Garden status report

zuke In early April, Rama asked what folks are growing this summer. Since I live in Colorado, most folks abide by the age old rule that you don’t plant a Colorado garden until after Memorial Day (late May) because of the threat of frost. I usually take my chances and begin planting in mid-April. The gamble paid off — most of our plants are mature enough now to easily tolerate the heat waves that occur this time of year.

Here’s what we planted this year (I won’t provide the plant types because I’d have to run out to the garden and check the metadata posted in the form of Martha Stewart-like weather tolerant signs and since it’s just past dusk, the mosquitos are out in forces). I should disclose we live on two acres and have lake irrigation plumbing for the yard, so a big garden is quite feasible.

garden – Tomatoes
– Onions
– Bell Peppers
– Chili Peppers
– Turnips
– Radishes
– Carrots
– Peas
– Pickling cucumbers
– Zucchini
– Corn
– Pumpkins
– Watermelon

Annual plants (1st year fruit orchard exept for the strawberries — they’re on their 3rd year)
– Strawberries
– Rasberries
– Blueberries
– Bosenberries
– Choke cherries
– Two cherry trees
– Two peach trees
– Three pear trees
– One plum tree (our neighbor has a mate for cross-pollination)

The award for best performance (at the moment) goes to the zucchinis. I executed my contingency plan and over-planted in the event my seedlings didn’t take and they took allright — I have nearly 20 plants! I’ll need to stay on top of cooking the blossoms and consuming the young zukes. Otherwise, it’ll feel awfully wasteful. What as I thinking? I need Rama’s blossoms recipe and am also seaching for canning recipies that call for zucchini.

The weakest performers are the peppers. This is disappointing because we usually purchase a bushel or two at the local farmers markets for roasting, then freezing. We live in an agriculteral community, but many of the farmers who have been in business for generations aren’t planting this year because they made more money selling their water rights than growing and selling produce. Damn.

Overall, things are looking promising. We’re looking forward to firing up Roger’s new pressure canner (named Dorothy) for canning non-acidified veggies. Next year, I’ll need to once again vow to not be a chronic over-crowder. 🙂

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  1. #1 by rama on June 28, 2007 - 8:54 pm

    :-O thats a big garden! i think i’m most jealous of the fruit trees and berry bushes, we just don’t have the space for ’em. i’m not a big zucchini fan, short of slicing them (while small) in half, drizzling with olive oil and S&P and grilling. For the blossoms, check out:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=rick+bayless+squash+blossom&btnG=Search

    and

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Aforums.egullet.org+squash+blossom&btnG=Google+Search

  2. #2 by Kevin on June 28, 2007 - 9:04 pm

    Zucchinis are the cockroaches of the vegetable world. The can survive and flourish anywhere. They also never stop growing. Maybe they’re more like tribbles. Tribbles of the vegetable world.

  3. #3 by matthew on June 29, 2007 - 6:14 am

    We have gotten a good amount of zucchini this season from our farm co-op. My wife has a great recipe for what is essentially a zucchini “crab” cake sans crab. It is hard to go wrong with fried anything and fried zucchini is pretty darn good.

  4. #4 by Kevin on June 29, 2007 - 1:14 pm

    Maybe you can put your zucchini up for adoption.

  5. #5 by skrocki on June 29, 2007 - 1:48 pm

    Rama, the optimal location for growing Colorado fruit is on the western slope. I’m on the eastern plains, so I’m planning on having some loss as I get my backyard orchardist groove on.
    Thanks, Rama & Matthew, for the recipe ideas.
    Kevin, let me know how many zucchinis you’d like to adopt. I’m sure you’ll be happy with the quality and demeanor of my line of zukes — plus, I offer a discount to Sun employees.

  6. #6 by ThinGuy on July 2, 2007 - 10:27 pm

    That’s an amazing garden! BTW, what’s an acre? If you have one (or two!), does it mean you can’t touch your neighbors house if you lean across the stucco cinder block fence? 🙂

  7. #7 by Barb M on July 4, 2007 - 10:23 am

    Gorgeous – I have garden envy! Up in the high country we have some additional challenges. Our neighbors put a big one in, but it looks like a maximum security prison to keep the wildlife out. I need to see how it is doing.
    And, I’m always interested in adopting some Zuchinni! (hint, hint) Barb

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