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Tomatoes at last

September 1, 2013


Lest my radio silence be mistaken for lack of gardening, I give you:  Tomato Season.


I’ve got 26 pints of roasted tomato sauce canned, with more in the works.

IMG_3612My squash are sadly dying from powdery mildew, but we’ve enjoyed some zucchini and flying Saucer squash, and have shredded and frozen some, too, for use this winter.  The Diva and Socrates cukes have been divine.  So wish I’d managed a second planting of cukes.

As always, there is much to do and too little time here at Henbogle.  Sigh.


Here’s a glimpse of one of the garden’s less demanding residents.  He’s been singing to us for much of the summer.

Harvest Monday: Broccoli edition

June 24, 2013

IMG_3185IMG_3188Finally, after my slow start in the garden, some harvests are happening.  I harvested 3 heads of broccoli, weighing in at 1 lb. 12 oz..  Another 3 heads are also almost ready to go.  We’ll eat one tonight and freeze the rest for winter treats.  One head started to bolt early, but while not cosmetically perfect should still be tasty.

I discovered this morning that some other mammal is harvesting some crops for me, unfortunately.  Recently set out broccoli and Brussels sprouts, lettuce, cauliflower, all have been chomped.  I suspect it is a rabbit that squeezed through the garden gate.  I’ll be fixing that as soIMG_3186on as this report is posted.  This early unauthorized harvesting may be the end of the Brussels sprouts and broccoli, I don’t know if they can recover if the main stem is eaten.  I may need to look for replacement plants.

Some of the lettuce was of a size where I could harvest some of the outer leaves, but no more.  A few of the smaller transplants are doomed, I think they are too chomped to recover.  Grrrr.  Time to set the HaveNoHeart trap.

Harvest Monday: Bok Choi and Tatsoi

May 20, 2013

IMG_3077I’m finally harvesting a few items from the garden.  Whew, it’s been a long haul, and I’ve really missed having my own backyard produce after our summer away last year.

Saturday I picked two nice bok choi and tatsoi plants for a stir fry for dinner.  It was a pretty local stir fry, too, other than the rice and the green beans, soy sauce, ginger and oil, everything in the dish was locally sourced.IMG_3081  Ok, maybe not that local except by weight.  Still, it was darn tasty!

Unfortunately I forgot to weigh them, but will weigh the remaining plants when I harvest them this week and guesstimate the total.  The two remaining plants were smaller so it will probably even out, or least be close enough.

I also picked a few radishes and will make these into an Asian-type salad this week using some rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.  I’m out of sesame oil though, so they have to wait a bit in the fridge as they were getting a bit big.

This post is part of Daphne’s Harvest Monday series on her fabulous blog, Daphne’s Dandelions.  Other gardeners from around the globe report in on what is growing in their gardens,  It is really interesting reading.


May 7, 2013

IMG_2950I have managed to harvest a few radishes through the weeds in the hoophouse.  These weigh about 1 1/2 oz.  Oooh boy.

It isn’t all bad news

August 13, 2012

Despite my post-holiday funk, it isn’t all bad news here at Henbogle.  Even without us, the garden is productive (just not producing as much of what WE want).  Dan is picking more blueberries as I write, and earlier this summer, Mom dug our shallots and garlic, both of which look great.  The shallots appear to be more evenly sized this year although a bit on the small side — unsurprising considering they were abandoned to fend for themselves amidst the weeds and weather.  I need to weigh the shallots but I counted 74 heads of garlic.

Today I did another walk through and pulled a few weeds (a little rain yesterday helped that effort) and had a closer look.  The pepper plants are mostly looking healthy amidst the weeds.  If I can get them weeded we may still have a decent crop of peppers. I pulled a couple of leeks, which are holding their won amidst the weeds.  If I can get them weeded, fertilized and a bit of water they may fatten up a bit.

The tomatoes have a lot of green fruit and some ripe, but I can see leaf spot and some sort of blight has hit a couple of plants, sigh.  I picked a few ripe tomatoes and pulled a few weeds, but I suspect the tomato season will be just about over.  Ah well.  Clearly I should have seeded the entire garden with a cover crop.  I’ll know better next time.

Harvest Monday: Hoop house spinach

March 12, 2012

With warm temps and sunshine, the hoophouse spinach is beginning to grow more quickly.  We invited Dan’s mom to join us for lunch and to give the new stove a workout. Dan picked about half a pound of spinach destined for pizza and salad.  I sautéed some spinach with garlic and olive oil, spread it on the dough and added feta cheese and thinly sliced red onions.  (It was pretty tasty even though I forgot to salt the spinach while cooking it, which makes a huge difference.)

Garden sourced toppings included my roasted tomato sauce, home-grown garlic, and pesto from my basil.  The final pizza was caramelized onion with blue cheese and walnuts.

The new range performed like a champ.  The convection feature makes a big difference.  The crust was tender tasty, and lightly charred on the bottom, the toppings cooked, the cheese browned.  It was so good, someone couldn’t wait to taste it!

The spinach in the salad was sweet and tender.  I am so happy to be eating from the garden again!

See what other gardeners are enjoying on Daphne’s fabulous urban gardening blog, Daphne’s Dandelions.

Harvest Monday: Spinach-tacular

February 20, 2012

See those lovely spinach plants?  Well, there are 5 oz. less of them now.  On Saturday I harvested 5 oz of spinach, which I cooked and served on pizza.  It was delicious.

It was not my first harvest of the season — but it was the first harvest of something sown for 2012.  The bok choy was a 2011 plant I kept until 2012.  I’m not planning on tracking my harvests regularly this season as Dan and I are planning a big road trip out west this summer, but the first spinach harvest of the season is surely worth noting, and eating.

We had another first yesterday, too.  One of our Americauna hens laid her first egg of 2012.  Those two have been slacking all winter, but finally contributed to the Henbogle larder.  Maybe it was the conversation about freezer camp?


Harvest Tuesday: Purple Bok Choy

January 3, 2012

Weatherwise, it has been a bewildering fall and early winter here at Henbogle.  An early heavy snowstorm in October had me thinking we’d be in for it, but the snow melted and temperatures climbed.  A mere 8 days later, Dan and I were planting shallots in our shirtsleeves.  The day before Thanksgiving we got another big storm with 10 inches of snow, which disappeared a few days later.  It rained, the days were warm, the ground soft, the grass got green, I thought I’d have to mow the darn lawn.

We received a little snow to whiten Christmas, then a few days later it is 51°F and Dan and I are beachcombing??  Upon arriving home on Sunday, I peeked in the hoophouse and thought, I should pick those 2 bok choy plants.  I had left them for dead weeks earlier, but with the mild weather, had survived and even grown a bit.  Sadly, I got distracted, and did not pick them.  Monday night, temperature plunged again but today, after the cold night last night (high teens, brr!) Dan picked them when he got home from school and it was still balmy in the hoophouse.

My first harvest of 2012!  2 ounces of bok choy is destined for the dinner plate in a stir fry tomorrow for dinner.   Maybe we’ll finish off the last bit of Meyer Lemon Ice Cream from Christmas to celebrate the harvest.

Dilly Brussels sprouts report

December 11, 2011

ps:  The Dilly Brussels sprouts?

Amazing.  We didn’t have dill heads, so used dried dill weed.  Next year, if I am unable to use dill heads, I’ll add a few dill seeds to the batch, but these are delicious.  YUM!

For the kitties

November 6, 2011

This is the second year I’ve grown catnip for the kitties.  I started it from seed and grew it in the raised bed area of the main veggie garden.  I haven’t had a problem with cats, perhaps because the garden is fenced in, but I’m happy that is the case. 

I harvested it earlier this year when the buds were well developed.  I cut several big bunches of it and hung it in the barn to dry.  Today I finally got around to processing it.

I simply rub the dry stalks between my hands over a large plastic tub.  Some of the stems break off, so I pick some out but don’t get too worked up over it.  Once the majority of leaves have come off the stalks, I give the stalks to Ocho, and crush the leaves up a bit more, then bag it.  This year I netted 4.5 ounces — that should be enough to keep the kitties happy for a while.