Monthly Archives: June 2015

First Zucchini & Cucumber, and the last of the Beets. Not pictured, 3 cabbages.
First Zucchini & Cucumber, and the last of the Beets. Not pictured, 3 cabbages.

I picked the first Zucchini and the first Cucumber. Harvested the remainder of the beets. Also harvested the cabbages.

Getting ready for the fall Cabbages. The seeds have germinated and I will move them to the planting trays. After the seedlings poke thru the potting soil and are looking sturdy, I will put the the trays out under the tunnels before transplanting.  Looking to plant 10 cabbages.

Still picking a half dozen Raspberries a day, tasty.  I will be pruning the raspberry plants July 1st, saw some very good pruning videos on youtube.com, I liked the Green Garden Guy.

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Raspberry Peach Pie w/ Oatmeal topping and Ground Cookie crust
Raspberry Peach Pie w/ Oatmeal topping and Ground Cookie crust

Now harvesting the last of the Spring crop of Prelude Raspberries. The three year old plant was the bulk of the harvest, the two year old was disappointing, and one of the two new plants did pretty good. Prelude Raspberries promise a harvest in the fall also, haven't had a fall harvest the first two years, maybe this year with pruning as the trick, more later...


Here is the promised "Fran's Raspberry Peach Pie Recipe"

  • Crust
    • 1 box of Fig Newton thin cookies (1 and ½ packs) ground. (or any cookie of choice)
    • 6 tbsp melted butter
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • ¼ cup almond flour
    • Ground cookies, melted butter, sugar and almond flour in food processer until crumbly. Then transfer to pie plate (which has been sprayed w/ pam). Use bottom of a juice glass to pat to form a crust.
  • Filling
    • 1½ to 2 cup Peach (About 4 to 5 large peaches)
    • 1 cup Raspberries
    • ¼ cup tapioca
    • 1 tsp lemon rind
    • ¾ to 1 cup sugar
    • Cut peach and mix raspberries with, tapioca, lemon rind and sugar. Let set for ½ hour.
  • Topping
    • 1 cup oatmeal
    • 2 to 3 tbsp butter
    • ¼ cup flour or almond flour, Nuts (almond or pecan) ¼ to ½ cup
    • Mix butter w/ other ingredients until crumbly.
  • Combine filling into pie crust then top with topping. Bake for 1 hour at 350 until bubbly.
Raspberry Peach Filling
Raspberry Peach Filling
Raspberry Peach pie w/ Oatmeal topping
Raspberry Peach pie w/ Oatmeal topping
A Bunch of Raspberries
A Bunch of Raspberries

A Bunch of Raspberries
A Bunch of Raspberries

Been picking Raspberries for days now. Today there were so many from the three year old plant I am thinking I will be overwhelmed when all four plants are mature. Fran is going to make a Raspberry Peach pie.  Stay tuned for pictures and the recipe.

The previous two years I bought ladybugs to deal with aphids, no aphids this year, so far.

Did a lot of weeding these last several weeks, I will try cloth mulch, wish me luck. The cabbage tunnels appear to be working. Gonna do more weeding later today in 90+ degree heat.

Beets are coming up fine this year, another couple weeks, no bunnies this year. The first planting of Snow Peas only grew a foot or so, odd, the second planting is doing fine. Only about 10% of the Edamame germinated, reseeded a week ago, some success. The Zuccs are doing great, will pick the first in a few days. The Pole Beans are doing great, wish I liked beans more.

Spent some time with the garden planner software, all the plants are identified, planters, tunnels and notes added. I have to spend some time dressing it up, trouble coloring inside the lines. I have some ideas for user fields, properties, and processes, more later.

Learned something new on the cruise, how to dry tomatoes on a barbeque. I probably made most of the mistakes on the first go, turned out excellent anyway.  I like things that work easily. The batch I did are also smoked, I had to throw some wet wood chips on to lower the charcoal temperature. Again, I like to focus on things that work easy, next year many more tomatoes to dry.