Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cucumbers for all

As noted in many previous posts, the cucumbers continue to grow with one plant producing about 10 a week. I was in the garden a few days ago getting tomatoes for salsa when I looked into the vines of the cucumber plant. There were a few hidden cukes I hadn't noticed that needed picking.Evidence of a crazy homemade Ice Cream party at the armstrongs. MMMMMMMMMMMMM

Anyone else have a problem vacuuming cause their one year old insists on helping? We can only hope that her interest in cleaning continues through her teen years. She rode around like this for a few minutes before losing interest.

Typical behavior for Sean when the camera comes out. Jump in front of the lens.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hurry up with Dinner Mom!

We had Mimi in town for the weekend so she could watch the kids while Sarah and I drank ourselves unconscious . Not really, but Mimi did an excellent job cooking dinner for us while she was here. We had a zucchini casserole mom made when we were kids and a new recipe consisitng of sauteed pancetta (ham), tomatoes, onions, garlic on a bed of pasta with fresh basil and parmesan on top. Here are Mimi, Sarah and the kids. Thanks Mom for visiting and getting beat at Scrabble once again.

Here is a good picture of Gracie and mommy on the Heber train. Notice Gracies dirty pants, luckily her mom managed to keep her clothes clean the whole train ride.

Anyone interested in Kung Pao peppers? We have a few.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Lettuce all be friends

A nice morning harvest which included one of my heads of lettuce. You may remember, I planted seeds early July for a fall harvest. Here is a link showing their early progress.(

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Damn you Cucumbers

S&G's mom suggested that I admit to the blogging world that I don't really like cucumbers. It's true, I'm not a big fan and probably wouldn't grow them if S&G's mom had not picked them out at the nursery. Anyone have a good recipe to share cause they keep on coming.Work in the garden has been minimal for me these days. Ever since I found this great migrant worker on my local street corner, $5/day gets me a lot of labor. Also notice that this worker actually brings his own heavy equipment with him.
Yet another helper in the making. Now that I got the earth work taken care of, I need someone willing to wash my vegetables. I think we have a winner.

Monday, August 18, 2008


On my trip to Vernal last week I saw a car on the road sporting this bumper sticker.And the sticker was on a

Are people really this dumb?

Friday, August 15, 2008

A mans salute to warty yellow squash

I must say, being a man that likes gardening may lead some to believe I'm a bit of a pansy but the squash I've grown below proves otherwise.

Lettuce is going crazy as well. I am in the process of thinning the loose leaf lettuce which makes for great salads.

And a picture of friday mornings harvest. Picked 9 cucumbers and lots of tomatillos. Like cucumbers?, drop by for a bag full.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday Harvest

Harvesting seems to take so much time but is very rewarding once all in the basket. I spent a while harvesting various veggies that we due for picking last night. Anyone want some Kung Pao peppers? Also notice the nice red bell pepper hiding under the Kung Pao peppers.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Try explaining this one!

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the garden but pertains to our Sean. S&G's mom recently posted a picture of Sean wearing one of his sisters bows while sporting his new tattoo. Here is a picture I took of Sean after realizing one of Gracie's dresses fit him.

And a picture of cute Gracie so she doesnt feel left out.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Squash and cucumbers are old news, tomatoes are here

I'm happy to finally have red tomatoes in the garden as I'm tiring of squash every night. I recently picked up some cookbooks at the library with many recipes for cooking squashes. We have been experiementing with them but have yet to discover any superb recipes. So far we tried sweet and sour zucchini and zucchini pizzas amongst others. Here is a picture of last nights appetizer, tomato slices on basil leaves drizzled with vinegar and oil which we put on toasted bread.I have only harvested 3 tomatoes this year so they are a delicacy at this point. I went out to grab a few things in the garden today and noticed one ripe red tomato. I picked it and layed it on the sidewalk since I didnt bring my basket for carrying veggies inside. After harvesting a few more things I went to grab the tomato and it was gone. The culprit, our big black beast. I gave him the benefit of the doubt since I didnt have the tomato in the basket and he does get tomatoes later in the summer. Notice the nice tooth mark in it.

Here is a typical days harvest. Still averaging one squash and zucchini a day.

The lettuce is now beggining to form nice heads. This is the first of many from my initial planting.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Busy as a bee

"I'm busy as a bee"; As some say in the environmental permitting world has certainly applied to me this week. I've been busy getting home projects done, working and balancing kids so I haven't spent much time in the garden. Just a few quick harvests resulting in yet more cucumbers (yessssssssssssssss), jalapenos and finally Tomatoes. I discovered my first red tomato August 6th which seems late but maybe Im just being impatient. I am very happy to know that we can now make fresh salsa and even better that we have something to go with all the basil. So here it is, a picture of the first red tomato. The cucumbers are taking to the trellis well but are taking to my Kung Pao pepper plant even better. The picture below shows the difficulty in harvesting peppers when the cucumber plant is holding them hostage.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Tossing the Salad

As the title hints, its lettuce time around our house once again. The heat tolerant, bolt resistant buttercrunch I planted a little over a month ago is ready for harvest. I did some thinning of plants Saturday which resulted in a nice salad for lunch. The fresh lettuce from the garden is my favorite.The cucumbers continue to amaze me with their growth. I went to harvest Saturday and found more than I bargained for. If you like fresh cucumber, come on over to the Armstrong house for a sampling. I harvested two more cucumbers Sunday and many more are close to picking.
A close-up of the fast growing buttercrunch.

Here is a good shot of the fam from the weekend. Sean and Madison are growing as fast or faster than my veggies, changing every day. And of course, Sarah is looking cute as ever.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Too many Tools

I was out harvesting squash and other things for dinner last night and took a good look at my bell pepper plants. The picture below was taken about 5 days ago, I will take some more pictures soon to show growing progress. I think I counted at least 10 peppers on one plant, come harvest time we will have lots. I was also poking around the cucumber vine last night and noticed lots and lots of cucumbers growing. The plant itself is about to take over my Kung Pao pepper plant. The picture below isn't so great but you can see the vines of the cucumber taking to the pepper.During my time in the garden last night I had a strange encounter with a Meerkat and former co-worker. The Meerkat can stay but I've got enough tools in my shed right now.