Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Garden Party #7

Jamie's theme for this week's Garden Party was all about getting back to the basics.  That is truly the reason I have a backyard garden.  Some of my fondest summer memories are of spending a week at a time on my grandparents farm in eastern Kentucky.  It was a working farm.  My Papal grew tobacco and bell peppers to sell commercially.  My Granny had a HUGE vegetable and fruit garden that provided most of the fruits and vegetables for our family.  I still can't eat green beans out of a can from the store!  My favorite lunch was to go to the garden, pick a tomato and cucumber from the garden and eat them when they were still warm from the sunshine. 

Each summer I would go help her shell peas, string beans, make applesauce, blackberry jelly and a million other treats.  Last summer I started making my own jams and jellies, just like my Granny does, even calling her for advice and suggestions.   I hope one day, my own children and grandchildren will ask me for advice on how to make jelly, can beans or pickle cucumbers.  I will be more that thrilled to share all I have learned from my Granny.

Now, here is what my little backyard garden looks like this week.

Just look at those tiny cucumbers!  Can't wait to put one on my salad.

My herbs are doing great, especially the basil.  I have already made one batch of pesto and I believe I will make at least one or two more this week.

This is my first ripe non-Roma tomato.  I believe he will have a special place of honor on my dinner table tomorrow night.

Look at this beauty!  I have about 5 more just a bit smaller that this one.  Once they all are ready, they will make a wonderful batch of greenpepper jelly. 

For more great gardens, jump on over to the Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.


  1. Wow! Look at those herbs! I love the memories you shared of summers at your grandparents house! I bet your Granny loved answering all your questions! What a blessing!

  2. Beautiful vegetables and herbs! Mine are not as far along as yours, but I am hopeful they will be soon!

    Athena at Minerva's Garden

  3. Your basil looks fantastic! Mine is struggling (though our other herbs are flourishing). Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have fond memories of snapping green beans on my grandmas front porch. Even though it was work it was fun. I'm interested in your greenpepper jelly. I hope you will post the recipe.

  5. Hey that's a great connection to the Back to Basics theme! No grandparents gardened in my childhood- what great memories. Thanks for sharing at the TGP!

  6. Everything looks wonderful!
    Thanks for linking up!

  7. Such brilliant details. I am a fan of such parties. We will be hosting a spring themed wedding anniversary party for our parents. We would prefer booking one of the most suitable garden themed San Francisco venues for that. Hope everything will be as per our plan.


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