Melons n G-strings

in the country………










tons o’ maters


mmm sammiches!


& for spag sauce


& more to come


radish has gone to seed






double bees






irrigation system mrD put in


you can see, here in the okra, how it drips into pipes…the water goes right to the roots


food we got yesterday


and in the fields….



and blueberries


time for a swim



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    • RiaD on July 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    i’ll be checkin in & out today…

    i’m canning maters.

    hope you enjoy these as much as i enjoy putting them together.

    & please share your garden success stories… & troubles too! & recipes are also welcome!!

    • Alma on July 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Makes my tiny garden look, well tiny.

    Looks like the g-strings are doing their job.  I never had any luck with melons, but yours are looking good.  🙂

    Is there a food pantry anywhere near you where you could take extra veggies that you don’t use, can, or freeze?  I know ours takes fresh produce from people.

    The irregation system looks wonderful!  I’m so glad MrD could do it.  🙂

    • Robyn on July 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

  1. I’m making preserves from my friend’s fig bush, she doesn’t do anything with the figs and the mr. loves fig preserves with biscuits.  My purple grapes are so slow ripening, it is driving me crazy waiting for them all to turn so I can harvest.  I’m wanting to make more juice and perhaps even some syrup for french toast this winter.  The only time I ever made syrup I had intended to make jelly.  I guess it’s okay if your mistakes are still edible.  

  2. and love the pic of the dog!

  3. …this growing feature on DD, docugardendharma!


    • pico on July 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I cooked with some last night.  One of my favorite veggies.

    • brobin on July 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I spent the morning at the Raleigh Farmers Market and the produce was fantastic!  I purchased many things, including a half-bushel of crouder peas, fresh freestone peaches for grilling, white eggplant, melons, tomatoes, blueberries, corn, and so much more!  For this week, of course    😉

  4. Another very pleasing to the eye garden essay.  Really love it.  And the pooch in the pool at the end.  So cute. My daughter has a pool for her pooches, too!

    Here is a wonderful recipe for making French Cornichons (little tiny pickles).  They have a wonderful taste and are generally served with a pate, cheese, or French-style  sandwiches.  But, really, they can be served with most anything.  And very easy to make.

    monique’s cornichons

    Other | January 2001

    This recipe was given to me by one of my favorite farmers at my local market in Louviers, Normandy.

    Yield: 1 quart cornichons.

    Susan Herrmann Loomis

    About 1 generous pound of cornichons (tiny, finger-sized cucumbers) Although Ms. Loomis says finger-sized, (or she may mean your tiny, little finger) they are really, usually smaller in size, about half a finger-size.

    2 scant tablespoons coarse salt

    1 leafy sprig fresh tarragon

    1 clove garlic, cut lengthwise in quarters

    1/2 cup very small pearl onions, peeled

    10 peppercorns

    2 to 3 whole cloves

    1 bay leaf

    3 cups white vinegar

    In a large bowl toss the cornichons with the salt. Turn them out into a tea towel, gather the towel by the four corners and hang it from the faucet over the sink, for 2 hours. Alternatively, set the cornichons in their towel in a strainer in the sink.

    Place the tarragon in a quart jar, then evenly layer the cornichons with the garlic, onions, and the other herbs, until they reach about 1/2-inch below the top of the jar.

    Bring the vinegar to a boil and pour it over the ingredients in the jar, making sure to cover them, and leaving about 1/2-inch headroom in the jar. Seal the jar, and place it in a cool, dark spot for three weeks, before opening.

    Thank you for this, RiaD.


  5. I’ve got a huge garden this year too – though you may be producing more beautiful veggies.  I’ll try to share more gardening successes/failures when I’ve got more time later.  it’s good to see what others grow.

  6. Beautiful garden!

  7. Enough trauma, here and there, makes you want to grab a cigarette, in solace!  

    Believe me, when I thought I had a fairly good grip on the situation, as far as smoking was concerned, ON MY OWN, I experienced and went through a hellish experience, the likes of which I could not expect to ever go through again (or, so say — because we never know).

    Anyway, you were taking a lot of drugs — I can well understand how you became so sick.  

    You would think doctors would care more about their patients, than the kick-backs they receive.  But, everything, but everything, has to do with SELF and greed!  This is why we are in the situation we are in.

    (I am using Pro-Air HFA — about 3 to 4 times a day.)  I have only one other medication, which is a diuretic!  I try to avoid drugs as much as I can, particularly, anti-biotics — should only be taken when absolutely necessary.)

    The rich don’t give a shit — they have enough money to “insulate” themselves in so many ways (or so they think.)

    Carter was the only one with enough foresight to see what was going on and what needed to be done.

    We’re in very big trouble, RiaD.  The situation has gone on so long — it’s a runaway train that, at this point, will take A LOT OF DOING to STOP.

    We’re all victims!

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