Garlic Dill Pickles

Okay, so we got some help from Brainy Smurf on the pickle front.  He is bravely dictating Papa Smurf’s favorite pickle recipe.

Some handsome cucumbers, washed and pokes removed.

Some handsome cucumbers, washed and pokes removed.

Brainy Smurf inspecting the cuke

Brainy Smurf inspecting the cuke

washed and rolled in salt

washed and rolled in salt

Closeup of the dill.

Closeup of the dill.

ready for assembly

ready for assembly

myself making sure I'm understanding the process and the recipe

myself making sure I’m understanding the process and the recipe

endgame

endgame

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Garden Photo Journal 3

Welcome again to my continued adventure with my garden photo journal.  We’re into the peak of this summer, and where I would expect at least some kind of decent benefit from the garden, I am starting to see some payoffs, and some things lacking.   One thing I’ve been waiting for (impatiently) are my zucchini and yellow summer squash.  Both have only yielded male flowers, so seeing each and every blossom fall off after a day has been a disheartening experience.  Going out to the garden this morning, I was delighted to find some surprises.

female zucchini flower

male zucchini flower, note the lack of ovary

male zucchini flower, note the lack of ovary

a closeup perspective of female blossoms developing

a closeup perspective of female blossoms developing

another closeup perspective of female blossoms developing

another closeup perspective of female blossoms developing

another perspective

another perspective

honeybees happily working away

honeybees happily working away

And got a surprise on the butternut squash vine:

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Tomatoes are looking good:

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The cucumbers are looking fantastic:

burpee straight eights, I only have 2 so far :(

burpee straight eights, I only have 2 so far 😦

burpee pickler hybrid

burpee pickler hybrid

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Jalapeno and cherry bomb peppers below . . . my red pepper plants follow, but no fruit as of yet:

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This red pepper plant is probably the healthiest of the plants, and grows happily under the shade of the cucumber plant leaves next to the trellis. I’m curious if these plants do better in such a situation. More to come on this later.

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Say hello to my little friends

spice-bush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, munching away at the fennel

spice-bush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, munching away at the fennel

basil and dill are looking good:

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Dill heads waiting on my cucumbers to finish up growing.

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Gardening Photo Journal 1

Pity  the farmer.  It is our first real Spring living in the new house, and we got a few garden beds set up.  So far so good, with some failures, and some success.  I had to redo the herb garden; while the fennel did fine, the basil never germinated.  I set up a nice wood border and flattened the soil and got some compost in, and things are looking much better.  I sowed some Genovese and Sweet Basil (pictured below), Oregano, Parsley and dill.  As an experiment, I sowed some Winter Savory and Lavender.

Popping up after a week of direct sowing.

Popping up after a week of direct sowing.

Looking good so far

Climbing away at the trellis

Red Peppers at the end, followed by Habanero, and Jalapeno. Tomatoes on the right row.

Just popping up this morning!