Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Flowering Frenzy--A Trailer Park Homestead update

 I'm so excited!  It seems like just about everything that needs to produce flowers to produce yummies has flowers this week.  And some, like the zucchini pictured above, are starting to think about making me food!  Based on the number of flowers in the zucchini area, you can probably expect a lot of zucchini recipes pretty soon!

Here's what else is growing on this week at the Trailer Park Homestead:
Cucumbers look to be coming along nicely as well, which is fantastic, since my 6 year old can't ever seem to get enough cucumbers!  It's so hard to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables...I can't keep enough around for them!
I may have to fight the kids off of these!  Blueberries are one of my favorites so I'm so excited that a couple of my blueberry bushes are actually producing at least a little somethin'-somethin' for me this year!
My third pretty broccoli head!  I'll wait a few days, then I think this will be joining some snap peas from the garden in some chicken teriyaki!
I'm so glad that there are approximately 50 billion flowers on my tomatoes, since I'm out of tomato sauce from last year and would like to get some made soon and don't want to have to buy maters from the farmers market to do it!
Still not sure what these are, but I think I'm getting some ideas.  Definitely still puzzled on how they got in that tomato bucket though!  If you think you know what they are, be sure to head over to the contest to figure it out before they reveal themselves, which may be soon, since it looks like they are thinking about popping out some flowers too.
My "Three Sisters" are really starting to play together nicely.  Look how nicely that bean is climbing up that corn!  Unlike my kids, the three brothers and the one sister, I didn't have to constantly referee these guys to do what they are supposed to!
I currently have four planters of lettuce going (the one we actually are eating out of isn't pictured this week) in various stages of growth.  The bottom planter in this picture did contain the original lettuce that I started oh so early in the season, but those got ucky, so I pulled them, dumped the soil onto the potatoes, cleaned out the planter, put in some fresh soil and am getting ready to grow another crop.
This was a "non-essential" project I got done this week.  There was just a pile of rocks with weeds growing around the base of the lilac bush.  The original plan was to pull out the rocks, put down some landscape cloth, then just piling the rocks back on.  I pulled the rocks off, but then decided this would be another nice area to have a little shade bed.  Eventually, I'll probably put herbs in there (catnip?), but I couldn't stand to have a bed empty that long, so I stuck some lettuce seeds in there.  I just can't seem to get enough lettuce this year.  Yum!  This patch finished off a packet of lettuce I got nearly two years ago as well.
This is the view from my driveway.  It makes me so happy to see this every time I get home from someplace!  I sure like my Trailer Park Homestead!


  1. It all looks beautiful! Time to enjoy all your hard work :-)

  2. Grate your zuch and then mix it with flour and milk and such, and make zucchini puffs. They're like potato pancakes but they sneak greens into your children. They're great with sour cream or even a bit of butter. Yum!

  3. Trust me, I don't need to sneak greens to my kids! The problem with my kids and fruits and veggies is that they almost never leave any for my husband and I! There have been lots of times that I've gone to get something out of the fridge to cook up for dinner and it's gone! Just this afternoon, I busted my toddler getting into the peas I was wanting to save for seed.

  4. Oh my goodness, your veggies are doing their momma proud! That zucchini is going to be great! I make potato pancakes (latke) with zucchini and parmesan cheese.... everyone here loves them. Can't wait to see some of your other recipes. ;)

  5. Can you post a link to the contest? I want to enter!

  6. Where it says "head over to the contest to figure it out" there is a link to the contest.