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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 01:11 PM
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well I believe at one point I said that I'd get around to posting a few pics of the garden.
My home is an appartment for the time being and as luck would have it, the owner offered us a few plots in the back that is shared with other tenants. I give you the grand tour.

These were taken yesterday smile.gif

Me home with the potted marigolds(they cheer me up!)
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Hard to get the complete backyard in one shot because it is long....
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The Eastern steps...grapes growing along the fence
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Western view
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Another perspective...
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There are three apple trees, this one is the latest addition....
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String beans are still yielding an abundant crop!
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as are...
various squashes:
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more to follow....
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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 01:21 PM
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Beets! all root vegetables are still growing strong....
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The salad bar smile.gif
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onions, carrots, more salad
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strawberries
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there are herbs abundant as well,I am frequently seen robbing the rosemary bush hehe and amazingly it is still warm enough for Basil
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more to follow... tongue.gif


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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 01:41 PM
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This is heavenly, Eventide! You are so lucky to have the space offered for your use! The apples look like they are going to be fabulous, and I can just smell that basil from here. Some of those tender beet greens would be good too, steamed, or in a salad wth feta cheese (like young spinach).

Are you able to do anything with the grapes? jelly maybe?
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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 01:59 PM
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The last sunflower of the season...
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as for annuals we have late bloomers like enlish daisies growing alongside the ettuce
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a rose here and there
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Lavender(my alltime favorite) and Hydrangea
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Dahlia
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these are but a few...and here's one I'd be happy to know what it is..I've never seen this one before:
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Potted marigolds (a balcony view)
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I love there natural insect repelling properties and the colour is so rich
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well that's it. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 02:07 PM
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QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 22-Aug-2005, 10:41 AM)
This is heavenly, Eventide!  You are so lucky to have the space offered for your use!  The apples look like they are going to be fabulous, and I can just smell that basil from here.  Some of those tender beet greens would be good too, steamed, or in a salad wth feta cheese (like young spinach).

Are you able to do anything with the grapes?  jelly maybe?

I haven't tried...This is the first time as an adult that I'm living in a zone 8, someday I'd like to make wine, when I have more time, and a garage. smile.gif
It's fun to share the crops tho. Often I save myself a trip to the grocer's when I need a tomato. The workload is not too demanding either...aphids can be a problem. But it's so temperate here. I'm so used to harsh climes that I'm still learning a lot about the vegetation. Would you have a jelly recipe to share? The owner circulates a monthly paper for the tenants, maybe someone would like to try it. Glad you enjoyed the tour. smile.gif

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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 02:43 PM
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I love lavendar too. And the marigolds are enough to cheer anyone up (except the rabbits, who can't stand the smell. . .)

This jelly recipe says it's foolproof. Needs no pectin -- there's a lot in grape skins.


Grapes
Sugar
(two cups of grape juice after cooking to three cups of sugar)

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Directions
Wash ripe but not over ripe grapes (a few green ones add to success.) and drain.
Put into a large kettle and cook over medium heat until grapes are soft.
Put into jelly bag and drain. (add no water)
Now use 2 cups juice at a time - not more.
Bring two cups juice to a boil (full rolling boil)
Reduce heat and add three cups sugar. Mixture must not boil after sugar is added.
Stir constantly til sugar is dissolved. Very important for jelly will crystalize if sugar isn't dissolved.
Pour into glasses immediately and cover with paraffin
This same receipe makes delicious jam using the grape pulp.


This site is good about jelly making in general.

http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC3180.htm

I haven't made grape jelly myself, but I have always made applesauce since I was a kid. The big deal is for the jars or glasses to be really sterile, by heat (I also use chlorine bleach solution, but rinse really well.) We (the aunts who canned everything) used to use plain cheap glasses with no covers for jelly and just pour the wax on top (paraffin at the hardware store). It's kind of old-fashioned and cool. smile.gif This article says not to. sad.gif might get mold.
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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 03:01 PM
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Much obliged! smile.gif
It sounds very cool--I don't know anyone around here who does.
I've had the pleasure of eating my "aunties" preserves but i'm not secure enough to try my hand at canning and preserving. Who knows? maybe someday...I've always wanted to try skillet jams. The kind that I can eat right away.wink.gif

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Posted: 22-Aug-2005, 03:57 PM
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My goodness those pictures brought jealousy up in me. I wish I had gardens like that to enjoy and walk through here. Not too many apartments in the states have them that I've been aware of. That's really quite lovely. Thanks for sharing with us!


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Posted: 23-Aug-2005, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE (CelticCoalition @ 22-Aug-2005, 12:57 PM)
My goodness those pictures brought jealousy up in me. I wish I had gardens like that to enjoy and walk through here. Not too many apartments in the states have them that I've been aware of. That's really quite lovely. Thanks for sharing with us!

No need for jealousy CC! It wasn't always so. 8 months ago I was living in a zone 2. There were no gardens to speak of, this is all new to me. Everyday is a blessing and I remain humbled. I did not know that about the States, yet surely there must be some nice places to visit!
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Posted: 23-Aug-2005, 11:13 AM
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Oh, I'm sure there are nice places to visit...apartments just aren't like that that I know of. Of course, that's only where I've looked. I'm sure there are one or two with garden backyards somewhere.
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