Vegetables Oh So Fresh!

First photo below is my little harvest yesterday, they are Asian spinach, a few okras, lemongrass leaves and bell peppers. I have had little Asian spinach harvests from the past but didn’t take a picture of them. I am glad I decided to have this kind of vegetable this year for it can be cooked anything you like. It tastes good, smells good and most of all very healthy. On weekends, I harvest some so my husband can eat fresh spinach from our garden, I make him and the kids egg and spinach omelette.

You can use spinach for mung bean soup, native vegetable stew, fish soup, stir-fry with pork or chicken meat.

The second photo below is a cut yellow squash. This was the last harvest I had, there were three with almost 20 pounds each, so imagine how much squash I’ve had this year. The whole big squash though was given to a friend for help because I honestly can’t eat it all.

I have all vegetables or ingredients for native vegetable stew or what we call “utan bisaya” and I am blessed to have them readily available whenever I feel like eating utan. They are right there, in our backyard hehe. Utan bisaya is something to die for, I wouldn’t mind eating it often, not only it is delicious but also very beneficial to my and kids’ health.

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Little Farmer with Her Little Carrots Harvest

Harvested last July 18 are a few carrots, modeled by no other than my Little Princess M. These were small and not too tall either but I tell you, they smelled sooo good and very crunchy. Carrots is one of the healthy plants I have in my garden. Not a single flaw in them, just so perfect. Well, except maybe the size aren’t the same as seen or sold at the grocery stores.

There are still a few of them left in the garden and I honestly don’t know when to harvest them. I keep peeking in them though. The last time I saw most of the ones left are still pretty tiny and need a lot of number of days to grow!

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Yellow Squash Weighs Almost 17 Pounds

I decided to harvest one of the first squashes I have in the garden to make native vegetable soup (utan bisaya). It is so big that it puts it weighs so much on the metal trellis out there. Imagine for just one squash weighing a whooping almost 17 pounds and there are three of them trying to hang on to the branch and on to the trellis?

I can’t believe how big and heavy they can grow, when I picked it this afternoon, I was like carrying a really heavy rock, only smoother, haha. Anyway, I am now enjoying my first harvest of my squash, it is made into soup along with other vegetables like long yard or string beans, okra and Asian spinach.

I am eating green and healthy because of my garden. It saves my dinner tonight and I like it. Native vegetable soup, nothing can beat that. It is the kind of food I grew up eating because we were poor and still are. I couldn’t cook even half of the squash because my pot was about to be full, but anyway, some of it have been put in the freezer and are safe for winter supply. I still have a big half of it intact/uncut left. I may have to eat my veggie soup faster so I can cook the rest of it before it gets rotten.

I plan of making some “ginataa’ng kalabasa” or squash with coconut milk maybe next week.

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First Bell Pepper Harvest and Growing Squash

We started our garden last April 10, a month after that we harvested some of what we planted out there. From then on, we are enjoying the fresh produce everyday even if they are only small harvests.

This morning, I went out there and thought my bell peppers were ready so I picked them. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction seeing these very pretty and green bell peppers that turn out to be successful. Just look at them in the first photo below, they are just so green and healthy. I expect to harvest more in the next couple of days as there are some new growing peppers, others just started flowering.

Second photo is of my squash. I call it, “hanging squash”. I must admit, growing squash is a bit of a mess since we don’t let them crawl/grow on the ground. We choose to put a trellis on three barrels just so they could grow above my other plants. The reason is that, my husband religiously mows his backyard to maintain the grass around the garden and we couldn’t just let the squash laying on the ground.

Anyway, I can only hope that once the squash go big won’t fall off its stem, you know it will get heavy as it grows and I am afraid that’s gonna happen. I see two growing so far…

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It Would be Nice…

…. if one or both of our children will learn how to play one or two musican instruments. I will be very proud of them if that’s the case. For now, all they have are piano toys, harmonica and flute. It won’t be too bad when we will finally be able to buy them an analog synth to play with. I am hopeful they will turn their interest into music as a hobby. I believe, music is something that can be learned, you don’t need to naturally born having it.

Veggies in our Garden that We are Enjoying

This is what I like about gardening, we get to enjoy fresh harvest of vegetables everyday. The fact that they are free of pesticides makes them so healthy to eat and worry-free. Photos below are just a few we have been eating well except for the water spinach, first on the left, first column. I bought a bundle of it at the Asian market and planted the stalks but I know, not long from now I will be eating this healthy green leafy vegetable. We reap what we sow , indeed and yes, it is delish!

Second photo is my string beans or long yard beans, I harvested bountiful of it already and they are still producing. Third photo is a carrot, I have tried two, they are still babies so I just wait for a couple more days. Fourth is the beautiful green bell pepper, they should be ready next week. Fifth, alugbati as we call it, also a  spinach family which has been growing so fast lately. Tomorrow I am going to harvest a lot of it and make my family a delicious spinach omelette for breakfast.

Few of my friends are asking me for some seeds. Now I have to dry a lot of each variety in order to fulfill their wishes. I don’t mind sending them some though, they are my friends and when they have something good, it is rest assured that they will send me some too.

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Long Yard Beans Harvest

Look how much beans I harvested for just four consecutive days? It is a big bundle of beans equivalent to two bundles that I can buy from the Asian Market. This probably costs us $5, I believe. But there is something from the market I cannot buy, the freshness that my own garden offers me. Whenever I feel like eating beans or other veggies, I just go out there and pick some. Aside from that, what we are eating is pure organic homegrown ones. We still soak the harvest in the water not because we’re worried of the harmful chemicals in them but just purely to get rid of the bird droppings or other small insects in them.

Everyday, I make sure I don’t miss a thing. It is my daily routine now to check on my garden and see what needs to be harvested. Just seeing how well my garden has become brings so much pride in me. I probably am not the best gardener out there but surely I have a green thumb that can make every plant I touch grow and give me back blooms/produce.

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Rainy Second Day of Summer

When you live in Texas, you know how it feels like when it’s summer. Scorching and blazing hot, shall I say knowing that I came from a tropical country, the Philippines. For me, summer in Texas is so uncomfortably hot especially in August. Not my kind of season, actually!

When it’s summer and you get rained on, you can’t help but be joyous. Yes, we got some ample amount of rain yesterday and this morning! How nice is that? Our grass, flowers and vegetables are in need of rain and we got it, thank You, Lord!

Rain is such a blessing here for us for it eases the temperature a bit. Not only that, for some reason peace when it’s raining outside. There is something that is so soothing to me about rain that is why I am the happiest person in Texas when we get a heavy downpour like what we have had in the past two days.

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First Harvest from Our Garden

Burpee radish was our first harvest since we started our garden last April 10. 45 days later, we harvested the labor of our hands. I should have harvested them ten days earlier according to the packaging but guess, I did not see it right away.

There is really a big difference in taste when vegetables are used or eaten fresh from the garden compared to those that are stocked for a couple days in the grocery store. The fact that homegrown veggies are free from insecticides and other harmful chemicals makes them even more tasty and safe to eat.

I was able to do 4 batches of harvesting of this radish before they are all gone. I was able to also give some to my friend and they couldn’t be more thankful having to taste fresh radish from my garden. That alone give me a consolation that nothing beats fresh homegrown veggies.

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photo above is when I picked them from our barrel garden, below shows how pretty they are after being washed and cleaned….
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