Monday, August 25, 2014

The Vegetables Say it FINALLY Feels Like Summer!

The cool summer is frustrating to growers like us, but finally we are seeing some ripe tomatoes, peppers and the set of many winter squash. Yay! We turned the tomatoes into a batch of Tomato Glut Sauce, a super delicious recipe we enjoy very much. This is a freezer preservation technique only due to some of the ingredients.

Some of our dry beans are finishing up and we adore the colors and the taste! These pictured are Jacob's Cattle Bean. There are so many beans drying in the garden..what a rewarding crop to grow.

Jennifer made another smudge stick with the white sage we overwintered from last year. We can't have enough of these around here.

She also made a batch of calendula infused oil and holy basil tincture. The oil will be used in our salve. Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner's Guide is a great place to start for those of you interested in harvesting some of your homegrown herbs and using them for health.

The Ashy Sunflowers (Helianthus mollis) are in full bloom in our front yard. They are STUNNING so we are enjoying them outdoors and in.

Alvin is loving the warmth too. Ahhhhh summer....


  1. Gorgeous harvest!! We've had such a time with peppers and tomatoes this year and the japanese beetles have been a scourge for sure. I didn't get as many tomatoes in this year as I would have liked, so we're having to buy some, but the wax and green beans were awesome as were the cukes, zukes and sweet potatoes.
    Looking beautiful over there! You'll have to frame those pictures and hang them on your wall so you can remember fondly the garden produce come January. Peace to you both, ~Vonnie

  2. Bountiful is the word! Gorgeous veggies from your garden and the sunflowers make a great bouquet for your lovely table!!


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