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Tomatoes!

Hi fellow bloggers! I know that from my last blog entitled “I’m Back”, you probably assumed I’d get back to making regular posts. NOT! For some unknown reason I’ve had a case of laziness writers block and truthfully, the backyard has been a pretty uneventful place.

The chickens have been scratching around the yard…there are still two of them- so I’m deeming myself a chicken raising master!

We’ve been getting a little rain and it has been H-O-T so the grass has been growing like crazy!

Guess what else has been growing like crazy… Yep! The garden has been growing by leaps and bounds every week- but it hasn’t been anything really picture worthy because, other than a few cukes and some okra, nothing had really ripened yet…until today!

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I picked these today! And they were delish!!!!!!!

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These 4 are Early Girls. I guess the name is appropriate because they were the first to ripen! By the end of the week there will be even more to pick from some of the other plants!

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I’m Back!

Hi fellow bloggers! After a brief hiatus, I’m back! It feels so great to be back in the backyard and working in my garden!

I was stunned to see the growth that occurred in just 1 week! Yes, I was only gone 1 week…and yes, I know I haven’t blogged in 2 weeks I wish that I could just sit in the backyard all the time and blog continuously about all the awesomeness that occurs here…but unfortunately life gets in the way of that…maybe one day I can find a way to get paid for working in my garden!!! That would rock!

Check out what’s been happening around here lately:

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I am SO proud of my first bounty! It was very therapeutic to pull these things off the vine…I cannot explain the satisfaction it brought me! I am instantly regretting not planting more!

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These are just a couple of shots of the whole garden. Isn’t it amazing what you can do in such a small space?

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I even had this little lady visit the backyard today! Nothing puts me in a good mood like seeing a lady bug! Don’t make fun of me…I’ll take good luck any way I can get it!!!

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And now for a little confession- I’m down to these two chickens. I know- It seems like I have completely sucked at raising these chicks! However, it has just been a series of unfortunate events (the hawk and Cotton- our dog, being those unfortunate events) that have placed me in this position! I feel terrible for these little guys because between watching the sky for the next dive bomb and trying to keep one eye on our sneaky blue healer, they can’t catch a minutes rest!
I have vowed to keep a closer eye on them, and if these two make it to the fall “D” and I are going to build them a better coup with a protected little yard just for them!

I am about to begin canning so I can put up some of my veggies. Anyone know of a good book?

As always, thanks for stopping by the backyard! Come back soon!

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A Look Outside

The garden continues to grow daily by leaps and bounds. Take a look:

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I ate one of the strawberries today and it was delicious! This variety doesn’t seem to get very big but they are still very tasty!

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The cucumbers are coming along too!
There are about 8 to 10 that are this size and there are tons that are tiny. I can’t wait to make pickles using my own cucumbers and dill!
My great-grandmother use to make homemade sweet pickles that had a spicy kick to them…I’m going to try and figure out how she did it and make some with these.

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Remember when I told you I got lettuce seeds from a friend??? Well here is the product! Healthy Romaine.

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The tomatoes are still doing really well! I’ve got 29 tomatoes on the vine as of today. The ones pictured here are cherry reds.

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And the onions! We’ve already cut the greens and used them a couple of times and they are already this big again!

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The okra. Hasn’t changed much in the last couple of days. But it still looks great. It continues to grow. I have a feeling we are going to have more than we know what to do with!

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You haven’t heard me talk about the peppers a lot because I haven’t been too pleased with them. They are just now producing these tiny little peppers and all of my gardening friends already have huge peppers on their plants. When I planted these I think I put them a couple of inches too deep. Hopefully now they have gotten over the hump! I’ll know better next year!

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And last but not least, the baby chickens! Lol! They aren’t exactly babies anymore. And thankfully they are out of that really ugly stage. They actually look like real chickens. I’m sure you noticed in the picture that there are only 4! The hawk got another one. These little guys have managed to survive 2 hawk attacks, 2 down pours, and 2 dogs. Hopefully we are in the clear now and they can live the rest of their days peacefully!

I will be away from the backyard for a little while, but no fear, my mom is coming to tend to everything while we are away! I can’t let all this hard work go to waste 😉
As soon as I am able I’ll be back to show you how it’s all coming along in Britt’s Backyard. See you soon!

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OOOOOKRA!

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I have little baby okra now! 49 of them to be exact! I’m 95% sure they were not there on Saturday and now today they are a little less than an inch big!!! When did this happen??!!

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You probably don’t know this about me, but I love okra 🙂 One of my favorite things to eat is a recipe D’s grandma, Nanny Pud, makes called okra gumbo. Just to clarify it’s not a gumbo! I have tried, unsuccessfully, to recreate this deliciousness several times. The tide is about to turn! When I get my first crop I will make a steaming pot of this classic recipe! When I do I’ll share the recipe with you!

I want to show you something else.

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This is what dill looks like when it is about to go to seed. The beautiful yellow flowers are still very fragrant, but if I cut from this plant, I do it from the bottom where the dill still looks like this

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If you don’t have room for a garden you should consider herbs. They are delicious and healthy, and usually pretty hardy. Next time you are out pick up a pot and any herb you like and give it a shot!

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Signs of Life

Guess what?!?!? I’ve officially got tomatoes on my vines!

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This is the largest one! It is an Early Girl 50 Day tomato. It has not be fifty days but this little guy was ready to come out and say hello!
Also blooming are the Husky Cherry Reds and the Celebrities.

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I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! I literally contemplated staying home from work this morning so I could just sit and marvel at my tomato plants!
Unfortunately, that “mature adult” voice came to me and I remembered I’m not yet a millionaire, so work is a necessary evil

I was kind of in panic mode all day because I was worried one of the billion birds in my backyard would eye my baby tomatoes and eat them, so when I got off I went and purchased a little “protection device” to deal with the birds.

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LOL! I love these things! They really only work at keeping pests (birds and squirrels) away until they realize that it never moves, eats, and is eerily quit, but I still had to have it! Maybe my birds and squirrels are “special” and this little puppy will work for a while!

I also have ten little strawberries on my strawberry plant! Take a look!

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It won’t be long and we’ll be enjoying a delicious bounty of fresh and pure veggies and fruit!!!

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