How My Garden Grows ~ Mid June 2012 ~ Reno, Nevada

My small garden has taken off with the warm nights and hot days we’ve been having lately here in Reno!

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Barrel full of Red Onions

Potatoes, Chives, Thyme, Oregano, Tarragon, Rosemary, and Catnip.

Beets…lots of them with garlic to the right and some more onions in front.

3 types of zucchinis on the left with a bunch of beans on the right.

Sugar Peas…there are carrots to the left.

BABY zucs!

Back right ~ japanese eggplant, Left ~ cucumbers, Front ~ pumpkins

Big box has oodles of heirloom tomatoes, two containers on the left have tomatillos.

Lots of different peppers and one basil.

Grapes…lots of grapes forming on the very old vine.

Pears are getting larger…branches are starting to droop.

August 2009 Garden Update ~ Sparks, Nevada

Well…it’s almost the end of August and here is what is left of my garden. I don’t think it produced as well as last year, but I tried different plants than last.

Cucumbers…I’ve oodles of cucumbers. The best producing ones have been the Lemon and the Homemade Pickles. Both I bought as seedlings from the UNCE Plant Sale, and that particular Master Gardener got her seeds from Botanical Interests in Colorado.

Cucumber ~ Homemade Pickles Seeds

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They have made many many many pints and quarts of pickles (picture shows lemon and homemade cucs):

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Lemon Cucumber Seeds ~ These are tasty little cucumbers!

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Spacemaster Cucumbers round out my cucumber plants. It’s not producing as many as the other two…but supplies us with great cucs to slice into salads and add with red onions and vinegar.

Squash…I’ve diddly-squat in the squash department. Squash bugs ate my whole crop. I couldn’t smoosh them fast enough.

I do have a mystery volunteer that is coming up in the decomposed granite in between two of my boxed tomato plants. I’m thinking it’s a winter squash of some sort…or a mutant. Anyone have any ideas?

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Tomatillos…I’ve tomatillos coming out of my ears. 🙂 They grow well here in Northern Nevada, that’s for sure. I think I may decrease to 2 plants next year. I’ll be making more salsa soon. I’ll add a bunch into pesole that I plan on canning (going to break out that pressure canner that I got for my birthday soon).

Peppers…peppers ALWAYS do well here! I’ve been picking bell peppers, hungarian stuffing peppers, yellow pickle peppers, jalapeno, cayenne, and sweet italian. I’ve borrowed my sister’s dehydrator and plan on using it and the pressure canner to put up my peppers after roasting them. I read that you can dehydrate peppers even after roasting them. Will be making sauces up and canning them too.

Sweet Italian peppers starting to ripen

Sweet Italian peppers starting to ripen

The corn did ok, not as well as last year. I planted it in a different spot, guess it didn’t like it much.

The heirloom Brandywine tomatoes did not do well at all. The plant looks ok, it blooms, but then they drop. The heirloom Siberian tomatoes are producing very well.

Beets did great. Carrots not so well. Radishes did well. Brussels sprouts not so well…I finally yanked them as they were full of bugs. Cabbage did great. Cantaloupe got eaten by squash bugs. Horseradish is doing great…well, the top part is really big, not sure about the root part yet.

Herbs do great in my yard. You should see my one sun room…loaded with brown lunch bags of herbs drying. Basil, fennel, chamomile, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage.

My Growing Garden in Sparks, Nevada

Had an extra long Fourth of July weekend…yesterday I took the first of 12 unpaid furlough days. Spent yesterday in the garden, napping, crocheting, and bowling. I bowled a 121 my second game…was doing an Irish jig (if you knew my average was in the 80-90’s you’d do the jig right along with me! 🙂 )

Anyhoo…am going to post some pictures of my garden. Seems to be a bit slow this year, probably was all the cool weather we had earlier in June.

On Friday I picked some of my beets and onions to pickle them…wanted to take some up to Truckee area for the Fourth of July. I didn’t can them in a water bath…figured we’d eat most of them up so I just put them in the frig. With the leftover beet brine I made a variation of Dilly Beans with the green beans and some dill that I also picked Friday morning.

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I have two heads of cabbage, I yanked about 4 other cabbage plants as I really didn’t have the room for them in the bed. They’re a nice size now…even have two recipes lined up for them.

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Edna Mae's Escalloped Cabbage Recipe

The other recipe is from my Cooking from Amish Country book…I’ll bring the recipe tomorrow.

I’ve about 8 Brussels Sprout plants with these guys growing on ’em…

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Peppers are setting on the plants…

Hungarian Stuffing Peppers

Hungarian Stuffing Peppers

Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne Peppers


Sweet Italian Peppers

Sweet Italian Peppers


Yellow Pickle Peppers

Yellow Pickle Peppers

Corn was knee high by the Fourth of July; will be picking the first of my heirloom maters this week!; Hearts of Gold cantaloupe growing well; grey squash finally setting on; have lots of different kinds of cucumbers growing; oodles of tomatillos; green bush beans have been producing well; yellow wax beans are coming along; I’ve onions and garlic ready to be picked; and I’ve already harvested quite a bit of the herbs, shared them with coworkers and have some up drying.

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Finished Planting my 2009 Vegetable Garden ~ Sparks, NV

After burying my beloved Max near the herb & blueberry garden I put what was left of my energy into planting the rest of my vegetable garden.

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Planted in the 6×6 raised bed are the following: carrots, red radishes, white radishes, heirloom beets, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.

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In the 12×4 raised bed I planted: garlic, red onions, yellow onions, tomatillas, bush blue lake beans, spacemaster cucumber, lemon cucumber, heirloom beets, broccoli, sweet italian pepper, jalapeno pepper, anaheim pepper, and hungarian stuffing peppers. (I ran out of room for the serrano and one other pepper so I gave them to a coworker)

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In the 12×2 in ground bed I put in mexican grey squash on one side and on the other one each of acorn squash, delicata squash, and hearts of gold cantaloupe (from Fallon, NV). In between all the squash I have 8 sweet white corn stalks.

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I found a Topsy-turvy thingy and planted a siberia fir tree heirloom tomato in it. In four containers I planted 2 brandywine heirloom tomatoes and 2 red siberia heirloom tomatoes.

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Out front, near Max’s grave, are two handmade pickle cucumber plants. In that same area I have 2 oregano, 3 sweet basil, 1 lemon thyme, dill, fennel, and a rosemary. 3 blueberry bushes and 1 Elderberry. There are also 3 lemon queen sunflowers that are growing pretty well for the Sunflower Bee Project.

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Way up front I have chamomile, italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bee balm. They wintered pretty well out there, I was surprised.

Now for some flower pictures ~ my lupine is blooming.

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And Columbine.

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Chili Peppers ~ I’ve Met My Match in the Cayenne

Scoville Chili Pepper Heat Chart

Well…after working out in the yard last night I decided to pick some of the Sweet Italian Peppers and roast them ~ freeze them so I can make up some sauces at a later date. (The sprinklers came on, otherwise I never would have left the yard to play with the peppers)

Sweet Italian Peppers ~ Green here…but picked them when they were Red and Yellowish.

I roasted six (6) of them ~ nice big plump peppers. The house still smelled yummy this morning.

Then I cut up a nice bright red one of these ~ Cayenne Peppers.

My plan is to make some salsa this weekend so I just chopped that beautiful red pepper up and stuck it in the freezer with the rest of the peppers. I scraped the seeds so I can dry them and plant them next spring.

I’ve never had a problem with cutting peppers and hurting myself afterwards…Jalapenos, New Mexican, Serranos…never once have I cut them up and burn my nose and mouth. Holy Toledo! The tip of my nose is still warm! It’s a good thing I don’t pick my nose! I’d have cauterized the insides for sure! My lips are still a bit tingly. LOL! Big Sigh.

Needless to say ~ I’ve gone up to one of the labs here at work and asked for some gloves. Because I have more Cayenne peppers and these wee beauties, Miniature Caribbean Red Habaneros ~ which rank on the Scoville Scale near OUCH ~ WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?!

23 July 2008: Garden Update ~ Hemp Necklace ~ Flowers

Was surprised to see so many peppers when I was watering last night. They grew so big in a couple of days! Must be the heat. So…does anyone know when peppers are ripe? Do I have to wait until they turn red? Pick ’em green? I have Sweet Italian, Garden Salsa Mix, Caribbean Habanero, Serranos (those I know I can pick green) and something called a Jimboy.

Here are the Sweet Italians ~

And here are the Garden Salsa Pepper Mix…but to me looks like Serranos ~

Have nice size cucumbers and pumpkins!

Cool sunflower, eh? Looks like a Vincent van Gogh sunflower! This one is towards the back of my yard, so it may survive my stupid neighbors picking it!

Yesterday the power went off in our building so one of the Associate Deans let us loose…went home, collected the husband and hit the thrift stores. Lookie at the necklaces that I found at St. Vincent’s and Salvation Army. They will be taken apart so I can use the beads in other projects. Although my niece may like the purple one with the shell.

Tried my hand at making a necklace with 20-lb hemp cord…my husband knows I really really really want the beads in the necklace I made him a while back. So he asked for me to make him a hemp necklace that I could hang the silver pendant of his from. I started with a regular braid then switched to an Atlernating Half Stitch, then back to a braid. I’m getting the hang of it…took me two hours (was watching Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show while making it). Pictures below show the alternating half stitch part. In this first picture you can see the beaded necklace in the upper left with the silver pendant.

And here is a parting shot of the coneflowers in the front of my house this morning. Toodle-loo!