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Looking back at 2011

Post  littlesapphire on 1/30/2012, 4:24 pm

I'm feeling kind of blue because it's still the dead of winter and I won't be able to start even my earliest seeds inside for another month, so I decided I'm going to post all my 2011 garden pictures! Maybe that'll cheer me up, and maybe you too Smile

April 7th

This is one of the first real signs that spring is coming for me. My crocuses start coming up!








June 28th

I'm disappointed I didn't take more pictures of the earlier stages of my garden, but oh well! At least I'll remember to this year.

Despite what Mel says in his book, I still put most of my garden way out in the back of my yard, about 75 feet from my house.







The other part of my garden is on the south facing side of my house, close to my side door. Those are forks you see in the soil. I had a cat pooping it it all the time!





Here's a friend who would come to visit me in the garden. She was really sweet, and had many many toes!





And here's my first zucchini!




July 17th

Here my garden is a little later and a little bigger. My peas were starting to grow further than I could reach.

















August 5th

Look, my first ever carrot!



I had just enough of the cat pooping in my garden, and the deer eating ALL the leaves off my pole beans, so I put up a cheap fence around my garden. It worked, though. The beans actually recovered from having all their leaves eaten (twice) and produced a nice crop.







Here's my hubby and my cat being adorable, lol.



August 15th


Here's some of my yummy harvest.





August 23rd






And that's all I've got! Hope you enjoyed as much as I did Smile
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  Chopper on 1/30/2012, 4:45 pm

@littlesapphire wrote:

And that's all I've got! Hope you enjoyed as much as I did Smile

I did!

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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  GWN on 1/30/2012, 5:10 pm

nice to see your crocuses, i am in the same zone as you and planted a ton of them last fall.
Great garden you have.
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Post  LaborDay RN on 1/30/2012, 8:36 pm

Great pictures! Are the canned tomatoes pickled? Do you have a recipe? They are gorgeous to look at and would make lovely Christmas gifts (I'm thinking ahead here Very Happy )
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Post  littlesapphire on 1/30/2012, 8:46 pm

Thank you, everyone! I'm glad you all enjoyed my pictures.

LaborDay, the tomatoes are indeed pickled. I got the recipe from the Ball Blue Book, the pickled cherry tomato recipe. I made it for Christmas gifts, too, though I kept some for myself as well. They're very intense and are great on sandwiches.
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Post  littlesapphire on 1/30/2012, 8:49 pm

Actually, here's a link to someone's blog with the exact recipe on it:

http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/recipes/pickled-grape-tomatoes/
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/30/2012, 9:57 pm

LDRN, thanks for asking the question I thought of when I first read LittleSapphire's post.

LittleSapphire, the pickled tomatoes look wonderful, especially on a dreary day. Thanks for providing the recipe, it sounds great.
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Post  LaborDay RN on 1/31/2012, 12:19 am

Littlesappire....thanks so much for the link! I think I see pickles sweet 100's in my future! thanks
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  shannon1 on 1/31/2012, 1:32 am

You have inspired me to do a better job at keeping a garden diary this year and I will take some pics on the 1st of each month at least. Thank you for shareing your overview.
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  Luci Dawson on 1/31/2012, 2:04 pm

@littlesapphire wrote:Actually, here's a link to someone's blog with the exact recipe on it:

http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/recipes/pickled-grape-tomatoes/

I can't believe I'm already planning next Christmas' gifts...and I haven't even planted the tomatoes yet rofl
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  newstart on 1/31/2012, 2:09 pm

everything looked great. may have to steal the fork idea from you. we have lots of wild cats around. I do not want a 4x4 cat box outside
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  quiltbea on 1/31/2012, 2:11 pm

I loved the walk thru your garden. Makes me yearn for this year as I watch the snow coming down outside my windows.
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  duhh on 1/31/2012, 2:15 pm

Great job! Loved looking at all of your pics! Thank you so much for sharing them all!
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Post  llama momma on 1/31/2012, 2:19 pm

Really enjoyed a stroll through your garden. Love your multi-toed kitty. The plastic forks are creative, functional, and quite humorous! Thanks for making me smile.
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Re: Looking back at 2011

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/31/2012, 2:52 pm

I also used the forks to prevent my foster kitty (we care for her during the winter and spring while her parents are in Arizona) from playing, laying and pooping in my nice Mel's Mix and lettuces.



This is last year's Round Foot Garden on our semi-enclosed porch, March, 2011. Parris Island Romaine, Frizzy Headed Drunken Woman Lettuce and tiny seedlings of Revolution Lettuce.
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Post  littlesapphire on 1/31/2012, 3:16 pm

Lol Furbal, I want to try that Drunken Woman lettuce just because it sounds so funny. The forks worked well for me, but I had to place them really tightly together. Otherwise, the cat would find a hole in the forks just big enough for his butt!
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/1/2012, 2:46 pm

Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed Lettuce << CLICK THERE

I had the name backwards Very Happy

Actually a very good lettuce, tender and sweet. Relatively bolt resistant.

I think I bought this because Boffer had it first.
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