Friday, August 13, 2010

Garden Sprawl Friday

There is one more row of potatoes to dig up.

There are two kinds of cucumbers blooming. One is a variety good for pickles; the other variety is lemon cucumber. I planted the seeds in between the lettuces that were growing there. The cucumbers were sprouting between the lettuces, and when they started vining, it coincided with the point at which the lettuces were done.


But tastes like raw earth - like ten times the earthiness of beet leaves. Of course, it is a law practically, that one of the healthiest vegetables must taste that way.

Here's some more colour:

The mess of tomato and pepper plants are fruiting prolifically; and some tomatoes are starting to ripen red. Put another way, the tomatoes are sizing up, and starting to ripen. The peppers are mostly setting their fruits right now, with the exception of some that are quarter to mid-size.

I picked a small ripening tomato and a green one came off with it. The two small peppers are ones that set early in spring when it was cold, then with the warmth, instead of growing bigger they just decided to ripen. So, I cut them off (never "pick" peppers by the way; that rhyme, whatever it is about pick a pepper, gives very bad advice) so they wouldn't be taking away from the other peppers developing on the plants. There was a third pepper (a Hungarian hot wax), as there was a third tomato, but I ate them before I took the picture. I don't know what the onion is doing there.

Three of the biggest overwintered cabbages, cleaned up:

They are big. They are heavy. One can tell by the firmness, size and weight, not having cut into it, that the leaves inside are many and nicely compacted, without hollow spaces. They were quite young going into winter, with no heads yet formed. The variety is January King. A stand-by if there ever was one.


Jesus was Homeless said...

Paul (nice garden, brother!) and friends . . . Please stop by and visit us losers at

Thank you and God bless everyone!

Belfry Bat said...

Do you think if I grew garden vegetables then I would enjoy whiskey more? Because as it is, I don't either. (I don't *mind* not enjoying whiskey, but if it could be enjoyable, that'd be nifty, too...)

Paul Stilwell said...

"Homeless", thanks. I'll include your blog in my sidebar.

Bat, very interesting question. Perhaps in the way that if one were to go hiking in the Rockies while it was wet and cold and one's clothes were soaked through, and your hiking partner suddenly procured a flask of straight whiskey; it would be more than welcome, and probably enjoyed very much; whereas if the same person procured the same flask in just about any other setting, it wouldn't be enjoyed as much.

Honestly, I would say 'yes' to your question. I too can drink whiskey but without enjoying it too much. Whiskey straight definitely has to be "learned". Maybe I need to garden more.

Enbrethiliel said...


Stilwell, you would survive a famine!

A zombie apocalypse, I don't know.

But a famine? Yes.

Paul Stilwell said...

You should see my underground bunker. Everything is rigged with explosives. If I have to go, then everything is going with me.

Anonymous said...

What a great harvest, Paul. Makes me realise how much I still have to learn. What will you do with the cabbage, to store it?

Paul Stilwell said...

Thanks Debbie. I actually haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do about the cabbage. As of right now they are sitting in the fridge. They can be some time in the fridge, but I'm going to have to do something. Hmmm...

Enbrethiliel said...


Another blogger I read chops her cabbage into wedges, boils the wedges with a chopped onion until tender, drains the water, and then bakes the whole lot in a cheese-based sauce for a few minutes in the oven.

Yeah, that's really vague, I know. =P

Paul Stilwell said...

Is that one from A Gift Universe? I think I read about that there.