I've been going gangbusters with the quick homemade pasta sauces using bottled or juice-box-packed pressed tomatoes. I made two just this week: one with onion and lots of parsley (because that herb is still really healthy and bushy out in the garden) that I added sautéed eggplant to and one with basil and a little too much garlic (I didn't think too much garlic was possible, but it was) that I added turkey meatballs to.
The meatballs were loaded with marjoram from the garden. That's still my favorite herb, of this and probably every other summer. If marjoram were a guy, he would look like Paul Rudd and I would make sweet sweet love to him at dinnertime every day. Or something like that.
On the night we had the pasta with turkey meatballs, I also ever so lightly sautéed some slices of cucumber and threw in some dill from our fading plants:
I realized I hadn't yet made cucumbers that way this year and so wanted to do it before it was too late. I've been in that mindset lately: A lot of the fresh produce is going away soon, so let me make the most of it while I still can.
Yesterday evening, I noticed we had two ripe fish peppers. Woot!
It hadn't seemed that long ago that I'd looked at those plants and the peppers had shown no trace of color. I thought we might not get any ripe ones before it got too cold for them, so I was superexcited to see those two little red guys.
We won't be harvesting any jelly melons again this year. We got a blossom or two, but no melons formed. And I did what I'd vowed to do and got the plants started early. *sigh*
So I'm swearing off trying to grow JMs up here on our terrace, and I'm also giving up on tomatoes. We get such a small harvest of (mostly cherry) tomatoes that it's not worth the effort and expense.
And speaking of swearing off things, I vow never to use my immersion blender to make mashed potatoes again. I attempted that again on Sunday. I guess I figured it was a new kind of yellow fleshed potato, I would reserve some cooking water to add back in if necessary, I'd also add some olive oil and ... it just might work this time. Nope. The taters were gluey. So never again. And I mean never. *hands the immersion blender to Tony, who breaks it over his thigh*1
Finishing the list of gardening disappointments, so I get those out of the way and can then cover the highlights, we got only one stinkin' calendula bloom this year, the one I showed in this post.
And the lavender plant shot up only five new flower sprigs after I cut it back in mid-July; the guy who sold me the plant at the Greenmarket said it would produce an even bigger second crop of flowers if I did that. And it so didn't. The plant looks very healthy, so I'm going to try to overwinter it in the greenhouse.
But we had a ridiculous number of marigolds this year, including the bajillions of gem marigolds I said we'd have in that same post. Here they are now:
And our cosmos did wonderfully as always and are hanging on nicely in the early fall, even though the leaves at the bottom of the plants are brown and easily stripped off with your hand:
Our sunflowers did well too:
We had a double-stemmed one with nice pale-yellow flowers grow up from a crack in one of our planters:
The shot of the stems is from today; all of the flower shots are from last month. They've gone downhill a lot since then.
In early August, I planted what I'd hoped would be the delightful combination of argyranthemum and sweet potato vines (from the Greenmarket) to complement zinnias that were growing toward the back of one of our containers (from seed):
The argyranthemums were gorgeous, but the zinnias didn't put out as many blooms as I'd hoped—and the colors of the ones that came out weren't as complementary to the mums and SPV as I'd hoped—so the view above is about as good as it got.
On Saturday, I bought two more big pots of millet because we'd enjoyed them so much last year. Here's Grady posing with them:
1Not really, of course. I'll still use it for soups and sauces and such.