Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bug Patrol


French marigolds are planted here and there in the
vegetable garden to add color and to help deter bugs.




Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Miniature Pomegranate


From Gurney's
Not cold hardy, it needs to be moved indoor
before frosty old man comes.

A Bit of Accomplishment 有點成就感

I didn't expect it to grow this fast and loaded with fruits.
Experience farmers say bitter melon roots
are too tiny and shallow, they should be grafted
with luffa/winter melon/or other kinds of squash
roots in order to grow larger market size fruits.

Currently they are at 14 cm, big enough for me,
no need to go through the trouble of grafting;
however, I might do it in the future
just for the fun of it.

什麼時候轉白呀?
14 cm 對我家來說夠大了,
菜市場size太大了,那麼多,怎吃呢?






Name this Flower 什麼花?

Look familiar?

似曾相識?

Micro Mini Rose

Sweet Fairy
3/4" diameter, soft baby pink
From John's Miniature Rose
Strong healthy plant, easy to grow.



Where Are The Eggplants? 不見了


2 Mexican squash plants, 4 Ichiban eggplants

The squash and eggplants are placed 4 feet apart,
apparently they are too close together; the squash
has over run the eggplants.
If you look VERY CLOSELY
the darker color and smaller leaves
are what's leftover of the eggplants.





Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Luffa Shoots 龍鬚菜?

Can you eat this? I don't know, haven't heard anyone
mention this before; I made soup with it,
so far so good, I'm here to write about it.
Test result---it's OK to eat luffa shoots.



清湯---罐頭雞湯,雞蛋,絲瓜苗,姜片

意外的好喝
沒吃過絲瓜苗,也沒聽人家說可不可以吃,
看見瓜苗嫩嫩的忍不住摘一小把,
咬葉試試,不苦,舌也沒麻痺感
就大膽的燒湯燙菜了。

絲瓜苗像有很多鐵,
菜放下去不夠幾秒湯立刻變黑,
菜也變黑, 就像煮枸杞湯那樣。

湯喝了,沒啥不對勁,
人還在,沒4, 可以吃啦。









Yellow Crookneck Squash


These summer squashes are picked every other day,
otherwise they grow HUGH. I've collected few big ones
due to oversight. See the twins on the lower right side?
This plant has been producing twin squashes quite often.
I wonder is it genetic or they are growing
too close in proximity and fused together.



Monday, July 28, 2008

San Marzano 意大利種番茄


All these toms are harvested from one plant,
they are ripening quickly, but I am not
in the mood to can tomato sauce at this time.

唉~~~又愛又恨的番茄
吃慣自家種的,實在買不下超市貨,
所以每年都得跟它拚
那麼多品種,每種都想試,
結果搞到自己瘋了,發4不再種,
一個冬眠忘得乾乾淨淨,
春天還未到神經病復發,
又忙著發種子~~~~







Amaranth 一點紅莧菜

Grow like weeds -- 16 days from seed to harvest

從播種到收成共16天



After thinning, these can be picked in a few days.

只要大的,讓小的繼續長
過幾天再收


Best tasting at 4"-5" with 2-3 sets of true leaves

喜歡吃嫩的


Taste like baby spinach.
Pinkish juice exudes from amaranth after cooking.

菜汁是紅的
好吃,很嫩,沒土味




Winter Melon Flowers 冬瓜花

ID the gender of these two flowers

那是公花,那是母花?


Luffa Flowers 絲瓜花




Cluster of Male flowers?

買的苗,不知是那種絲瓜,
還未見母花,公花是一簇簇的?


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Goji (Wolfberry) Update 枸杞葉比一比

New growth: Wolfberry tips
Right: Grown from stem cutting
Left: Grown from seeds


If the stems are not cut
they can grow pretty tall.
They are cut from about 3" above soil level.





Leaves: My hunch is that these are two different cultivars.
Right: Grown from seeds
Left: Grown from stem cutting

葉型不同, 品種不同
第二代,第三代。。。。。。
以後葉子會不會大點呢?


Right: 1st generation stems from seeds
Left: Stems from mature plants

The seeds and stems could be hybrids,
both are from unknown sources.
There are many different species of wolfberry plants
found in China; the leaves are different in shapes and sizes,
the berries also come in different sizes and
different colors -- their hues
range from shades of orange to red.

現在知道街上買的杞子可以種出枸杞了,
問題是要種多少枸杞才收一把杞子?
我可沒耐力等杞子,也不想種那麼多枸杞,
還是吃葉算了--- 炒, 湯,餃子,煎蛋餅都好。

枸杞一身是寶--- 枝, 葉,根,籽,都可以吃,
枸杞根晒乾就是中藥的地骨皮了。




Tuesday, July 22, 2008

White Bitter Melon 不是白的嗎?

This plant is supposed to be "white" bitter melon,
will it turn white as it matures?

種的是白苦瓜,長的是青苦瓜,
長大時會轉白色嗎?




This one is bigger, it appears the green color is a bit lighter.
How come the melon shape is different from the above picture?
Are the seeds mixed up? (from Evergreen Seeds)

這個比較大,顏色好象微淺一點,
可是瓜型不同,都是同一品種嗎?

7/23/2008 丫旺說
對ㄚ,偶種的苦瓜跟妳說的一樣ㄚ
不過,個頭都只能長到像拳頭般大
聽說要ㄍㄧㄥ大~~後續的追肥...是學問


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sweet Basil



Love the scent of basil flowers, I purposely
let some basils bolt and use the stalks
as cut flowers in the kitchen.
The other flowers are French lavender.




Pesto time

Basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil,
pine nuts/walnuts, garlic.
Put above ingredients into a food processor
and pulse to the consistency you prefer,
add freshly grated cheese: Reggiano/Romano/Parmesan*
sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.

*Cheese do not freeze well,
do not add cheese if you plan to freeze the pesto;
instead, garnish with cheese after you made the dish.







Friday, July 18, 2008

Thai Basil 太多了,怎吃呢?

Thai basil also known as cinnamon basil in the U.S.




Home grown ingredients:
Thai basil, onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic.




Basil chili sauce--Asian style
Ingredients were stir fried with canola oil
and seasoned with Gold Mountain soy sauce,
Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce, and sugar.

可以叫九層塔辣椒醬嗎?
這樣吃也不錯, 請別問分量了,
你們都知懶人我煮菜是不量什麼的.




Basil chili paste--Asian style
An immersible stick blender was used
to coarsely blend the sauce into paste

The paste with fresh green peppers
doesn't look appetizing, perhaps dried
pepper flakes and whole basil leaves
is a better choice. However the paste
can be used as is--as marinade for meats,
or use as sauce in meat dishes.

味是對了,就是賣相不好,
也沒 Holy Basil 香,
下次用乾辣椒和HB會比較好。



Thursday, July 17, 2008

Toy Choy 矮腳白菜



Fast grower, cabbage worms and flee beetles like it.
Direct sow in EB--from seeds to harvest--38 days.
Seeds from Oregon Nichols' Garden & Nursery.

小白菜只有5"左右,所以老外叫它"Toy Choy"

我喜歡用盆種葉菜---懶挖地,乾淨,蟲蟲少,
容易整理,收一盆播一盆,幾個盆輪流玩,
夏天日長,日光浴半天就夠了,
秋天日短,要全日照啊,
盆子可以移來移去跟陽光走,
地上的就沒那麼方便了。






Sweet Onions 甜洋蔥





These were planted last October, very slow in maturing
and occupied too much space in the raised bed.
I need room for other crops, they're out!

I'm beginning to learn about various plant
life cycle, hopefully someday I can plan
for a smoother crop rotation schedule.

The smallest ones at the right hand corner
are grown from store bought green onions
which I planted from time to time when
they are no longer usable in the kitchen.


大大小小都拔了,
沒心情等,需要長時間的孩子
下次拿去舊屋種.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Garlic 蒜頭

Soft neck garlic harvested a month ago, I could have
wait another month or two for them to grow bigger,
but I need space for spaghetti squash,
these guys have to go.

一個月前收的,其實可以多等一兩個月
再大點才收-- 我呀,就是沒耐性。




Last batch harvested 3 days ago

前天收最後一批
陰乾後--蒜衣上的泥一碰就掉下
很乾淨的,水洗容易發霉啊.





Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Unexpected Harvest 意外的驚喜


Surprise harvest
想都沒想過會見到它們



Kung Pao Chili Peppers 中國種辣椒

This picture was taken after
I picked the peppers, you can see how
prolific the plants are, there are
many more fruits hanging in there.

These 2 survived strong gusty winds in Spring,
their siblings were long gone. When I gathered up
what seedlings were left in the yard after the ravage,
they were shriveled and dried with no hope of survival.
I tossed them into a corner and forgot about them.
Miracle happen sometimes---it rained,
the seedlings perked up,
since they were too tiny to be
transplanted into the ground I stuck them
into pots and forgot about them, they get water
when I remember, otherwise they were
pretty much ignored until today.

I saw flowers sometime ago, but I did not
expect much from them due to neglect;
and I certainly do not expect to harvest
from these plants at all, imagine how surprise
I am when I see the peppers. These guys
are back on my A List again!
Aha, I am an opportunist!!!!!!!

死裏回生的辣椒,從不抱什麼希望,
也沒像對其他瓜菜那樣侍候,
她就是大難不死---活著!
還給我生一堆子子孫孫呢~~

呵呵,現在當然是另眼相看囉!





Monday, July 14, 2008

Hidden Squash 教我如何不愛小的

Last time I checked was 3 days ago, I missed one
hiding under those big leaves.

三天沒問候就長給你看
所以呀,我還是喜歡小的




Big brother is heading for bread and muffins

可做幾條麵包了
哎,天氣熱真的不想烤什麼




Thicker than my arm, about 5-6 days old.

比我的手臂粗,可是不老



Friday, July 11, 2008

No Luck with Ong Choy 為什麼?


Shar--聽你的,沒 soak 種子,
種40粒,發9粒,23% germination, 唉~~~~~
空心菜與我八字不合呀!




種20粒浸泡過水的種子,發4粒, 20% germination
Web--你的也素醬嗎?以為你那 humid & wet
會比較好種呢。




Spinach--it's so easy to grow, they can be grown anywhere
either in ground or in containers. I grow it from Spring to
Fall every year, and it has not disappointed me once,
can't help but love it!

還是菠菜好,不管種地或盆都長得很好,沒讓我失望過.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Harvest from the Last Two Days 這兩天割的菜


Baby salad greens, kohlrabi, Japanese turnips, Ichiban eggplants,
yellow squash, jalapeno peppers, Mexican squash,
Bloomsdale spinach, garlic chives.


The kohlrabi and turnips bolted in Summer heat,
they were pulled to make room for Italian eggplants Rosa Bianca;
by the time Ichiban is done Rosa will be producing
at the end of Summer and early Fall.

天氣熱菜頭開花了,都拔囉,秋天再玩。
瓜瓜長得特別快,每天 double its size,
看溜了就是一個肥給你看的瓜瓜。



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

枸杞瘦肉湯


聽說喝枸杞湯眼睛更水水




剪頭囉,嫩嫩的葉,
不摘老了不好吃呢.




Overflow---time for haircut.

本想定值地上,看來一大堆的已經夠吃了,
還是盆種好了,挖地不好玩,太多也吃不了,
種枸杞是吃葉,杞子兩塊一大包,
幹嘛那麼辛苦等杞子呢?