Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Let's eat

My garden would be considered one with a "limited variety" of produce. As I have mentioned before, I have plenty of squash to eat. Now tomatoes....well, that's a different thing. This puny little one is about all I've gotten so far. Pretty sad, huh?


The other thing I am surprised I have gotten are these cute cantaloupes. Last year I got none. By the time I had some ripening, the coyotes from the woods around us also smelled them and "stole" them at night! Not nice.


Finally, this is the most exciting thing I have seen. Look at this precious little pumpkin!! I was amazed though. I thought it was too early too find an orange one already. I have some green ones still. So how in the world am I to keep this little thing until the fall when I wanted to decorate with it? 

Anybody else growing pumpkins? Seriously, what's the deal with this? 

23 comments:

  1. No pumpkins......I turn into one after 9:00pm though, ha!
    Love me some squash--had some last night with onions and butter.

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  2. Look at your goodies. YUM!! Our tomatoes are not producing as much as we would like but I think it has alot to do with all of the rain. Last year they did very well in the August/September heat.
    Your pumpkin is so adorable. I don't know much about pumpkins, we've never planted them.

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  3. I too love squash! I love tomatos (eat them like candy when homegrown). I can imagine the sweet scent of the canteloupe. And, I love pumpkins! Your gorgeous shot of the pumpkin excellerated me into Fall! Lovely! ................ ok, I'm back now in summer (and loving it)!

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  4. My husband is wanting to plant again after this garden fizzles out. I will have to suggest to him pumpkins. Come fall the kids would love that. We have squash, tomatoes, and banana peppers. My husband overplanted the peppers. Oh and a few cucumbers. But the ones were all waiting on is the watermellons. We've seen about 6-8 out there but not ripe yet. I actually put squash in the freezer for the first time. I cook mine like Charon above but without the butter. Squash, onions, water, salt, and pepper and let them steam until tender.

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  5. my tomato plants haven't done a darn thing...a few blooms...but that's it...they just look like bushes...

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  6. Now I did get a bumper crop of tomatoes this year and so did my dad. I have put up about 4 dozen quarts of hot salsa - with my own jalapenos, onions and onions. I did buy some cilantro to add. We got lots of cucumbers, too, and I have made a bunch of pickles, too.

    Are those little grape tomatoes? I did set out some of those but they didn't do so well. They would fall off the vines before they ripened enough to pull off. Oh well...

    I'm thinking of planting some pumpkin seeds that I saved from last year myself. My garden is dying and shriveled up, so I may take a shot at a fall garden.... ;o)

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  7. We have a very small garden, my husband is the gardener. (I'm awful with any plants.) We get grape tomatoes every few days. The birds ate the strawberries. I think that is all he planted this year.

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  8. Our plants are growing like weeds this year, but our fruit is slow in coming. Got our first 6 grape tomatoes, which could actually pass for small big size, they are enormous! And our first bell pepper started rotting before it was even done growing! :( As for your pumpkin...hmmm...does seem WAY to early. I'd say look up on the internet as to what to do with it, keep it on the vine and see what it does, and/or, pick it, and sit it in a cool place for a couple of months. Personally, I would probably keep it on the vine as long as possible, and then pick it and put it in a cool spot. Good luck!

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  9. Everything looks so good! There's nothing better than a good ol tomato sandwich and fried squash!

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  10. These are great....enjoy! I planted and my little garden looked great, but no produce this year...oh, well, learning. I did get three cucumbers

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  11. wow...i am impressed...the heat is killing everything, here...even with watering.

    Blessings,
    andrea

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  12. We have had a strange garden this year. I blame it on our strange back and forth weather, too hot then too wet and back and forth. Not good. Three different types tomatoes... the roma's are mushy! Ugh. But we're getting buckets-ful of the cherry tomatoes! And a ba-jillion yellow squash, but no zucchini. Hmmm. Can't seem to grow cantelope or any melon's in our neighborhood, unfortunately. Pumkins, nope, not here. But wow, your cute little pumkin -- in July and he's orange! That's neat!

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  13. My garden is not doing as well as last year either. I think we have had crazy weather.
    Put that pumpkin in a dark and cool spot in your basement. Hope he makes it until fall. My pumpkins are doing really well too~but not orange yet. Missouri is just a few weeks behind Texas.
    You have a lovely day.

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  14. I can't wait for my garden to start producing. I guess here in Wisconsin we are a bit behind...

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  15. Our garden always looks great...until the deer find it at harvest time. Living in northern Michigan means feeding wildlife...I guess.
    LOVE your music! Your pumpkin looks cute peeking from underneath the leaves.
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  16. Thanks for the visit and taking the time to leave a comment. So far the vacation is great.
    It's great to watch God's creation grow (or not)lol as we plant and wait for an abundance. When we left ...out tomato plants were 7 ft tall (over the fence) and had bunches of tomatoes hanging like grapes. We just told all the neighbors to enjoy.
    I invite you on your next visit to sign up as a follower if you wish, and hope that God will bless you as the result of something I may write.

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  17. I have so much shade vegetables just won't grow. Now, being a farmer's daughter, seeing these pictures makes me pine for a garden!

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  18. We haven't gardened in years, and I miss it. This has inspired me; maybe next year we can get our acts together :D

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  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoying my bird pictures.

    We never got any cantelope either because the birds LOVED it.

    Yellow Squash is my favorite.

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  20. I love your sweet photos of your garden--makes me wish we were doing one this year. I love growing all those things though we never grew cantaloupe and pumpkins till we moved south. I only got a few. I have no idea how to make them last. I had one small pumpkin too but don't remember what we did with it. I think we brought it into the house and it seems like it lasted a very long time. :o)

    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home
    www.thehomemakingarts.blogspot.com

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  21. You mentioned growing pumpkins. When my girls were little my Dad grew pumpkins for them. He would take a nail and scratch their names into the small pumpkins and as it grew the name would be etched into the pumpkin. My girls were always a hit a their school, because they had pumpkins with their names on them. It is fun to do! Or you could just write words. Give that a try sometime. Love & blessings from NC!

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  22. So, do you just have a green thumb or something? I'm impressed!

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