Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer veggies underway

Quick update on the vegetable garden…enjoyed the last of the green leaf lettuce last week, and pulled those out (Black Simpson is my new favorite…very slow to bolt). In went three more pepper plants (two different chilis and one red bell) and butternut squash. The heirloom cherry tomato plant is faring well…started picking from it the other day. All of the determinate tomatoes have been under siege from squirrels who have been running off with plump green tomatoes. They’re lucky I live in a suburban setting and not way out in the country where I could fire off the BB gun. I’ve done everything I know to do, but there seems to be no outsmarting them. On the other hand, the yellow squash and zucchini are looking fantastic, so it seems I can look forward to some good stir fry soon! Also harvesting lots of basil right now and drying some leaves for future use, and using the rest on tomatoes and mozzarella and chiabata (sp?) bread.

I’ll post pictures as the harvest comes in. In the meantime, I found a Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on my parsley…we’re waiting to see if he’ll do his thing and turn into a butterfly.

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