Vegetable Gardening 

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses!

April First And Time To Walk In The Garden And See What's Cooking (Page Two)
Det er April først og tid til at gå i haven og se hvad der er Cooking

Page 1 - The Work Begins   |   Page 2 - April Is Here And We Are Growing
Page 3 - Late April And Time To Harvest And Cook!   |   Page 4 - May 1st
Page 5 - Mid May Panorama And June Garden Status
Page 6 - Tomato Sauce Time   |   Page 7 - Corn On The Cobb Time

Visit The Front Yard     Learn About Squash     See The Garden Grow     April 9th

Velkommen venner

Wecome til Californien! Vi er glade for at møde dig.

Vi er så glade for, at Charlotte har sendt dig disse billeder.

Når vi ikke spiller golf eller dans, vi arbejder i haven. Min smukke kone, Sue gør magi fra grøntsager!

Kom og besøg os snart!

Farvel for nu

Paul & Sue

The Danish on this page is for Charlotte's family who live in Denmark!   They enjoy garden pictures so we wanted toshare and say hello to them.

An April walk in our garden

Remember? - Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.   -  Doug Larson

Den forventede levealder ville vokse med stormskridt, hvis grønne grøntsager lugtede så godt som bacon. - Doug Larson

Sometimes it is difficult to garden because you just want the little guys to grow and then, all of a sudden, the veggies get some traction and you can't keep them in the ground! It's always a challenge for Sue as to what she will have as raw ingredients on any given day!

An April walk in our garden
The transplanted nectarine tree is doing fantastic! This year we can
simply reach our and take them without having to trample though the garden!

An April walk in our garden
We planted onions around all the borders and they are doing well

A walk in the garden April 2015
Pull them out and cook them - 30 seconds from garden to grill

Did You Know? - The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage.

An April walk in our garden
First time for kale... Small beets are along the border

An April walk in our garden

An April walk in our garden
There are four different apples on this tree!

An April walk in our garden
The south yard has three trees plus peppers and room for other plants later on

An April walk in our garden
The blueberries are turning...
Time to put up the nets!

An April walk in our garden
We will have three months of blueberries

Did You Know? - Georgia has a long harvest season, lasting from late April through the end of July. In a little more than 10 years, Georgia has become a major player in the global blueberry market.

Georgia is the fourth- or fifth-highest producer of cultivated blueberries in the U.S., with almost 10 percent of production. In 2012, Georgia produced 77 million pounds of blueberries from nearly 15,000 acres of orchards.

Maine produces 25% of all blueberries in North America with 24,291 hectares (60,020 acres) under cultivation. Wild blueberry is the official fruit of Maine.

Hammonton, New Jersey claims to be the "Blueberry Capital of the World, with over 80% of New Jersey's blueberries coming from this town. Every year the town hosts a large festival that draws thousands of people to celebrate the fruit.

See The Garden Grow... Seven Weeks Of Cauliflower

An April walk in our garden
The cauliflower heads are just beginning to form deep inside the plant
See what they looked like seven weeks ago

Cauliflower was planted on 2/8/2015
The cauliflower looked like this February the 8th

A walk in the garden April 2015
Cauliflower is excellent for you...
Look at the vitamin C

Did You Know? - Cauliflower traces its ancestry to the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in ancient Asia Minor, which resembled kale or collards more than the vegetable that we now know it to be.

The cauliflower went through many transformations and reappeared in the Mediterranean region, where it has been an important vegetable in Turkey and Italy since at least 600 B.C.

It gained popularity in France in the mid-16th century and was subsequently cultivated in Northern Europe and the British Isles. The United States, France, Italy, India, and China are countries that produce significant amounts of cauliflower.

An April walk in our garden
Tomatillos will soon be made into sauce for our Mexican meals

An April walk in our garden
The husks are forming... We will keep an eye on them

Did You Know? - The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), known as the Husk Tomato or Mexican Husk Tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and are a staple of Mexican cuisine. Tomatillos are grown as annuals throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The tomatillo fruit is surrounded by an inedible, paper-like husk formed from the calyx. As the fruit matures, it fills the husk and can split it open by harvest. The husk turns brown, and the fruit can be several colors when ripe, including yellow, red, green, or even purple. The freshness and greenness of the husk are quality criteria.

An April walk in our garden
Might be a little late for peas but we are giving them a try

An April walk in our garden
Peppers, Swiss chard, beets... Living together in harmony
We plan to harvest the larger leaves of the Swiss chard this week

Did You Know? - Swiss chard isn't native to Switzerland. Its actual homeland of chard lies further south, in the Mediterranean region; in fact, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle wrote about chard in the fourth century B.C. This is not surprising given the fact that the ancient Greeks, and later the Romans, honored chard for its medicinal properties. Chard got its common name from another Mediterranean vegetable, cardoon, a celery-like plant with thick stalks that resemble those of chard. The French got the two confused and called them both "carde."

An April walk in our garden
Notice, we gave the string beans a left-hand turn...
We are trying to keep them from going over the top of the cage

An April walk in our garden
Cherry Bomb peppers

Did You Know? - A pimiento, pimento, or cherry pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper (Capsicum annuum) that measures 3 to 4 in (7 to 10 cm) long and 2 to 3 in (5 to 7 cm) wide (medium, elongate).

The flesh of the pimiento is sweet, succulent, and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper. Some varieties of the pimiento type are hot, including the 'Floral Gem' and 'Santa Fe Grande' varieties.

Pimiento is an originally Spanish term that was added to English (a loanword). The fruits are typically used fresh or pickled. The pimento has one of the lowest Scoville scale ratings of any chili pepper.

An April walk in our garden
Eggplants are just forming ... Amazing colors

A walk in the garden April 2015

Learn About Squash

An April walk in our garden
Paul grabs a squash blossom to indicate the size of the blossom

An April walk in our garden
The plant is just going wild!
Good because he might be dinner tonight!

A walk in the garden April 2015
Yummy! Take A Look At Sue's Approach!

An April walk in our garden
A beautiful specimen of a squash blossom

An April walk in our garden
Ready to stuff it with cheese...
Well... After we wash him up and dry him

An April walk in our garden
Just one of many plants around our garden
We have crook neck, straight neck, patipan, and zucchini plants

A walk in the garden April 2015
The baby squash are delicious

Radishs Make A Great Salad

An April walk in our garden
Radishes... Never knew they were so good until Sue made a radish salad

Did You Know? -We use the parts of foods we often throw away was radish top soup.The peppery taste of the leaves from radishes. Most of the time the leafy greens from radish plants get thrown away or composted, but they're edible and delicious. Here are five recipes that make use of radish leaves.

  • Radish Top Soup – This is the recipe I used for that first foray into eating radish tops. Mixed with potatoes and topped with sliced radishes, this creamy, pureed soup will turn you into a radish green lover.
  • Radish Greens Dal – Radish greens and lentils are the base for this spicy curry.
  • Radish Leaf Pesto – The greens from radishes replace the basil and parsley in this pasta topper that can also be used as a dip.
  • Spicy Stir Fried Radish Greens – Garlic and a sauce are added to the greens and stir fried for one of the fastest side dish you can make.
  • Radish Leaves and Avocado Quiche – This is one green quiche. The recipe calls for making mini quiches and topping them with sliced radishes. Very colorful.

An April walk in our garden
Amazing use of radishes!   The radish salad was wonderful!

An April walk in our garden
We had red and white ones so far.... More are now planted

An April walk in our garden
The bush bean blossoms are coming along nicely

An April walk in our garden
Mr. Tomato is getting ready....
We are trying some new staking and pinching techniques this year

An April walk in our garden
We planted "Duck tomatoes" for our son Joe!

An April walk in our garden
The north wall is covered in tomatoes

An April walk in our garden
These will be carrots in a few weeks and remember to save the leaves...
Makes a great pesto sauce

An April walk in our garden
The four-foot wide beds are just perfect for us old folks
De fire-fods brede senge er bare perfekt for os gamle folk

An April walk in our garden
More onions.... They look so good!

An April walk in our garden
The perlite is working well keeping the soil moist

An April walk in our garden
A look across the pool

An April walk in our garden
Time for a veggie sandwich!

Let's Also Do The Front Yard

An April walk in our garden

An April walk in our garden
Herbs and lettuce are doing well... They get visits all the time
From the chef.... Nothing like fresh herbs

An April walk in our garden
We keep the mint separate as it is so evasive

An April walk in our garden
The blackberries are forming blossoms now

An April walk in our garden
The spaghetti squash will end up 30 feet long and run along the top of the fence

Did You Know? - Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled, steamed, and/or microwaved. It can be served with or without sauce, as a substitute for pasta. The seeds can be roasted, similar to pumpkin seeds.

When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti.

An April walk in our garden
Tomatillos are blossoming...

An April walk in our garden
Our new pomegranate tree has not a single blossom
but the internet says it may take two years An April walk in our garden
It looks healthy enough

An April walk in our garden
The artichoke was just planted

An April walk in our garden
String beans in the back, bunching onions next and three rows of onions you see
just peeking out of the dirt!

An April walk in our garden
The Japanese grapes are really looking great!

An April walk in our garden
The orange trees have fruit from six months ago and new
blossoms that will be fruit by November

An April walk in our garden
Our Mediterranean orange tree is loaded!

An April walk in our garden
Herbs are always ready to pop into the skillet... Cilantro and parsley here
Urter er altid klar til at pop i stegepande ... koriander og persille her

An April walk in our garden
Limes anyone?

An April walk in our garden
Along the driveway we have grapes and they are already forming
Langs indkørslen vi har druer, og de er allerede danner

An April walk in our garden
Onions are looking good!
Carefully look and you will see peas from the fall garden peeking through

An April walk in our garden
The apple tree is loaded with blossoms and fruit!
Den æbletræ er fyldt med blomster og frugt!

An April walk in our garden
Note that the tree is fruitless on the bottom (where people walk by and get them)

An April walk in our garden
The plum tree is full of blossoms and small fruit! We will have plums this year!

An April walk in our garden
This orange is loaded with fruit and blossoms... This is a Valencia orange

An April walk in our garden
Inside our front yard wall... Note the onions

An April walk in our garden
We can sit in the hot tub and listen to the fruit and veggies grow

An April walk in our garden
Orange juice later this week
Appelsinjuice senere i denne uge

An April walk in our garden
The basil always grows well

April 9th...A Walk To See The Details

We love our garden!
The onions are beginning to expand!

We love our garden!
Another month they will be big and fat!

We love our garden!
The little cauliflower is working hard

We love our garden!
Buried deep in the leaves

We love our garden!
Well hidden

We love our garden!
We are watching you!

We love our garden!
The bush beans are foing well

We love our garden!
Blueberries are amazing

We love our garden!
The garden is in full bloom

We love our garden!
Thanks to Hans, we have FANTASTIC blueberry desserts for breakfast

We love our garden!
Nummy nummy!

A walk in the garden April 2015
Goodbye for now from California
Farvel for nu fra Californien

Page 1 - The Work Begins   |   Page 2 - April Is Here And We Are Growing
Page 3 - Late April And Time To Harvest And Cook!   |   Page 4 - May 1st
Page 5 - Mid May Panorama And June Garden Status
Page 6 - Tomato Sauce Time   |   Page 7 - Corn On The Cobb Time

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