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28 March 2009 @ 05:40 pm
Veggie Time  
We went to the nursery today and got two kinds of eggplant, cabbage, squash, cucumber, 8 kinds of tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatillos, lettuce, chard, bell peppers, habanero, ancho, red onion. Seeds for bush beans, sugar snap peas, and corn. In herbs, we got sage, oregano, chives, cilantro, two kinds of parsley, rosemary, thyme, mint, catnip. Next trip we'll get some different kinds of berries, probably raspberry and some sort of hybrid blackberry we saw, and get green onions and serrano if they're back in stock. Add all that to the fruit trees we already have - apples, appricot (4), cherry, plum, fig, peach, pear, almond, black walnut, pecan, I think we're not going to starve this summer.
tygermamatygermama on March 28th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Your garden sounds like it's going to rock!

(and for some reason, I found myself trying to read the whole thing in one breath. I couldn't do it, that's a lot of vegetables.)
Ith: Nature - Pink!ithildyn on March 29th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to be able to put up salsa this summer/fall. I also have a peach salsa recipe that if I like it, I may put up as well.

I'm pretty sure I missed some items [g]
Panthera: Girls - Here we gopanthology on March 29th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Drat. Drat.

Years ago, I had a massive herb garden. Then we moved house and I had a semi-massive herb garden in pots. Then in '03 the bf and I broke up and I moved home, and haven't had a herb garden or the inclination to garden since.

Now I have the urge to go to the local nurseries and shop. See whut you did thar? ;D

Seriously, though, the interest is coming back, which could be a good thing.
Ith: Art - Haida Maskithildyn on March 29th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
birggitt: Heartbirggitt on March 29th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh, my god, that's awesome!!!
So many tasting veggies, I think I'm gonna need to pay a visit next summer :)
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on March 29th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
We'll keep a light on for you!
Amy H. Sturgiseldritchhobbit on March 29th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
You'll have the most wonderful garden! I've never grown eggplant, although it's one of my favorite veggies (and, as a vegetarian, that's saying something); I really should try, since I cook with eggplant so much. You're an inspiration!
Ith: Art - Pink Poolithildyn on March 29th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
We got regular eggplant and Ichiban Japanese eggplants. I don't like them except in Baba Ganoush though [g]
Mischiefem_kellesvig on March 29th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
TOMATOES! I hope you got beefsteak. :)
Ith: Art - Rodinithildyn on March 29th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
We did! We got nearly a dozen varieties with 106 plants total.
curly_purls on March 29th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhh yummmmm!
Ith: Art - Haida Maskithildyn on March 29th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm happiest about the herbs! He's putting them on the front porch for me so I have easy access while I'm cooking.
badkarma_one: coffeebadkarma_one on March 29th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Color me jealous.

Most of our property now is devoted to roses -- it's an obsession my husband and I share (though we have his and hers gardens, so we don't have to compromise on which roses we buy). We have one 6-year-old peach tree, which gives the best peaches we've ever tasted.

However, we're moving to Florida within a year, and we hope to be able to buy at least half an acre, possibly more (though the larger pieces we've looked at, while they have newer homes on them, all have well water and septic -- which we've never had to deal with, being born-and-bred city kids). Once we have more property (and time to take care of it, since we'll both be retired, though I may work part-time), I plan on putting in a large veggie garden. I'm going to need to wrap my head around the differences though - I'm so used to the short growing season we have in NJ.

It's going to break my heart to leave these rosebushes here, though. Except for the minis and minifloras in pots, here's no way to take them with us -- they're too well-established to survive the move, and they're on the wrong rootstock for Florida, anyway (Dr. Huey or multiflora, plus a bunch of ownroots, as opposed to the fortuniana you need in Florida), so the point is moot.

I hope whoever buys the property appreciates them -- though I may contact the local rose society and tell the members to come up and take what they want out of the back yard (leaving the rosebushes in the front for curb appeal) before we put the house on the market. Only a dedicated rosarian would want to take care of over 200 rosebushes. We love it, but not everyone is as crazy as we are....

Now, if the weather would only cooperate so I can get out and do my spring pruning!
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on March 29th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
That's going to be my brother in a few years. He's collected 60 roses so far in the four years he's been here, and yesterday's jaunt included a long perusal of the rose section. I think he was bummed at me that I ended up deciding on the Japanese Honeysuckle for my back fence area instead of some sort of climbing rose [g]
badkarma_one: Personal Ensignbadkarma_one on March 30th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Tell your brother I would have chosen the rose, too. :)
dejladejla on March 29th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Just a warning... raspberry bushes spread. Trust me on this. Two raspberry canes multiply like hangers when you're not looking. My mother's two started taking over the entire back yard, and they're hell to dig up.

Although I love raspberries and would stand there, pick them off the bushes, and eat them out of hand.
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on March 29th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, both my grandparents had them. There's actually part of the yard I'd be happy for them to take over :) I miss summers in Victoria mostly just for the raspberries in my grandmother's garden!
dejladejla on March 30th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
They are actually one of the greatest deterrents to people wandering into your yard or breaking into your house--those thorns are nasty!

But they smell great, don't they?
bookaddict43bookaddict43 on March 30th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
It all sounds awesome and potentially tasty. Especially all those lovely cooler weather fruits - apples, cherries, peaches...yummmm