Harvest Fun

Description

This year I grew cucumbers in my backyard garden. I put in three slicing cucumber plants and three pickling cucumbers. I found that it can be easy to miss seeing the lighter-colored pickling cukes sometimes so a few of them got quite fat! Picking was my solution for the abundant crop (including the fat ones). I found a great recipe for refrigerator pickles that I used last year too. Heat vinegar with salt and sugar, and pour over cuke spears and spices, garlic, and fresh dill.

I have also dried this year's garlic and oregano harvest. The tomatoes are starting to come in now and I have made cooked tomato sauce and even a raw tomato "sauce" that you serve the same day with hot pasta. Eggplant is also coming in soon.

I really like being able to pick, cook, and eat my own vegetables. I know they are fresh and that they have no pesticides. We have lots of praying mantises in the yard this year to take care of any pests.

Photos Show

Home pickles from garden cucumbers grown & canned by the author of this story.

Home pickles from garden cucumbers grown & canned by the author of this story.

Praying mantises take care of common pests in this Silver Spring, Maryland garden.

Praying mantises take care of common pests in this Silver Spring, Maryland garden.

Garlic fresh from the garden.

Garlic fresh from the garden.

Cite this Page

BeckyL, “Harvest Fun,” Community of Gardens, accessed April 26, 2017, http:/​/​communityofgardens.​si.​edu/​items/​show/​12208.​
View a Random Garden