I thought I would give an update on our fruit and veggies this month and join in with Tina and Skeeter. As much as I love growing veggies, we don't have the space to really grow a lot of anything, so we mostly just grow enough for a few meals here and there. The fruit on the other hand seems to be doing great, with even enough to share.
Sweet Pea has been having fun digging up the potatoes. These are some of the Banana fingerling potatoes and red potatoes that I've forgotten the name of. We probably don't grow them exactly right and have forgotten to do the hilling to help produce more. I think next year we will try a different method to see if we can get more. They really do taste so much better homegrown.
Sweet Pea (in one of her many hats) was a great help in gathering the apples that had fallen. We had a "good" bag and a "compost pile" bag. Most went in the "good bag". We've had so many more than we've had before and hardly any have worm holes in them.
This is about one third of the amount collected so far. I'm trying to store some in the fridge in the garage. I read that they should keep about 60 - 80 days. I'm sure we'll use them before then, but it would be fun to have some in the winter from the apples still on the tree. We plan to make an apple pie in the next day or so.
I love the bush zucchini that we started growing last year. We have just two plants that hardly take up any space and have given us the perfect amount. We've had lots of grilled zucchini. My Mom took some home and turned it into delicious zucchini bread.
Here is a Blueberry pie we made with some of the blueberries from our bushes. The recipe was okay, not good enough to recommend, but it was still fun eating a pie with our homegrown fruit. The bushes are still loaded, but I've noticed the berries have lost their sweetness since it has been so hot. Next year we'll have to pick more quickly and try and get some in the freezer.
We've also been enjoying the delicious 'Brandywine' tomatoes that got so big they began to split. They are the most red and juicy I've ever had. The 'Anna Russian', 'Great Wall of China' and grape tomatoes are producing lots too. The figs are really ripe, but I still haven't figured out what to do with them beside just chilled.
Now, I'm trying to decide if we'll plant any more vegetables. I don't usually start any this late, but I know a lot of people are planting more cool season crops.