6/25/2011

saturday

warning: more picture heavy than normal ;)
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the cucumbers are coming along nicely. they're starting to wrap around their cages, i love it!
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the bell pepper and jalapeno plants are flowering and the watermelon plant is growing like crazy. i didn't have any hope for it when we transplanted it, it was pitiful looking. now it seems to be growing inches each day.
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we have the same number of tomato plants as last year, but we're growing at least 10x more. we might have to try canning, and giving lots away to friends and family.
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flowers, organic fruit and produce from this mornings farmers market. i somehow lost my money after only being there 10 minutes. realizing that i was missing it, we back tracked. and coming around the corner before i got to the only table i'd been was the little boy that bagged my strawberries asking if i had left some money. what an honest sweetheart, he made my day.
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here are the first picked zucchinis of the season! i picked them last night after work and we steamed some for dinner tonight, they were delicious.
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after cleaning our room out for 5 hours i was finally able to put my new quilt on my bed that i bought in solvang (and get rid of that awful cheap down comforter that threw up feathers on a regular basis.) now i can't wait to sleep in my newly sheeted/quilted bed.

6/23/2011

thursday

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the tomato plants are thriving this year. i think it has something to do with the narrow raised bed we planted them in. they're fuller and producing hundreds of blooms and even more tomatoes.
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this is just one of the very many. since this photo was taken, quite a few of them have grown larger and a couple are even turning yellow!
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we're all loving this volunteer plant that popped up about a month ago.
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when there isn't much of it, weeding can be very relaxing. the weeds are behaving themselves this year and without any chemically help.
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the zucchini plants look beautiful but aren't producing that well. i cut off a few runt zucchinis to see if it might help. i'm starting to see a few healthy ones growing, probably going to pick those this weekend and steam them to go with dinner. i also really want to try goat cheese stuffed fried blossoms!
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i can hardly wait to taste that first sun warmed ripe tomato. they really do look like they're going to be bountiful this year.
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couldn't resist one more...
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and here is our mini garden with our "scarecrow" my grandpa put together using his old work clothes. we also planted bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, watermelon and sunflowers (only one sprouted... lame!) i'm having the greatest time learning, reading and trying to absorb as much as i can. i've finally found something i'm passionate about and someday this mini garden will turn into something much bigger... on acreage.

what's going on in your garden these days?

6/22/2011

wednesday

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i tried my first farm fresh fried egg this morning. and died. seriously? i've been missing out on this amazing goodness for 24 years? orange yolks? they're not a myth? no but really, sooo delicious! how can i ever enjoy another kind of egg again? the only solution is to raise my own chickens. end of discussion. oh! and the peaches... dear lord.

i only picked up a few things at the thrift shops in solvang. a tiny handmade children's apron, solid wood apple, and some flower quilting fabric. not much, but enough to excite me.

one more egg picture, for good measure...

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6/21/2011

tuesday

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we took a short trip up the coast yesterday to one of my favorite places, solvang. it's as close to the country as i can get right now, if only i could live there or somewhere similar to it. we turned off the highway and took our usual back road into town. saw the cows and horses and organic farm stand. we had a quick lunch, bought danish desserts, and stopped by our regular thrift shops. i bought my first quilt from the nodding place, then we ate dinner at our usual spot, split pea andersons, and by chance ended the night watching a gorgeous sunset over the mountains.

we had breakfast in town this morning and stopped in a few more shops before driving out to santa ynez to get fresh organic peaches. the miniature horses had babies recently, they were so adorable and definitely male. ;) then we stopped by the organic produce stand before heading back home.

i've never been inside, only seen their stand on the outside. there was nobody there, they practice the honor system, i love that! it was decorated so wonderfully. the vegetables looked delicious and i nearly squealed when i found organic farm fresh eggs, that were picked this morning. i gladly paid $4 for them, which was put in a giant barrel with a slit in it. i also bought some swiss chard, carrots, and butternut lettuce. outside were the 3 little goats that i fell in love with last september and many beef cattle grazing. if we had time i would have gone picking for berries. i could spend all day everyday there or on a farm of my own. some day.