Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Neat Treat Without So Much Heat

Pizza peppers resemble jalapeños but have a much less fierce bite. And they can be easily grown in containers, even those that are less than a gallon in size. So if your gardening space is restricted to a deck, balcony or small patio, this pepper is an ideal candidate to add to your container garden.

Monday, September 26, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons....Pickle Them!

Well, you can pickle them when they're lemon cucumbers. They grow to be about the size of a baseball and at first glance they don't look as though they have much in common with their green cousins. But slice into them and take a bite. The aroma and the taste will tell you that they are indeed cukes. And need I mention that they are great when pickled?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Российская Хурма

Although tomatoes are indigenous to the Americas, thanks to Spanish explorers they have spread all over the world, even to our comrades in the former Soviet Union. These are Russian Persimmon tomatoes and they only take about 75 days to grow. They're quite tasty and really nice to look at. You know, there are thousands of tomato varieties and I hope to live long enough to grow every one of them. Ah, hope springs eternal. Well, that's all for now. до свидания Това́рищ!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

太陽 Twins

Last year I waited a day too late to gather the seeds from my sunflower. The blossom fell to the ground during the night and scattered seeds everywhere. I decided to cover them up with soil and see what would develop. Only three seeds sprouted from the dozens that were deposited in the earth and all reached maturity, but something nibbled one of the blossoms off before I could photograph it. Anyway, here are the two that were left. They didn't grow as high as the single sunflower plant did last year, but both are in the seven foot range.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mouthwatering Melons

Despite the late start, it's been a very good year for melons. I lost a few to squirrels and our resident neighborhood rabbit, but there have been more than enough left to eat and plenty to give away. You could say that this season has been melon heaven!