Garden Update

   
 
A couple of the tomato plants that I started from seed are still growing… Severely smaller than the ones that I bought as a fail safe… Which follow. 

   
     
 
I picked the first ripe tomato yesterday. It’s small, but it was really good. 

    
Eggplant that I got half off. I hope I get at least one before the seasons over. 

 
Sunflower. The ones I ordered were Pygmy sunflowers.  I thought they were supposed to be small. Guess not. 

   
The green beans are growing nicely. 

 
A pollinator for the acorn squash plant! Yay!

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Garden goodness

   

This zucchini plant has blossoms on it. It is the one I bought from the store. The one I planted from seed has 3 leaves. 

  

A pretty good looking watermelon plant. I did plant that one from seed. 

  

Okra from seed. Not too shabby. 

One of the tomato plants. Bought it from the store. They all look good. 

    

So this is the end of the sunflower plant. Maybe the ants killed the fly. I’m not sure. They were climbing all over it. 

  

I put up some string wrapped around the fence so that the green beans had something to climb on. One of them already is taking to it. Yay. Now if only I can get the acorn squash plant to follow. 

 

Garden progress

   These are the best looking plants of the bunch. Watermelon. And I used old seeds too.  Pretty awesome.   Below is the second watermelon plant. I honestly didn’t think that any watermelon would come up at all. I planted about 10 seeds and these two plants came up.    

These are carrots. I planted the rest of the packet, old seeds. I didn’t think any would come up. Happy surprise.   

This is thyme. Old seeds again. I planted some last year, but it did NOT do well. I hope this continues in a good way. I use thyme a lot in my cooking.   

A green bean starting to come through. I love green beans. I hope we get loads of green beans so I can can them. 

   This is broccoli. Not too bad. I’ve never grown it before. It looks super interesting.  The kids are having fun looking in the milk jugs. 

First harvest

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I picked this out of our garden tonight. I planted about 10 green bean plants, but since the tomatoes have grown into bushes instead of into their cages, they’re kind of smothering the plants. I think I may have stuffed too many things in the garden… Oops. I’m planning on tying some of the tomato stems loosely to the cages so at least they’re off the ground. Maybe the green bean plants will get more sun and grow better.

I wasn’t sure whether or not to pull the shallots or not. When I pulled it, it looked like all it was doing was dividing, and not really getting any bigger. It seems the rest of them are doing the same thing, but we’ll see with time.

 

 

Fixing the Garden

We’ve been having trouble with rabbits, I think. I see them in the yard all the time. I think they’re eating the green beans. The leaves are gone. Also, there are little ones here that like to dig in the dirt and play with plants…DSCN0362So I bought some chicken wire. I thought that I’d put it inside the cinder blocks, and cut the chicken wire in half so I’d have enough for the whole garden. I, however, did not let my husband in on the plan (Oops). So he goes out there to do it and he’s like… “did you not measure?” I guess this is where communication issues come into place. 🙂 We talked about it and we decided to keep it on the outside of the cinder blocks. So my husband went to the store to buy some more chicken wire.DSCN0370And a couple zucchini plants and a cucumber plant magically appeared in the garden after that trip. 😉 Of the three zucchini plants that I planted, one has died and another might survive. But we really like zucchini and I don’t want to take any chances. I hope I don’t kill any more plants.
DSCN0371I bought some marigolds the other day because I read somewhere that they’re good for repelling pests. And hey, a little color wouldn’t hurt, right?


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I had planted basil inside and I figured today was a good day to plant it outside. They now live beside the tomato plants. I hope all goes well from now on.DSCN0358

Garden Update

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We had some trouble with the zucchini and cucumber. I thought I was overwatering, so I cut back. But that was evidently not the right thing to do. So now we’re watering a lot more now.

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The tomato plants aren’t doing that bad.

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The onions are sure taking off.

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The green beans are lookin’ good. I don’t know what’s up with the one without leaves. Maybe bunnies.

 

 

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken, Mozzarella Zucchini and Shallot Green Beans

This is the first time I’ve had chicken in months, it tasted pretty amazing. I only wish that I wasn’t rushing to get out the door. I should’ve started cooking earlier. I have to say though that it was a pretty quick meal to cook anyways. I started cooking around 5:40 after saying good bye to the kiddos and was out the door at 6:20.

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

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Start with however many chicken breasts that will feed your family. Pat them dry, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary (minced), salt, pepper, garlic powder (or minced garlic if you’re not crunched for time). Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for about 10 – 15 minutes. When it’s cooked through drizzle some balsamic vinegar over it.

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Shallot Green Beans

This honestly is my favorite green beans recipe. Slice a couple shallots and throw them in a preheated pan over medium-high heat with some olive oil. Season with salt to draw the liquids out and caramelize them. I like them all browned on the edges, deeper than the picture below. When you get it how you like it, throw in some frozen green beans, or some fresh blanched ones. (I don’t think canned will work that well as you’d basically have a bunch of mush when you’re done.) Season with salt and some garlic powder (or minced garlic). Keep moving them around the pan until they are thawed and to the tenderness of your liking. Sometimes I even like them to get a little brown and caramelized on a side or two. The shallots really add something to it. So yummy!

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Mozzarella Zucchini

I sliced the zucchini in 1/4″ thick pieces. You can go thinner if you want. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray, lay the zucchini on it, sprinkle some salt on it. Give it another spray of oil, then layer on the mozzarella. I put it in the oven with the chicken for the last 5 minutes. The cheese will melt. When the chicken’s done, turn on the broiler and put the zucchini right under it to brown the cheese.

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The second day of the South Beach Diet is going pretty well. I had a mushroom and asparagus omelet (well it was supposed to be an omelette – but it just turned out like scrambled eggs. I need to get a teflon skillet), and I had a salad for lunch with turkey lunch meat, hardboiled egg, tomato, cheese, sunflower seeds and balsamic vinaigrette. Snacks were reduced fat cheese sticks and almonds.