Sunday, June 28, 2009

Good Job

Deacon's #3

Some big events have happened since we last posted. Deacon had his third birthday. He had lots of fun and still talks about his "Happy Boofday Pawty"

He got his first bike and lots of other fun toys. Cousins came over that night for cake and a pinata party.

I (Will) never had a pinata for a party but you can't have a birthday in the Anderson family without a Pinata.

Everybody had fun (at least I think so) and no one was injured in the beat-down of the pinata!

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Just tonight we had our first watermelon. I was a little worried that it would not be ripe but it was wonderful. It tasted very sweet and very fresh. Deacon and Sedona went to town on it. It was a little larger than a bowling ball and mostly seedless. We have one more on the vine and since the other is off I suspect we will get another one growing soon. I will try to take some current pictures of the garden tomorrow.

The peppers have been good. One night we had our friends the Jones and the Gledhills over for dinner and cut up the japapenos and put them on our burgers. I was hoping that we would have enough to make some jalapeno poppers in the deep fryer but i don't think this time. I have been told that they will make it through the heat of the summer and so we should get some more in a couple of months when it cools down.

The tomato plant that survived is called a yellow pear tomato and it is an heirloom variety. I don't like tomatoes but these were rather sweet and not to tomato like. The kids and Kim have liked them. There are a ton on the bush now so I suspect we will have plenty for a salad. They are bite size and "POP" in your mouth.

The onions were good. Both yellow and red. The yellow onions got much larger. They were also sweet and great on burgers.

The squash has been really good. We have had 2-3 squash twice a week and they have been good steamed with butter and kosher salt. The kids have even enjoyed eating the vegetables. They really liked when we deep fried some zucchini and onions.

We are looking foreword to the cantaloupe and the corn which should be done in the next week. We have already decided that in the fall our garden will need to be about twice as big.

Special thanks goes to Joseph Gledhill for his help in prepping the area and his expertise on gardening, without which the garden would never have gotten off the ground. Also thanks to Daryn McClure for his advice on when to harvest watermelon and onions. I thought the onions had died but apparantly when the stalks lay over that means it's time to harvest.

Most special thanks goes to Ashley, Nolan and Deacon for watering, weeding and harvesting. They have had lots of fun watching this grow and both Kim and I have noticed that they have been more "adventurous" in their eating since planting the garden. To their list of favorite vegetables (fresh asparagus, corn on the cob and salad) we will have to add zucchini and tomatoes
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The Evolution

Hello again! We know it has been a while since we posted on this old blog but we are back!

Here are some pictures of our current and ongoing project...the GARDEN

We and the kids have had a fun time preparing, planting, watering, weeding and finally harvesting. We planted strawberries, corn, onions, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, anaheim chili.

We lost all of the summer squash, and one of the tomato plants. We think it was too hot for the carrots cause they kind of didn't do to much. The strawberries produced for about 1 month and then finally succumbed to the summer heat.
Everything else is doing well though. We will post more pictures of the evolution to date!

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