Yes, I have no Tomatoes…

 

Aren’t squash blooms pretty? Each one of those blooms will turn into a plump little squash. Some gardeners will pick the blooms and cook them.

Yet, but I will.  Those maters are growing like crazy!  And unlike last year, they’re blooming.  And the peppers are already setting on, as are the pumpkins.

And the squash!  Oh man the squash is going crazy.  I may have enough to supply the entire town…you understand that the population is around 300 and that’s counting all us country folks.

The boys and I mowed this morning and trimmed, hauled off, pulled up, swept up, hoed weeds and watered.  Everything.  And then I started picking squash.  Wow. do I have a lot of squash!  I’ve already cooked us a big batch with onions and butter, and everyone who has come through my door today has left with a sack of fresh squash.  This “could” be a banner year for us gardeners.  As long, of course, as we keep watering the heck out of everything.

But in the meantime, we’re eating stewed squash, fried squash and now, fresh corn.  THAT we have lots of.  Believe me. Tons of it.

I’ll be frying squash tomorrow and will post pics.  In the meantime, take a tour through the squash row with me?!!

Today’s take!

Just waiting to be picked!

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27 Responses to Yes, I have no Tomatoes…

  1. Teuchter says:

    I LOVE summer squash!! So yummy with butter – yes the real stuff not that stuff in the tubs! Yes I know they say it’s better for your heart but are all those additives good?? I mean butter is just – butter!! Have you ever cooked the blossoms Queenie? I’ve seen them dipped in a light batter and deep fried but I haven’t tasted them personally. I would try them if I got the chance of course. Pity I live more than 1500 miles away!! 😀

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    • The Queen says:

      Nothing but the real McCoy here. I don’t eat plastic knowingly!!! 🙂

      No I haven’t eaten the blossoms but this may be the year I try them!! I’d give anything if you could drop down for a visit! Sure you don’t have some long-lost cousins living here?!

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  2. Dianne says:

    Pretty garden. Mine is just about done for the summer. Just too hot here in July and August, no matter how much you water. I’m planting fall tomatoes this week.

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  3. heartfelt says:

    Great photos! We just picked squash from our plants for sale! We have quite a selection still! But they won’t go to waste.The blueberries are ripe, now. Wish you could see them! Or, even better, eat them!

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  4. The Queen says:

    Oh how I’d love to pick blueberries!! They are soooo good for you and they are sooo expensive at the grocery store! Thanks…I wished I’d had my good camera out there instead of my phone camera but was too hot and sweaty to walk back to the house for it! But I got every last one of those consarned weeds!!

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    • Teuchter says:

      Some of the best blueberries are grown close to where I live. You’d love them! If I find those long lost cousins and come for a visit I should bring you some. Oh darn it!! They probably wouldn’t let me take them across the Border!! 😦 Sadly I can’t eat them because of the seeds. We used to pick and eat wild ones in Scotland and they were called Blaeberries. The plants grew close to the ground, not on bushes like they do here, and they were pretty tart. Lots of sugar needed if you baked them in a pie!

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      • The Queen says:

        So how do you, phonetically speaking, say “Blaeberry”? I was told once that wild blueberries are called huckleberries in the Appalachians, but have since learned that they are “like” blueberries with a bit of different taste. Which will lead me to my next Christy post…. 🙂

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  5. heartfelt says:

    Blueberries are the perfect fruit! My sister’s family and ours live on adjoining properties and share a 300 bb bush patch, each plant about 5+ feet tall.Time to pick some berries for morning breakfast! Bye for now!

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    • The Queen says:

      *GASP* 300???!!!!!!!!!!! And 5′ tall?!!! I didn’t know they grow that tall. I’ll bet you need a ladder to get to them. Sorry, short person inside joke there. Did y’all plant them? I am so jealous!

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      • heartfelt says:

        Just so you know, Queenie, I do not need a ladder to pick blueberries, lol…I just wear high heels…=)

        The blue berry bushes will max out at 6-7′ eventually. By then, I WILL need a ladder or one of those arm-extension squeeze things. We,both families, planted them ourselves about 15 years ago. They were ‘bare root’ and looked like twigs. We’ve never watered them, just fertilized, and they’re doing great. I’ll try to send a photo!

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    • The Queen says:

      That would be great! Send me a pic via email and I’ll post it here. Better yet, I say we’d be honored to have you be a guest poster! What do you think? …”All About Blueberries”????

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  6. servetus says:

    I hardened off our tomatoes but didn’t get them in, which is just as well. We keep faithfully watering the pumpkins though.

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  7. The Queen says:

    Ooops, I’ve done that before. The hardening/forgetting/procrastination/whatever thing. Pumpkins are a fav around here. The grands love picking them. They helped plant them and are helping watering now. I’ll make farmers out of them yet!!! LOL!

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  8. Kitty says:

    I am so jealous. Our straight “neck squash” produced yellow zucchini. No sooner had I resigned myself to that fact when the grubs killed them in about 3 days. grrrr. You are Super Woman (do I hear a roar coming from a westernly direction).

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  9. The Queen says:

    Well , I thought I had planted straight necks too, but these are far from straight. And the skins are bumpier. Kinda like their teenage squash with acne. Blechh! No no, you misheard that Stupid Woman…I don’t know when to quit!!! 🙂 Is it too late there to replant? They grow quick you know!!

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  10. Teuchter says:

    Sorry, I missed your question as to the pronunciation of Blaeberry. It sounds like blay-berry – the first syllable rhyming with “say”. I’ll turn you into a Scot yet!! 🙂 They belong to the same plant family as heather so it is not surprising that they often grow side by side in the same peaty soil.

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  11. The Queen says:

    And there you have it folks…blayberry! Actually, have I told you my dad’s side comes from Scotland? I’m rather proud of that. Interesting about the heather. Now..I wonder if the Scots brought them over or if they were already here? Now it’s ME off to Google blaeberries!! Thanks sweetie!!

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  12. servetus says:

    there’s also something called fraughans. Haven’t ever tried one but have read about them many times.

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  13. The Queen says:

    Looks like fraughans, bilberries, whortleberries, blaeberries, heatherberries, whimberries and huckleberries are kinfolk. But not blueberries. Must investigate further. Interesting. They all like acidic soil like blueberries.

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    • servetus says:

      I don’t know if you remember this, but once upon a time, before blueberries got so big, there was a sort of small blueberry that one was exposed to. Like if you bought one of those morally questionable “blueberry pancake mixes,” they had a small can of “real blueberries” in them and they were very small.

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      • The Queen says:

        I remember them too. I always wondered if those were real blueberries. Of course, if they were or weren’t real, I wouldn’t have known. I’d never had a fresh blueberry in my life!

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  14. Teuchter says:

    I remember those! I like the name “fraughans”!! I can imagine the “gh’ being pronounced like the “ch” in the word loch!! Of course I could be way off beam there as in Gaelic pronunciations can be nothing like how a word is spelled! 🙂

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  15. The Queen says:

    Teuchter, we really do need to do a recording of you talking! I’d love to hear that lovely Scottish voice reading something…maybe Robert Burns?

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  16. Teuchter says:

    You may have a complete change of heart once or if you hear me. I’m not a Lowland Scot so even I have a hard time with how some of his words should be pronounced. I just wish I could speak Scots Gaelic as it is so lovely to listen to. However if such a recording was ever to come to pass I could perhaps just say the names of some of the places around where we used to live. Be sure to stay well back from the screen as there are lot of “ch’s” in them! Lol!! 🙂

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  17. Teuchter says:

    I promise I will try to find out how to do it! Will keep you posted!! 🙂

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