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Elephant garlic with babies

20 Jun

What are these little guys? When I pulled the garlic out these looked like little offspring attached to the big bulb. Left it outside to cure and the little guys are rock hard like little seeds now. I think I’ll plant them and see what happens. I originally planted left over old garlic cloves last year and forgot about them. There’s one more bulb I haven’t pulled as its flowering.

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Small but colourful September harvest

2 Oct

The onions have been curing for a while, I just couldn’t decided what to do with them so finally putting them in the fridge.

Besides onions, there are some cherry bell peppers from a plant that survived from last year, some jalape├▒o chili peppers, tomatoes, lemons and tiny eggplants I decided to harvest early.

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Harvest meal. Thai chicken Basil/Eggplant

10 Aug

Homegrown meals are the best!

Although these eggplants are pretty small, they weren’t apparently getting any bigger and I have made the mistake of waiting too long before until they were dry, seedy and not good too eat.

I only had to add chicken to these ingredients to complete the dish and served with it with quinoa. Yum!

Hopefully I will get many more eggplants this season!

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Tonight’s dinner harvest. Onions, garlic and Stupice tomatoes

10 Jun
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Stupice Tomato growing in a container. June 2011

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A ripening bunch of stupice tomatoes. June 2011

My container Stupice is growing like CRAZY. Its so easy to grow and produces so many tomatoes its great! And as you can see, I am growing it in a reasonably small pot. But it keeps on producing! I started these from seed back in January as its cold tolerant but it seems to be my most reliable tomato right now.Earlier in the season, I would only get a small handful of tiny cherry sized tomatoes but they’re growing bigger and pumper now.

I also noticed it better to pick them when they are slightly green as once they’re red, they get a bit mushy. So along with my tomatoes, I also plucked an onion. I planted my onion sets in January which was a loooooong time ago and have been waiting patiently for the leaves to brown and “fall over” but it just hasn’t happened, so I’m just going to harvest as and when I need them as I am concerned I’m going to end up with 50 onions in late summer or fall…how will I ever eat them all!
I bought a pint of mixed onion sets and I noticed that some onions all started to product a flower stalk. Bummer, I believe they’re not supposed to flower…BUT luckily it just seems to be the red onions that are flowering. They still produce a small sized bulb and the tops can be used as green onions so definitely no waste here.

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White onion and stupice tomatoes. Notice how the tomatoes are all different sized!

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Garlic harvest drying outside the house. The biggest one was actually grown in a bucket.

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A few weeks later, my glarlic dried and I braided the leaves. I wish I had grown more of them!

It was very exciting eating a dinner made from mostly home grown stuff. Even my husband was impressed ­čÖé Homegrown onions, garlic and tomato make a perfect sauce! Yum!