Sunday, July 19, 2009

new recipes and things

Is it too late to grow beets?  I have been reading on the internet and it says that they should be ready to harvest in 60 days.  So, there is plenty of time still to grown beets, right?  But it also says that they don't like hot weather and by golly, it's pretty hot right now.
Does anyone know.  I REALLY want pickled beets.

And ketchup?  anyone made homemade ketchup.  I've read some recipes and reviews.  The one I found on the foodnetwork said that if you start making your own homemade ketchup, it will be so tasty that you'll never try the grocery story stuff again.  I'm just getting some ideas for my gazillion tomatoes that I hope to harvest.  I ate one from the garden tonight in my egg white omelet and it was so delish.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

And what is the deal with cucumbers?  And watermelon?  all of 'em--dead.  But darn it all, the zucchini is thriving.

And last of all...artichokes.  I picked one up last year at the nursery on a whim.  I had no idea what to do with it, so I looked it up on the internet.  I don't live in the right zone to grow artichoke.  Oh well.  I planted in anyways and prepared for it to die.  I was kinda ticked at the nursery for selling me something that won't even grow here.  And they don't produce fruit in the first year.  UGH.  But this spring there was a tiny little green speck on the pile of dead artichoke so I didn't pull it out, I left it and guess what?  We ate artichoke this week.  it was good.  We picked 3 and left the big one to see what it looks like when it flowers.  There are at least 3 more left on the plant.  You should plant about 5 artichoke plants per person in the family who likes artichokes, so I will be going out to get myself 24 more plants next year so that in about 5 years we can actually have enough to eat between the 5 of us for the summer. Maybe by then I will know better how to cook them.  or dry them for decorations.  


Amara said...

I'm so jealous of your tomatoes! Mine are still hard and green. Sigh. The dirt we filled our boxes with was virgin, and although I added fertilizer it must not have been enough because everything's growth is stunted in there. Next year! The gardeners rallying cry. I bet beets would do fine if you start them now. They say to start green beans in July for the same reason, so it's not too hot for them. I think the heat is an issue when they are closer to maturity. Only thing is to keep the seeds moist enough to start. My Dad puts layers of wet newspaper over things to keep them from drying out.

Carroll Family said...

We LOVE artichokes, too! I usually boil them with lemon and garlic and serve them with Hollandaise Sauce - YUM! Actually, I think that's what we're having for dinner tonight! And, they're pretty hardy - before we moved our plant from last year that had completely fried and died last summer in the heat was coming back beautifully without even being watered! I'm so excited to start gardening again - I wish we were in the same "zone" so we could share ideas/secrets!