Frost came early in N.E.

I’m super behind in posting, but I wanted to get one out today. The first frost came super early this year, knocked out my fall green beans, the last of the tomatoes, and the peppers… before they even turned red. My fall pea plants have not produced a single pea. However pea tendrils are always delicious… if you have the patience to pick them. Here they are with sliced flat iron steak and parsnip puree from homegrown parsnips. The tendrils are sauteed very quickly with EVOO, salt, and pepper and tossed with lemon juice before serving.Flat Iron

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Espaliered Fruit Trees Coming Along Nicely

My fruit trees were planted in Nov. of 2016 as one year old whips. They grew some the first year but have gone crazy this year. Some are challenging and not meeting my expectations. But all in all, they are doing great. A few are actually fully covering their section of wire. I’m anticipating getting a decent harvest next year… if I can figure out how to effectively net them.

 

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SSW facing wall: Grapes, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Moonglow Pear, Bartlett, Grapes
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SSW facing shed wall: Sour Cherry
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WSW facing shed wall: Sweet Cherry (planted spring 2018 – semi-dwarf)
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Grape trellis made from an old roofing ladder that came with our house. Four different varieties.

My first 100% garden salad

So the lettuce finally came in. So, not counting my cucumber panzanella, this is my first salad totally from the garden. (Except for the salami — my wife won’t let me get pigs… yet.) Salad, breakfast of champions.

Also, we’ve had torrential rain the last week or so. Many of my beautiful sungold toms have split even though I harvest daily. It happens. Don’t’ toss them. Make a salad or oven roast them and put them under oil. They’ll last months. More on that later.

 

 

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Easy summer salmon

If I ever eat another farm raised Atlantic salmon, it will be too soon. But, whenever, King, Coho, etc. are on sale, I stock up. These are two different simple summer preparations of Coho with grilled home made honey corn bread. Sunburst squash with the first, broccolini with the second. Easy, quick, delicious, healthy.

So much happening in the garden these days!

Beet Greens looking healthier after culling the rotting ones. Beets seem unaffected, though growing a little slowly 

Raspberry bushes are caning like maniacs. We should have nice fruit next year.

Some of the tomato varieties are really starting to get big.

Between the Squash taking over the world and my cukes having issues, I added on an extra trellis for my vining little friends. and they are starting to reciprocate my love… Despite some cucumber beetle spottings and some signs of wilt. We’ll see how long they last.

Out of control herbs

I grow thyme, sage, parsley, basil, mint, (try to grow oregano and rosemary,) and grow an amazing Italian herb called Nepitella. Think of it as a cross between mint, oregano, and sage. It is wonderful with mushrooms and I imagine, great with lamb. It is actually in the catnip family… for what that’s worth.

The important other things to know about it are that it is perennial and grows like a weed. I’ve already had to cut it back hard and started drying it out. on my pot pack. Works great for drying hard herbs. Looks like every one is getting dried Nepitella for Christmas/Hanukkah this year!

My Thyme is flowering and out of control already too. I just made a nice bouquet in a rocks class that classed up the house visually and in an olfactory way.