This Week’s Garden Harvest

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 15, 2009

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This morning I was out weeding the garden and noticed quite a few veggies were ready to be pulled!  So harvest I did…

2 yellow summer squash
3 bunches of cherry tomatoes
1 green pepper
3 hot peppers
Handful of green beans
Handful parsley
Handful basil

Doesn’t seem like much…remember, my garden is only 4′ x 8′!

I plan on freezing the peppers so that I can use them to make a “garden salsa” once more of the tomatoes ripen.  Details on freezing peppers at PickYourOwn.org!

Tonight we had leftover Pork Chops and Macaroni Salad from the birthday party.  Hoping to come up with a delicious pasta using some of the harvest for tomorrow night!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Donetta July 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

YA!!!!!!!!!
I am so proud of you and all that hard work!
I so remember last season that joy of first harvest.
good job!

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Abigail's Mommy July 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Tomatoes! Yum!

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Poltzie July 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I can’t wait to have a garden, looks great!!

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karisa July 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

hey erin! what a great harvest! i would love to see more posts on how you got your garden together and how you care for it (fertilize,etc).

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Erin July 16, 2009 at 7:25 am

Yep…planning on one of those this weekend!

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Alea July 16, 2009 at 1:11 am

It all looks so good! I can’t wait to see what you do with the squash because I have used my one great squash recipe twice in the last week. If I don’t find some new recipes for squash I am going to have an uprising at my house. ;-)

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Sarah P July 16, 2009 at 6:50 am

They look fantastic! Cant wait to hear about the pasta!

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Bree July 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

You are doing really well! I am new to gardening and boy oh boy am I having trouble I do have roma tomatoes but it is hit and miss they have bottom end rot sometimes ( in az they say it from fluctuations in watering/drying out and then too much water-this is hard to control when you hit 113 one day and 99 the next) and my cantaloupe and cucumbers are spreading like crazy but no fruit! EEEK I think I better start composting for better soil or something. I get a new wave of determination when I see what you are pulling out of your garden!

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Kristi July 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Are you blanching the peppers first since you’re freezing them for salsa? I’m so curious- I have tons of peppers now but my tomatoes aren’t ready yet!!! I saw that both directions are there- but since you’re doing salsa- I was wondering which you are doing!!! I’m hoping to can some salsa for christmas gifts!!! I love that pick your own site…gotten tons of good info there!!!

Thanks
Kristi:)

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Erin July 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Just gonna freeze them as is! I’d prefer to have them “un-blanched” when I go to make the salsa!

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Katherine July 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I think it looks like a lot of veggies! Well done!

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Jami July 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

Congratulations, Erin – nothing beats that feeling of reaping the rewards of all your work and then making a great meal out of it! The pasta you made with it looks fabulous. Here in Oregon, if you get a tomato to ripen in July, you’ve gone through some pretty big hoops. :-) But I’ve got some turning pink! And a few beans, etc. You can see my harvest at:
http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2009/07/some-things-from-mid-july-garden-plus.html,
if you’re interested. Really enjoy your site!

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Happy Cheapskate July 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

I am so jealous, Erin- my garden looks so sad… we have had such a cool summer in New England. It’s starting to heat up now, so I might be able to harvest something before September… sigh…

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