Already passing the 1/2 way point in a 365 growing season and the summer garden is filling in nicely with ripe and semi ripe fruit and veggies. Of course there are a few problems like with the pesky harelquin bugs and a rash infestation of the those horrid sticky black aphids. Hopefully we can contain these outbreaks into just an isolated area either by spraying with natural insecticides or the other choice is to not even bother and just get rid of the plants all together.
Over the weekend picked over one pound of blueberries (that’s a lot of little berries!!!!). Whoot! We’ve certainly come a long way in our blueberry harvest from years ago. When all we got was a few (like five) berries. For years it was a joke in our household of the “$200 blueberries” – figuring those five blueberries cost in water, fertilizer, etc. Yeah, I know why not just give it up and get blueberries from the store. Or even more radical give up blueberries altogether hence our motto “if it’s not growing in our backyard then don’t eat it.” But, no we are a stubbord lot – actually rumoured that our family crest has a ram or goat. Through trial and error that included a few dead blueberry plants Farmer D persisted and finally found a perfect spot in the garden for them now where they are thriving. And now for the last couple years have been blessed with a decent blueberry harvest.
Yeah who knew, you can successfully grow blueberries in So Cal!
Then there are the Anna Apples that we are harvesting by the basketful. I hope to post soon about making apple butter (which we did over the weekend with many more batches to come) but in the meantime we are enjoying plates of delicious apple crisp.
Beans, eggplant, sqaush, tomatoes are coming in so our meals have transitioned over to a more summery flavor. Yummy!
Don’t you just love summer!
What’s your favorite summertime flavors?