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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Garden Going In the Ground

We've begun planting for the summer season.

Six baby maties
Two lemon Cukes-my personal favorite and buddy can I eat the little yummies right off the vine. Scrape the black pokey bits off and rub it on my  jeans a bit to brush off the dirt and that baby is gone in sixty seconds-skin and all. Delectable. My favorite vegetable of the season.
Yellow Bell Peppers
Grape Vine

There are two places still left in the plot-what shall we put in -I say more Lemon cukes but that'd be overkill !~!

The flagstones keep the hose from dragging over the babies
 and protect a bit from the wind.

Baby matie-six varieties this year-mmmmm.

Ormond worked all winter to make this 20 by 20 foot plot ready for this planting. Lots of digging and spreading and buying big bags of who-knows-what and filling in the low places and mulching and dragging and planting and soon eating the fruits.

Cute little babies will soon be big edible yumminess.

Mulching helps keep moisture in 
and birdies out.
 Last year's plot was not nearly this big and still we had produce to share.

I look forward to the same this year with even more to give to the neighbors.

We're going to try to  make Kale Chips. Olive oil and kosher salt and an oven, right ?~! Any tips from anyone who has made them at home ?

My Lemon Cuke baby-one of two.


  1. Looking good! I'm not planting a garden this year. Still too burned by the failure of last year's.

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  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and massage those leaves till they glisten, sprinkle with seasoning salt or use sesame seeds.
    Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes. You may want to turn the leaves about half way thru the baking time.
    Hope you like them... we do.
    Love and hugs.

  4. Here in NY, there is still snow on the ground. I can;t wait to get into the garden. I've never had lemon cukes. I'll have to put them on the list for this year's garden.

  5. so jealous. it's -15c right now and snowing. never heard of lemon cukes before. do they taste different than regular cukes?

    1. Much different, yes, they are mild, crisp, crunchy, practically seedless when young. I can eat them right off the vine, altho a bit of chunky (sea or kosher) salt brings out their delicate flavor. They enhance salads with their crunchiness and mild taste. They are smaller than a tennis ball and mostly round. The only ones I have seen for sale outside the farmer's markets seem to be harvested way past when I think they are good. That's why I grow my own--to get them young and delectable.

  6. My neighbor makes Kale chips and they love them! Gardens looking good we have a few more months.