Monday, August 15, 2011

The Results of Trading

Today, on my way home, some giant storm clouds were following me.  Don't these look ominous?  It's been raining a lot these last two days, and the garden has been loving it.  And thank goodness, because with the rain we are finally getting some really good veggies forming.  It's been a slow moving growing season, so I am eager to harvest some goodies.

I have really enjoyed trading seeds and plants this year with fellow garden bloggers.  It's such a great way to try out a new variety in the garden without committing to buying a whole seed packet or new plants.  I received some white cucumber seeds from Chronicles of a Frugal Gardener.  These are definitely interesting looking.  They taste the same as regular cukes.  The coloring is definitely cool.  I definitely want to grow these again next year. 
I also got some Sweet Lilac pepper seeds from  Bucolic Bushwick.  Here's the first pepper on the plant.  I am loving this color.  I don't see any other fruits forming.  I hope more peppers grow soon.
Bucolic Bushwick and I also did a plant swap earlier in the growing season.  I'm so loving that the Fairy Tale Eggplants are setting out fruits now. The eggplants are so pretty.  I love the white marbling on the purple skin!  I can't wait to try these!
Here is today's harvest!  It's the largest one we've had to date.  10 cucumbers!  Ten!  Do you see how blaring white the white cuke is at the bottom?  Hehe. I did a happy dance because now I can make a batch of pickles.  Awesome!!  I also harvested some radishes, yardlong beans, snap peas, and my first real sized Scarlet Nantes carrot. The carrot took quite a long time to size up, and in fact, it could have been in the ground a little longer.  It had a nice sweet taste, I definitely want to grow these again.
And here are the sweet dill pickles that I made tonight.  I made these as refrigerator pickles, and should wait 10 days before eating them.  I don't know if I can wait that long.


  1. I love the white cukes! Never seen those before. Are you saving those seeds this year?

  2. Your white cukes look great. I grew some of those this year too and really liked them. Nice variety in your daily harvest.

  3. I wouldn't wait 10 days! Everything looks great!

  4. What a great harvest!!! It looks like all that hard work is starting to pay off...congrats!

  5. Great harvest.

    The pickles look beautiful.

  6. Woo hoo! What a great haul! Congratulations! Those cucumbers look amazing, and so do the pickles you made with them. Try not to crack them open too soon!

    Love that lilac pepper and those fairy tale eggplants as well. The yardlong beans are wild!! I've never seen them before!

    I'll be saving some seeds this year for sure - count me in for a seed / plant swap for next year!

  7. What a great harvest!! Your pepper is beautiful, I will try and find the variety next year. :)

  8. You have a beautiful harvest and such a fantastic way to come by the plants. Mmm your harvest is making me hungry, I bet they are all yummy.

  9. Isn't it wonderful that gardeners are so generous and share their seeds! Your pickles look delicious. I don't know if I would be able to wait to try them out either!

  10. What great trades, and a beautiful harvest!
    The clouds, they're beautiful in an incredibly ominous sort of way.
    Look at the waiting time for the pickles from a dog's perspective; what's ten days in dog-years, like 2-3 days in human-time? See, you've waited plenty long enough already!

  11. I had never made refrigerator pickles before, but I've made 3 batches so far (so many cukes!)this summer. I started eating them the next day - no standing on ceremony around here! *crunch* Hope you enjoy yours! :-D


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