How to keep the rodents out of your goods, the water in the buckets gets’m!

How to keep the rodents out of your goods, the water in the buckets gets’m!

PIGS!  The first 6 photos are from early May, when the pigs were first brought home.  The last 4 pics are 5 1/2 months later it’s getting close to slaughter time, AND look at all the ground they turned.  

Best yard workers, and the bonus of Bacon.

The Stevia grew like crazy, but is just showing signs of flowers.  Not sure if that’s because I kept pinching it back to bush out, or if it’s another late one.  Nothing but sweet tea around here this winter :)

The Stevia grew like crazy, but is just showing signs of flowers.  Not sure if that’s because I kept pinching it back to bush out, or if it’s another late one.  Nothing but sweet tea around here this winter :)

FINALLY the Jerusalem artichoke made flowers, 12-14 feet tall, great fast privacy screen, late flowers, and the roots can be roasted and eaten.  
Winning!  Though, once you plant these, you’ll never get rid of them.

FINALLY the Jerusalem artichoke made flowers, 12-14 feet tall, great fast privacy screen, late flowers, and the roots can be roasted and eaten.  

Winning!  Though, once you plant these, you’ll never get rid of them.

Last year I cut down my pineapple sage by the end of Sept, wasn’t too thrilled with the plant, the leaves were nice in tea, but as far as contributing some awesome to the garden. Fail.  Well, it appears I didn’t give it long enough to do it’s thing.  Clusters of red flowers have appeared, mid Oct, and that’s kind of awesome. :)

Last year I cut down my pineapple sage by the end of Sept, wasn’t too thrilled with the plant, the leaves were nice in tea, but as far as contributing some awesome to the garden. Fail.  Well, it appears I didn’t give it long enough to do it’s thing.  Clusters of red flowers have appeared, mid Oct, and that’s kind of awesome. :)

I had the room, so I threw some more green dragon cucumber seeds in really late, just to see how far into fall they’d go.  Started them early August, they are a 70 day cuke, given’r, no weird fruit or watering issues because they did all their veg growth through the hot month, set fruit in Sept and have JUST started to see the woes of white powdery mildew.

I have way more time to deal with pickles right now than in August, I’m thinking this is the call from now on, grow a few cukes early for immediate consumption, start the pickling cukes in August.

Tromboncino squash are weird.  Still have a few coming in on the vines.   I haven’t eaten one yet, I’m not altogether sure what to do with them.  Once the skin has gone beige they almost seem like winter squash.  

Anyone have a recipe recommend??

Fresh pesto made into freezer cubes.  I turned the planter at the top into 4 ice cube trays of pesto, recipe here only this time I used pine nuts instead of walnuts.  Got pesto for dayzzz :D

And then at the very end of summer, the hardy cyclamen wakes up and starts making flowers….wtf??

And then at the very end of summer, the hardy cyclamen wakes up and starts making flowers….wtf??

Step aside Mojitos, Basil and cucumber gin gimlets are winning!

Only use enough tonic to get a little bit of sweet going, top it up with soda or pellegrino.  One friend is using a simple syrup and soda, pretty good, but I like the tonic favours.  So fresh and delicious AND you have cucumber snacks when you’re done.

Green zebra up top, yellow brandywine bottom left and regular old cherry tomatoes — that were supposed to be black cherry but that nursery mislabelled and reminded me why it’s extra important to start your own seeds. 

The rains have come back so it’s harvest everything before the blights take over fall.

Pretty happy with my bloom pinching this year with the Brandywines, this is only half the harvest, the other looked as good or better.  Way fewer gnarly weird fruit with built in wood bug homes :)

Chocolate chip banana bread.  I kinda wish I’d made a gif of the steam coming off this one last night.  This is the Moosewood Cookbook Banana Bread recipe, yes that amazing one with the coffee soaked bananas *drools* Here it is, don’t forget to add chocolate chips :D
I half the recipe and only make one loaf, it’s so dense and delicious you’ll be trying to give away the second loaf so you don’t eat it all.

Chocolate chip banana bread.  I kinda wish I’d made a gif of the steam coming off this one last night.  This is the Moosewood Cookbook Banana Bread recipe, yes that amazing one with the coffee soaked bananas *drools* Here it is, don’t forget to add chocolate chips :D

I half the recipe and only make one loaf, it’s so dense and delicious you’ll be trying to give away the second loaf so you don’t eat it all.

I’ve been a gluten glutton lately, my recent weakness is homemade Naan.  So easy, make a bunch and freeze them, even using them for my pizza variation.  Warmed in the cast iron skillet, flipped and cheese on top, pile on fresh basil and tomatoes.  Salt and pepper on top, and delish.

I’ve been a gluten glutton lately, my recent weakness is homemade Naan.  So easy, make a bunch and freeze them, even using them for my pizza variation.  Warmed in the cast iron skillet, flipped and cheese on top, pile on fresh basil and tomatoes.  Salt and pepper on top, and delish.

White-lined spinx hummingbird moth Hyles lineata — First time I’ve had one of these beauties in my garden, my new fave visitor :) 

White-lined spinx hummingbird moth Hyles lineata — First time I’ve had one of these beauties in my garden, my new fave visitor :) 

Soooo tall, and soooo blue.  Here’s hoping for an indian summer!

Soooo tall, and soooo blue.  Here’s hoping for an indian summer!