Monthly Archives: June 2014


Gold Cherry Toms from the Topsey Turvey hanging over the deck.
Gold Cherry Toms from the Topsey Turvey hanging over the deck.

First Gold Cherry Tomatoes in the Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter on the deck this year. This is the second year using the Topsy Turvy, it has its pros and cons, a review to follow...


Raspberry Rhubarb Pie FixingsNot enough for a Raspberry Rhubarb Pie, but Fran will stretch it with strawberries.

Picking Cucumbers.  Still picking Beets & Snow Peas.  Zuccs soon.

Here are some more pictures of the garden.

The garden at the side of the deck
The New garden behind the deck


First Cucumber this year
First Cucumber this year

First Cucumber this year! Harvesting a handful of Raspberries every day, not enough for a pie though without saving them up. Besides celebrating first harvest of each veggie, posting here will track the date for when I look back in the future.


Ladybugs having breakfast. Raspberries for us.

First Raspberries this year, wow are they good fresh. Released ladybugs, cool!

Last week I was looking at the raspberry bushes, saw the raspberries were developing well and were plentiful. On closer inspection, I saw the stems had aphids on them, Drat! The bushes also had ladybugs on them, good, ladybugs eat aphids. Last year I bought ladybugs for the garden, and thought these might be descendants. I decided to get the odds more in my favor for the raspberry harvest so I bought more Live Ladybugs from Hirt's Gardens. I should write a review, it is an endorsement buying the same thing again from the same place. It is also neat getting bugs in the mail and keeping them in the fridge until using them. ...continue reading


First Beets this year, grilled Romaine Lettuce, sauteed Snow Peas and grilled Salmon.  The salmon was farm raised, but not in Fran's Victory Garden. These veggies will be the staples for the next several weeks, the meats will vary. ...continue reading


Picked the first Peas, a few days early, but we have company. Picked lettuce leaves, not ready to take heads yet.  The Peas were started in the ground, the lettuce in the greenhouse. It will be another few weeks for the beets.  Everything else is doing fine.  The whole garden is in, now just needs watering in the dry stretches. ...continue reading


Dead Fig Tree with Garden background
Dead Fig Tree with Garden background

Bad News, the Fig tree died from Global UnWarming. Good News, new sprouts from the roots. The first few years I wrapped the tree like the local Italians do, the last several years, I didn't.  This past winter was the worst since 1994, the "Winter From Hell". I was sad. A neighbor wrapped her Fig tree this winter and the same happened to her's.  It was not until I looked at her figs that I saw the sprouts at the roots, went back to the site of my sadness, and sure enough, spouts at the roots.  Oh, the Joy! Probably not many figs this year tho, and as the winters grow colder with Global UnWarming, I will have to replace the Fig Tree. Kiwi Fruit? ...continue reading