This week I bought some sweet corn from the local grocery store and was a bit disappointed after husking the ears. Many of the kernels were smashed. I decided to go ahead and pick four of the ears from the garden to supplement the meal.
First four ears of corn from the garden
As you can see, two of the ears were pretty well developed but the other two could have used a few more days. I also have to admit that the flavor was just okay. I was expecting a much sweeter taste having about the shortest possible time from stalk to steamer. I’ll let the other ears hang out in the garden a bit longer and give it another try next week.
While the garden has been enjoying the abundant rain this past week, I spent some of my time in the kitchen turning a few of the vegetables into tasty dishes.
Old Fashion Green Beans
First up is some Old Fashion Green Beans. Not that fresh, steamed green beans aren’t good enough, but if you add in some bacon and brown sugar they can be even better.
You know when the recipe starts off with Bacon, it doesn’t really matter what follows. 🙂
Bowl of green beans for dinner.
Trimming green bean tails.
Fresh picked and cut green beans.
Final product. Green beans, bacon and brown sugar.
The annual zucchini crisp
At work we have a breakfast club where each member of the club takes turns bringing something in for breakfast on Fridays. Most of the time there are donuts, bagels or muffins among other tasty treats. While technically not a breakfast food, I thought I’d bring in Zucchini Crisp. I’ve detailed the making of this dish a few times before (click here for the original posting with link to the recipe) but figured I’d capture a few more pictures of the process again this year.
This year I started with a 16 inch long zucchini. I wanted to capture how much I used for future reference.
Peeled and sliced.
Removing the spongy, seed core from each slice.
Amount of zucchini remaining.
The zucchini magically turned into apples and mixed with a lot of sugar and cinnamon.
Next pour the zucchini mixture on top of the bottom crust.
Sprinkle the rest of the crust on the top.
Finally, before cooking, we sprinkle some more cinnamon on top.
I’ve been a bit busy since coming back from vacation, but that hasn’t stopped the garden. This post is a summary of the various gardening activities taking place so far in July. The garden has been getting plenty of rain recently, with just another inch today, so as long as we continue to get sunny days in between the showers the garden should really continue to take off.
Zucchini and squash from the garden
Zucchini sauted in butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Sweet corn in full tassel
So far so good, but the ears are what counts.
First red tomato of 2017
A few bowls of green beans so far this year.
Broke out the pressure canner again this year after skipping last year.
Just eight jars of green beans canned so far this year.
Just tonight I picked some cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini. Ill give you one guess as to what the one on the right will be used for later this week.
Always exciting to get the first harvest from the garden. This past week I picked radishes on Wednesday and and some lettuce for a salad on Thursday. I’ll once again have plenty of lettuce so if any of you who are nearby need some let me know.
First harvest of 2017, a bunch of radishes
First lettuce of the year.
Surprise! Despite the lack of posts this year, the garden does still exist. I still hope to write a sweet corn recap post as well, but will document the 2016 Sweet Potato harvest first.
Today I dug up the sweet potatoes and closed down the garden with this final harvest. So, how did they do? Check the pictures below.
Nice, loose soil for the potatoes to grow in this year.
Yield from the first row (west most which gets the most sun)
Middle row yield. Only two plants in this row, so harvest was lighter.
Yield from the third row. Had three surviving plants, but also got the least amount of sun.
Gabrielle helping to demonstrate the size of the potatoes this year.
All the sweet potatoes piled up together.
I’ve continued to take pictures of the progress in the garden but just never get around to posting them. I’ll use this post to try and catch up a little.
Sweet corn experiment has been very educational. Biggest lesson so far is that I planted too much corn for the garden bed. While the plants have grown well enough, the overcrowding appears to be resulting in small and not fully formed ears. I hope to be getting my first few picked ears in a couple days and will post more details then.
Baby Sweet Corn
As has been typical in past years, the yellow squash and zucchini get off to a good start, but it is only a matter of time until the squash vine borer puts and end to it. I’ve already pulled one of the squash plants and executed the squash murderers for their crime.
Yellow squash and Zucchini
Always nice to get some red splashes in the garden. These cherry tomatoes were the first to break the red barrier.
First red tomatoes
Not a bad haul for one night in the garden. A good chunk of these will be passed around to the neighbors and coworkers.
More vegetables than we can eat
I suppose if there were no pests, gardening wouldn’t be much of a challenge and therefore not much fun. Would be nice to not have to fight them all every year.
Can you spy the pest?
So far this Tomato Horn Worm has been the only one of its kind found so far this year.
How about now?
Finally a view of the sweet corn from a bif of a distance away to see how tall it has gotten. If nothing else, we should have some decorations for Halloween this year.
Sweet corn is nice and tall
Last night Karen picked some of the lettuce to augment a nice salad. Tonight (5/26/2016) it was time to harvest the first radishes.
Nice bunch of radishes