Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Most Rewarding Part of Vegetable Gardening-The Harvest

It's August already and I've waited patiently all summer for the chance to harvest these beautiful, delectable vegetables! There are not many more rewards for me than to be able to walk out to my vegetable garden and pick organic vegetables to feed myself and my family. As I began gathering this morning, I was so giddy inside to see a rainbow of I snapped a few shots to share. From left to right: A sampling of herbs (sweet basil, flat-leaf Italian parsley, purple ruffles basil),"Green Zebra" tomato (a new heirloom for me this year), "Purple Cherokee" (new heirloom for me this year), "Viva Italia" Roma tomato, "Celebrity" tomato, "Black Cherry" (new heirloom for me this year), "Sunsugar" tomato, "Green Gem" zucchini, & "Big Bertha" bell pepper

Another angle of my cornicopia of veggies

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Belated Garden Blogger's Bloom Day-August 2011

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity and emotions, from the death of my mother-in-law to some very personal challenges! Lets just say I cannot handle another repeat of this summer! As a result of these experiences I've had to let my blogging time fall by the wayside temporarily. I know I'm a day late posting my GBBD post, but better late than never I guess.

Just when my garden is looking a little tattered and worn out, these beautiful "Limelight" hydrangeas steal the show for late summer color and look stunning well into the fall. They really hold up well in our dry climate in Utah, unlike most bigleaf hydrangeas that need constant humidity and more mild temperatures.

This daylily has about spent its blooming cycle this summer. Only a few more blossoms remain to bloom.

In the vegetable garden, my "Yukon Gold" potatoes are flowering. I just planted them July 1st to be harvested this fall.

These are two of my "Celebrity" tomatoes. As you can see we've had our share of crazy thunderstorms as indicated by the hailstone scars on the green one. Ummm! There is nothing better than a home-grown tomato!

I decided to plant a few more Heirloom tomatoes this year. This variety is called "Black Cherry." It's delicious!

As delicious as the "Black Cherry" tomato is, this cherry tomato, "Sunsugar" is like eating garden candy. Many of my neighbors have planted this variety after sampling these tomatoes from my garden. If you love cherry tomatoes, you better plant this one!

This is the last of my Shasta ("Becky") daisies to bloom.

These zinnias have been outstanding performers this summer. If I could figure out how to keep the earwigs from devouring them, I would be a happy gardener. I'm going to try some organic methods that I read about online.

The zinnia variety I planted this year is called "Dreamland. " They are a dwarf-type variety that has held-up well in our 50 mile-an-hour microburst winds.