Garden Extras

A visitor

A visitor

This year has been by far the best garden I have ever enjoyed. It has not been the easiest. Gene and I have worked very hard to plant new ground, amend soil properly, build almost two cubic yards of compost and even hand pick squash bugs and other pests. Our reward has been likely the best eating either of us has experienced and a great healthful hobby.

Morning harvest

Morning harvest

The amendments we used include biochar at the beginning of the season; much compost, Azomite, worm castings, coir for delicate needs, and straw mulch, compost tea and foliar feed.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon


One of our favorite brunches – a bed of steamed greens topped with scrambled egg, diced tomato and crumbled Feta cheese. Sliced cucumbers and a mango round it out.

Mushrooms are a good sign the ___ is healthy

Mushrooms are a good sign the soil  is healthy

Pest control has been limited to discretionary diatomaceous earth, some insecticidal soap and hours of hand picking pests. Our reward has been a visible increase in the bee population and an overall decrease in pests. I plan on ditching the insecticidal soap when this bottle is gone.

A word about DE or diatomaceous earth – it kills ALL bugs. Be specific with it. We very carefully sprinkle it around the base only of squash to kill squash bugs. Keep it away from the flowers or it will kill your bees.

Another morning harvest

Another morning harvest

Another fine meal

Another fine meal

Garbanzo Bean Salad

4 C prepared garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 onion sliced thin or chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 T fresh basil, minced
4 T fresh parsley, minced
4 T olive oil
4 T lemon juice
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, opt.
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

This is a highly flavored main dish/salad that is one of our summer favorites. Serve with a hot slab of garlic toast and sliced fresh veggies for a complete meal. We follow it up with a bowl of thawed or fresh fruit topped with yogurt.

From the south side

From the south side – those poor kayaks have not been in the water once this summer!

What is your favorite summer dish?

signature, Sarah




Check out the August (end of July) Garden update here. And the June update here.

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6 Responses to Garden Extras

  1. Bebe says:

    Lady (and Gent) BOUNTIFUL

  2. Helen says:

    I didn’t know mushrooms were a sign of good soil health.

  3. S says:

    It is. I think I will make a post about it sometime soon. Michael Pollan talks about it in his writing, Jeff Lowenfells talks about it and there is a lot of info online about mycorrhizal associations.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You have a wonderfull way with your garden and photography and presentation daughter…

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