We’re growing food!

Today our seeds we’ve been anxiously waiting for have arrived!!  We ordered seeds from Baker Creek nearly a month ago, and they had to resend them because the first ones never arrived.  David went to the post office to sign for them and opened them before I got home.  As he knew I’d be as excited as he was, he sent me this text:

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While we’ve been waiting for the seeds, the spot for the cucumbers has changed a few times.  Today, I planted 5 of them along the fence in the front yard, in the back of our mystery compost/ flower garden.  Hopefully the tiny little cucumbers and dainty vines won’t get lost amongst the cosmos.  (Although I couldn’t think of a prettier place to be lost.)

We’ll plant the white radishes after we finish the ones we have in.  These are a different heirloom variety (the others were a hybrid from Johnny’s) so we’re hoping we like them better.

The black radishes (which we’ll pickle) and the french breakfast went in, as well as some circus circus carrots that we had laying around.  I’ve tried the carrots in a few places and haven’t had much luck.  This time they all went in right in front of the sprinkler (see right hand side of the picture below).  *fingers crossed*

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The tomatoes are growing well.  We’ve been pinching the suckers to help shape them.  They are getting full of flowers and each of them have little green tomatoes on them.  Which reminds me, I found a great recipe for radish and green tomato salsa the other day, but we don’t have the heart to use green tomatoes this time of year unless they fall off on their own. Perhaps you have some?

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Watching the San Marzanos grow is great fun because they’re in giant clusters. This one is shaping up nicely so far!

In the back yard, we are just getting flowers on the tomatoes.  They need support still, and that’ll be coming soon.  Here’s a look at one of the beds in the back:

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Everything from the beans to the arugula is growing.  They’ll get more fish emulsion this weekend and hopefully these beautiful sunny days are helping them out.
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The cucumbers are starting to flower!  This is the same plant that I posted previously, and it’s had two flowers so far.  I love how the first flowers are so precious, and later in the summer we begin to groan at the sight of new flowers because the fridge is full.

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The zuchinni’s first flower is giving us reason to celebrate!  We are ready!

This year I really think we have the right amount of food for the two of us, plus our friends and canning/drying. In fact, I’m hoping we have enough.

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We have two okra plants, and David just planted three more seeds because we want more.  We’ve recently tried pickled okra (loved it) and roasted okra (sold dried like chips) and want to make both!  In the past we’ve grown okra, and not been sure what to do with it or when to pick it.  This year, we’re armed with recipes and want the plant to grow!

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Our winter squashes are taking off.  I wasn’t sure how we were going to support our two acorn squash plants, so the other day I stuck a cage over them.  I did this to expose the fenugreek that was hiding under it, but it could work.  We’ve been impressed watching the tendrils climb away!

IMG_1944Our Dragon’s Tounge shell beans on the side yard haven’t started climbing their ladder yet, but they have the most beautiful flowers about to open.

The days are getting busier and busier at school, with so little free time during the day.  It’s wonderful to come home, and check in on the progress!

The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Hop

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7 thoughts on “We’re growing food!

    • The hybrid white icicle from Johnny take less than a month til maturity! Unfortunately, I’m not sure about the new ones, as I couldn’t find it on the package. Baker Creek has so many varieties of heirloom radishes and it was hard to choose!

  1. 🙂 You are way ahead of me here in NW Ohio. We just got our tomatoes outdoors two days ago. I check daily for new greens, beans, peas, and potatoes sprouting. Yesterday I found apples and pears actually forming and today I found raspberries beginning to flower. And even checking my strawberries four times a day is not hurrying them to get ripe. It is so much fun to watch the process!.

  2. Your plants are lovely! Baker Creek has the best seeds and customer service! I bought one of their ‘kits’ and have been planting from it for three years now! Every seed has come up. Every. Single. One. (Well, except for my Ground cherries…but I called them and they replaced the packet. Every one of those came up!)

  3. Hi! I found your blog through the Garden Appreciation Society linkup. It’s great to see what’s growing in your part of the country. We’re in Eastern Washington, and still waiting to put in our tomatoes and other warm-weather crops.

    We grew okra when we lived in Missouri and had the same “now what?” problem. A friend said it’s good in soups and help thicken them up, too. It seems like we ate a few fried, but obviously it didn’t make much of an impression on me! I dont’ think we have a long enough season for okra now.

    Take care,

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