potatoes next year.


I had enough to can up six pints of pickled beets and a couple little packages in the freezer for me.  "Wonderful Gardener" does not eat beets so all the more for me!


I harvested Basil and put in the dehydrator to dry.  I need to remember to do one more batch.


I was able to harvest only one zucchini so far!  Hopefully more to follow!


My tea drinking gardener friend came over for tea one day!  Always fun to talk about our gardens together!


Do you remember the little teacup/pot that I planted a plant in?  My plant died so Melissa made me a darling little artificial arrangement in it.  Now I don't have to worry about watering it.  Guess I must not have a green thumb after all!!  Have I said it is hot and humid here!!  I loose my enthusiasm for gardening in this kind of weather! How about you????



20 comments:

Shawn Ann said...

Yes, I don't like to get out in this heat! And the mosquitoes are terrible after all the rain we have had! That looks like a pretty impressive bowl of beets if you ask me! I haven't picked mine, they are still small. I would love to have a tea party with a gardening friend. How fun!

nutmeg gardener said...

Your beets sure look good enough to me! Also loving the looks of those beautiful raspberries and tomatoes!

Stoney Acres said...

A great little harvest this week. I've always had a hard time growing beets as well. I just gave up on them. Wow, I know you don't think so but that's a great price for blueberries. In our area they cost $5 a pint!! No blueberries in Utah, they can't take our soil.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Shawn Ann, I thought beets were suppose to get larger. I don't go out to work in the evenings and the mosquitoes have not been bad in the daytime here. Hope yours stop bothering you. Thankful for my tea time friend! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi nutmeg gardener, Maybe I was expecting too much out of my beets or maybe I just don't like to can them! They are so messy and so much work! But then I do love to eat those pickled beets! Glad you could visit! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Stoney Acres, Thanks! When I see how much others are harvesting now I grow impatient! I think probably the lugs of blueberries are cheaper than buying the little packages at the store. I didn't know you couldn't grow them there. Glad you could visit! Nancy

Audrey said...

hi Nancy ... looks like you are doing good with your harvest. I love pickled beets, but have never grown or canned them. Good luck with your blueberries. They are so good and as you say ... good for you.
Hugs,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Audrey, I love pickled beets but I don't love canning them! LOL My blueberries have a long way to go but I keep hoping! Thank you for visiting! Nancy

Bernideen said...

Oh what wonderful fruits and vegetables you are putting up. Lovely tea time with your friend too!
I loved doing pickled beets back in the 70's and hope I can again when I retire!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen, Thanks! I don't like canning pickled beets but I sure do love eating them!!! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Vickie @ makingoursustainablelife.com said...

Wow, those jars of pickled beets looks fantastic! I love them sliced up on a salad. Holy cow, what are you doing with all those blueberries? Do you can them, freeze them or dehydrate? Your raspberries look amazing! Yum! Have a great day!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Vickie, I freeze the blueberries. We like them in pie or I eat them in yogurt or just eat them! Will pick up more if the price goes down! We are not going to get as many raspberries this year as last I don't think. Thanks for visiting. Come again! Nancy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is a good thing!!! The rasberries look fabulous! I bet those potatoes were great!

Carol

Home and Garden said...

hi nancy,
great harvest!!! i love blueberries,but here in my part of the world,they are very expensive. the pickled beets looks amazing.
wish you a nice time,
love regina

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Carol, Thanks! We do love our raspberries and the few potatoes I dug up were delicious! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Home and Garden, Thanks! Hoping that eventually my blueberry bushes will grow and produce more so I won't have to buy so many! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

vicki said...

Hi, Nancy, your pickled beets look delicious! Our beets didn't do so great. We made 1 pint of pickled beets only but really enjoyed them! A tea party with a gardening friend sounds wonderful!

Have a great week!

:)Vicki

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi vicki, Thanks! I haven't tasted the pickled beets yet but hope they are tasty! I am afraid with the hot and dry weather this year that my garden is not too successful! Oh, well, next year!! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Those fresh veggies and berries look amazing! Yum!
Patti

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Patti from Ivy and Elephants, Thanks! Harvesting a little is better than none so I am thankful for what I do get! Thank you for your visit and kind comment! Nancy