Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scrounging in the garden again

I was scrounging around up in the teeny tiny garden earlier today gathering anything left that might go good in a pot of homemade vegetable soup. A few tomatoes and lots of okra was about all I found, for the soup anyway...



Okra needs to be cut every day or it gets tough. All of this okra is way too big and old. I did however find several small pods. Now that all the old pods have been cut, more tender pods will grow...




Eli was with me in the garden and for those of you who have never seen him with dirty paws...





How could I tell to stop. He was having so much fun. He loosens the soil better than any tiller could...maybe next spring??

We found a few more orange peppers growing...


and, poking around...







we found three Citron melons...





This melon tried to grow on both sides of the fence...



Daddy used to say that citrons were not fit for anything except for hog food. I have learned recently that citron preserves are delicious. Our friend Nellie makes citron preserves and last summer brought Poppy and me a jar. She also gave me the recipe. Now I have never been a jelly, jam, preserves making person. I love pear preserves but they never turn out right for me. I plan to try once more with these citron melons.

Today has been a good day. It started off cool...59 degrees. I was bound and determined to cross off a few things on my list today and I did just that!

Thank you if you have managed to stay around this far. I said no more garden pictures but stuff to post about around here is pretty scarce these days. :)

Love,
Henny Penny




16 comments:

  1. Oh Eli, you mucky pup! Your tomato plants look like ours...plenty of tomatoes hanging on...but brown leaves.Let's hope this weeks sun will ripen them off.
    Jane x

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    1. It's surprising how the tomatoes hang on with the vine looking so dead.

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  2. Love your temperatures! Still upper 80s and low 90s here.
    Have a blessed Sunday! ♥

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    1. We are in the 80's today but next week it is supposed to cool off again. Hope it comes your way too.

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  3. I love your stories and your pics....even of the garden! Love that big fluffy white dog too!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you. It helps to get an encouraging word.

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  4. Your teeny tiny garden is still providing big surprises! And doggie fun too.

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    1. It is, and I didn't plant that citron melon seed so that is a surprise.

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  5. What a beautiful dog he is adorable. My tomatoes have just come to end, we pulled the last ones yesterday.

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    1. Sounds like most gardens are about fizzled.

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  6. Citron- that's a new one for me. I don't think I have ever heard of them. I bet your soup of good..I love to make soup in the fall.

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    1. The soup did turn out good, to my surprise. I was just looking on line for the easiest preserves recipe for citron and found the most interesting site about the citron melon. http://agardnerstable.com/2012/12/26/for-the-last-preserves-of-the-year Things I did not know about the citron.

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  7. At first I thought it was a bear or something, then realized it's a dog. I'm new, so you'll have to forgive my error. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment on my last post. Will be back often to learn about gardening as that's on my bucket list.

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    1. Well Eli reminds us of a polar bear...especially when he was smaller. :)

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  8. Citron melon is new to me as well. Do you suppose that is where the dried citron in dried fruit mixtures to be used in fruitcakes comes from? I always wonder where they hide all that stuff during the rest of the year (huge warehouses filled to the brim) -----you only ever see it in November and December.

    Our house got painted and thank the good Lord we really like the color. Sometimes that works out and sometimes not.

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    1. That is so funny. Growing up, I hated that green stuff in fruit cakes called citron. I guess it must be the same. Now I want to check on that.

      I am so glad you like the color of your house. I guess I will always get a chill when I think about our house being red. Where in the world did we get the nerve! :)

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