Thursday, August 27, 2009

Have you tried Alpine Strawberries?.

I wanted you to see how small are Alpine strawberries. See the penny on the paper towel with them and the baby carrot. Alpine reds are a bit tangier than regular ones but the size is perfect for adding to cereal and ice cream. The yellow ones are a bit larger and they have a taste similar to pineapple. I only have 3 plants each but will add more next spring. Alpines are perennials and don't take the care that regular ones need, like cutting back and cutting off runners and removing the mother plant, etc.
As usual, I picked more tomatoes, among them Romas, Early Girls, Big Boys, German Queen, small Red Husky and tiny Sweet 100s. I'll have to be making sauce in the next several days to preserve them.

I wanted to see how my onions are doing so I pulled up a few onions, both yellow and white and laid them in the sun to dry out. They are a medium size.
Its wonderful to have a garden of your own for fresh veggies. I'm enjoying this trip into Square Foot Gardening and hope to get some new radishes and lettuce in this weekend for the fall crops.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More of my roses are reblooming lately....

Before seeing the roses, check out these Golden Russet potatoes I dug up day before yesterday. I wanted to check them out. There was enough for my supper and that of my daughter's family. Mmmm good. I'll leave them along with the Kennebecs to grow a bit more.

This is lovely Crimson Falstaff, a deep red rose.
Here are a pair of them.
This bright pink is Portmerion.
This apricot is Teasing Georgia
This is in two shades, pink with a bit of yellow at the throat... Christopher Marlowe.
I love all my English David Austin Roses. They bloomed earlier in the summer and now they are starting their reblooming which will take them thru all of Sept and some of Oct, depending on the weather, in southwestern Maine.
My square foot garden is giving me lots of good food. Tonite we gathered cabbages and both sweet and hot peppers and more tomatoes. I'm so glad I had my son put in those 12" raised beds. They are giving us good crops.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My roses are coming back after the heat...

My David Austin roses always take some time off in the summer heat and don't bloom. Right now one is coming back and its been hot. This is Camisole, an apricot rose and very aromatic. I love it.
We've had temps in the 80s and sometimes around 90 and the humidity has been awful on many of those days. I won't complain because the rain in July drowned many home gardens. I was lucky. With my veggies in raised beds, the water drained well so except for some mushy strawberries and some water rot, my plants made it thru July. Now we are getting the much needed sunshine we missed. I doubt, tho, that my melons will make up any ground. They look stunted so far. We've been eating tomatoes, cukes, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant and peppers lately. The lettuce is past as are the radishes. I've really enjoyed this first summer with a raised veggie garden.