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We got so much rain this weekend. Kind of good for the garden, but I'm thinking too much water. Dgd was so excited to see her lettuce had started growing. The cucumber plant has grown a bit too. No blooms on it yet. The tomato plant looks good too. I bought a pepper plant that needs planting and a few flowers. Also a citronella plant. It smells good. I wanted another lavender plant, but they were out of them. I picked up a couple of geraniums. They say they are good for repelling mosquitos too. I won't have much from the garden this year, but dgd is really excited about what we have and that's all that matters.

Since the ground is still wet, I should probably go out and pull weeds here and there. It will be easier to get things pulled up. So much to do.
 

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Pretty setting, Maggie.

Thanks, CH. I will print and save the recipe. I think Anahiems might make a good mild green sauce. I snagged about 6 of the big green Tabascos on closeout so won't need any for a few years though. I bought smoky Tabasco in the past year, I think. Bet you could add some liquid smoke to regular Tabasco and get a nice smoky flavor.

The peas and beans seem happy now that I pulled the weed cloth out. There are little tomatoes on several of our plants. Still don't have the table garden done or the lilies moved. Need to quit working on the camper.
 

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Finally got my first peas of the season. There are still quite a few left on the plants but they weren't ready to be picked. Also picked a couple of turnips from the seed tape I tried. Not that many but at least it worked a bit. There are a couple of cukes but I didn't pick them yet. I'll probably pick them on Thursday when I have the day off. Definitely not enough to pickle but at least I learned to put the trellis in between the peas and cukes. (And I need a larger trellis.)

I don't think my new lavender plant is going to survive. I didn't put enough dirt around it. Oh well. I'll have to stop in to the orchard store and see if they have any more potted lavender plants left to sell this year.

We never did get our compost for the year from the township. Oh well. I need to check out if the compost has any left in one of the bins. I'm sure people have been using it up since we didn't get our usual batch this year. (Another reason I usually do the chop and drop method of weeding.)
 

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Had a look at the garden today. Not as dried out as I thought. Peas are blooming. Tomatoes have little green fruit. Cucumbers and squash are both blooming. Kind of surprised by the cucumbers, they started late and went in late but really took off once they got in the ground. Garlic everywhere. More lettuce coming. Carrot greens getting big. I watered that area. The row of red leaves I thought was chard isn't getting as big as it should, so I suspect this is beets. I put in 2 packets of chard, not a single leaf. :( Onions are getting huge. I pulled one that was half out of the soil anyway, to check. It needs to dry a bit, we will use it next week. Peppers look ok, like everything they could use a good rain.
 

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Got a lot of peas over the weekend. Also got 2 tomatoes and 3 cukes. Not sure what I'm going to do with those yet. I may pick up a couple more tomatoes from the store, cut them up and cook them down a bit into a chunky sort of sauce.
 

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I would make a simple salad. Cut up everything and add a light vinaigrette. If you want to add anything, shave the kernels off a fresh ear of corn. IMO fresh summer produce is best when it is raw.

We got the rain I was hoping for and this week is going to be hot and sunny, so I am looking forward to peas and tomatoes soon.
 

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I have 3 tiny spinach plants I planted last week. Salad mixes and radishes are coming up. No sign of kale or carrots. Beans are blooming. Snap peas are attaching to their trellis. Potatoes are going wild. Tomatoes are blooming and some have little fruit. Peppers are budding. The pathetic zucchini is looking better. The newly planted zucchini seeds have yet to emerge. It's starting to look like an actual garden area around here. Nothing to harvest though.
 

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Thing is, I don't like raw tomatoes. :lol: So I have to cook them in order to eat them. I planted the tomatoes to get tomato sauce but I didn't buy enough this year. Oh well.
 

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I used to not like tomatoes at all. But over the years I made a conscious effort to try to like them. It worked! I still don't like them by themselves, but love them in sandwiches and salads. Someday maybe I will like them for themselves. I've done the same with lots of fruit and veggies. My latest success is avocados.
 

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I had a boyfriend who would not eat raw tomatoes, called them "little pink bicycle wheels of death". But then, he wasn't getting fresh garden tomatoes. DH doesn't like them cooked into sauce, he wants them cold out of the fridge. I had to explain to him why we don't put fresh tomatoes in the fridge when I have to pick them early.

Inspired by my own idea I bought 2 small ears of corn and a tomato to make a salad with. I can pinch a few basil leaves, too. https://www.spendwithpennies.com/summer-corn-salad/ Substitutes work well, use fresh raw zucchini, peppers, peas, radishes, avocado, cilantro, feta, whatever.
 

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Okay, it looked good so I had to try it. I like it well enough I'm going to add it to the 2nd week recipes in my camper cookbooks. I always have the dressing ingredients along and usually a can of corn and onions in the camper pantry. We shop for fresh foods after being gone a week, and of course cukes and tomatoes are easy to find at any store. The recipe fits well with my requirements for travel food. It probably wouldn't keep a week, but it's a nice small batch so should work anyway. Thanks!

I cut green olives in half and added those, plus some dill and fresh ground pepper. As you said, there are lots of potential options. The blue cheese idea sounds good, too. I might try that sometime, too.
 

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I thought that recipe might be right up your alley. Try it with lime juice instead of vinegar. That is how I made it last year.

We have peas! And tomatoes! I went out to pick lettuce (can't believe we still have lettuce in July) and found lots of fat pea pods. So I guess I will be shelling them tomorrow. Haven't done that since I was a kid. I'm not sure DH has ever had peas out of a pod. Also yanked up a few stalks of oregano, I'm getting low and need to dry more. The onions and garlic look like they will be ready to harvest soon. Expecting more 90-100* days this week, that will do it. There were a few of the little yellow tomatoes DH loves, so he will get to eat the first ones. :)
 

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mmm fresh garden tomatoes nothing like it. .. slices of tomato w butter and bread so good. had a monster cherry tomato plant last year and dh is you are going to force me to eat them. said no one will waste good garden tomatoes on people who don't like them. have a line up of people wanting them lol
 

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We have a couple little yellow tomatoes, too. They're on a plant called a tri-color. It's supposed to bear 3 different colors. Should be interesting. We got that one in a gallon container at the nursery, so we cheated. It's 3' tall and still growing.

The new little zuke went from zero to one inch today. The old one looks better, too.
 

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Spent time in the garden this morning. Thought I would start by weeding the garden path that leads from the deck to the center of the garden. Lot of grass and dandelions growing between the pavers. And a few errant tomatoes, grapevine, garlic, redbud, etc. I had scissors and was cutting what I could not pull out of the ground. Got about halfway and came to the volunteer tomatoes growing all over the place, had to tie them up to the cucumber trellis (cukes on the other side) before I could go any farther. Pulled up a dozen or more small heads of volunteer garlic. Each one is about as big as the end of my thumb, but still usable. Wanted to get them out of the way of the tomatoes, and remove them before they dropped seed everywhere again. The whole time my little stray cat Boots was following me around wanting to be petted.

Did some other miscellaneous weeding, and realized I still had two tomatoes I hadn't caged. Ugh. They were getting big and have fruit on them. One I got into a cage, the other one is too large and already going horizontal. It may end up not cooperating. I pounded the cages in with a brick but the soil is too dry now, they didn't go far.

Peppers looked ok, but need water. Lots of green anaheim chilis coming. A couple little green bells. The ghost pepper is doing ok, not growing yet. The tomatillo is as tall as I am and hasn't set fruit. I don't know about that, last time I grew one it got about a foot tall and did nothing.

Cucumbers growing well, lots of flowers, no fruit yet. Could see flowers on the squash but did not look closely. Waiting.

Onions look like they are almost done. There are some leftovers from last year. The tiny bulbs I planted early this year are about the size of my fist. I pulled one that had grown itself almost out of the ground.

There is a potato growing in our compost bin. :screwy: It's good location, though, lots of rich soil and nutrients. Hope we get some good ones. :)
 

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I have one orange tomato and a bunch of green ones. Dgd will be so excited. She watches Peppa Pig and she showed me a video of them eating a tomato salad. It was sliced tomatoes and basil on top. I don't have basil, so I may get some spinach and cut it up on top. She'll never know. At least not now. She says she loves tomato salad. We'll see. She smells everything and then shudders.

Lots of blooms on the cucumber plant, but I don't think it will do well. I haven't seen any blooms on the green pepper, lots of blooms on the ghost pepper. I don't know why I grow ghost peppers. No one here eats them.

The lettuce is trying. I think it's just too hot for lettuce. I could bring it inside and put it in the basement. We have a light down there for the ghost pepper plant. We keep it going year round. Crazy, I know.
 

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My ghost pepper plant is still alive, that's about all I can say about it. It went in late and was not in great shape when I bought it, so I hope it is putting down good healthy roots. I am going to try making hot sauce this fall. My favorite sauce company has stopped producing the one I like. As hot as that pepper is, I only need one for the recipe.

I still have lettuce, it is in the shady part of the garden, but it is starting to bolt and I probably will not pick it again.
 
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