Friday, July 30, 2010

300 Radishes? Are you CRAZY!

My newest "follower" (Hi! Thyme2gardennow) very nicely questioned my decision to plant over 300 radishes! And I was about to respond that I have a great recipe posted about last year's radishes...but after a quick search I realized that I never posted the recipe! So, to explain why I would plant so many radishes...I planted about 60 last year. They all were ready at the same time. Unable to eat more than just a handful I went in search of a recipe. I found a great one called Rosy Radish Relish posted by gardenlad at gardenweb

I was just learning how to can and loved the ease of this recipe.

Rosy Radish Relish

3 cups stemmed radishes
2 large ribs of celery
1 large red onion
2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tbls mustard seed
2 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 cup vinegar
2 tbls prepared horseradish

Put radishes, celery, and onion through course blade of grinder (or chop
finely). Mix with remaining ingredients and let stand for 3 hours.
In large pot, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars
(pints or 1/2 pints) leaving 1/2 inch head space. Apply lids and
process jars in hot water bath for 20 minutes.

It's a very simple recipe and even a newbie at canning will be able to complete this recipe. My 60~ish radishes made just one batch last year. The relish was such a hit that within just a couple months it was completely gone. This time, Hubby wants enough to last the whole year.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cookie Heaven!

A picture is worth a thousand words...

And our cookies are worth a thousand "Yums".

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How does your Garden Grow?

Thanks for asking! LOL. My garden is doing very well. Finally! It seems like all the local veggie gardens are way ahead of mine. But I keep reminding myself that they all planted early because we had an unseasonably warm, sunny, and beautiful spring. I was unable to plant until May 27th. So I'm not really behind...everyone else's gardens are early! Hey, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Still, I am pleased with most of my garden. The peppers went into a bit of transfer shock but they are starting to come around. Cailey's Science Fair Beans have produced their first green beans.
Doesn't she look proud?

In our "high rise" (the really deep raised beds) the corn is growing very quickly now. The Potatoes, Onions and Carrots also seem to be very happy. I'm very curious to see what the harvest will look like. We've never tried potatoes and onions so it's all very new. Meanwhile, we've never had a successful corn crop and last year our carrots were very short because they needed a deeper bed. So, this year we're keeping our fingers crossed!

The lettuce was planted in small batches to ensure a longer more even harvest but as you can see the first batch looks really nice. And it taste really wonderful in our homemade buffalo chicken wraps and it made an excellent green bean salad with dijon vinegar dressing. Yum!

The cucumbers are starting to flower which is a good thing. But they began to cling to each other. Twisting around each other. So I decided that the cucumbers needed a trellis to climb. I kind of like how it looks. Hopefully, they're "cling" to the new supports the way they were clinging to each other.

After picking Cailey's Beans I realized that the "bush" beans I planted were climbing up the "beans" sign. So I decided to give them new trellis supports too.

I've already harvested our first round of radishes. To which my greedy hubby started rubbing his hands greedily, "Rosy Radish Relish." So having just enough for one batch I guess I know what I'm supposed to do! Then he asked how many radish seeds we still had. I showed him the nearly full envelope and his evil brain formulated a new plan. One that ended with me and Shan planting all of the seeds in every available unused bit of dirt. I figure that we planted over 300!

Not to be outdone my flower beds are being very showy as well. The Daylilies are simply beautiful and making arrangements with them is quite fun.