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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.


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.


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


Ok, here are some Garden pics.  They were taken w/ a Samsung Galaxy 4s and reduced  jpegs to email.

The first are the new this year garden paths.  Previously the paths were salvaged skids, free, but issues.  Now pavers.  This first one is reduced 90%.

The new paved Garden Paths

This year we have a TopseyTurvey hanging over the deck railing with gold cherry tomatos.

Topsey Turvey with Pomo d'Oro Cherry Tomatos