Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tomatoes, zucchini and strawberries

I've managed to knock the lawn back into shape and we're now amazed by the growth that has occurred during the last two weeks of rain. Carrots are much larger, we'll likely harvest some early beets this weekend and the broccoli looks like it will be a success.

These tumbler tomatoes, while still green, are heavily loaded with fruit. Each day we inspect, hoping to see signs of ripening.

The zucchini plant has also begun producing and we'll harvest this one this weekend. This fellow (or so I assume...) is about eight inches long.

And the strawberry patch has begun to provide enough berries for dessert every couple of days. In the meantime, we've turned the remainder of the berries we picked this week into jam, which was much better tasting than the preserves we did earlier this week. Boiling the mixture down (instead adding pectin) really concentrates the flavour.

Up next: We're off to the market today and perhaps for a longer bike ride this afternoon. And then I'll be out restoring order among the veggies and looking at what perennials need to be displaced out of the old vegetable garden to get it ready to plant for next year.

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