Sunday, September 12, 2010

Findings from our backyard...

So I was disappointed that we didn't get to plant a garden this year, you know with pregnancy, back aches, new house stuff etc. Our neighbor is getting ready to move away, and before she does she has been showing me what to do with gardening and what she knows from the previous owners plus she gave me a ton of books on gardening and trees, etc. We made 3 awesome finds: concord grapes, tomatillos, and an apple tree.

I am so excited. I have been researching how to care for them, when to harvest the fruit and recipes. So far we found one apple, the tree needs to be pruned and weeded around. The grape vines are producing a lot of grapes- I'm going to try making grape sorbet(Martha Stewart's recipe) and possibly some jam. The tomatillos are exciting because I love salsas, and will try to make one similar to the green sauce you get at Chipotle.
our grapes and tomatillos..and Evan picking them:)our cute tiny apple

I will let you know how it turns out. I am excited to try keep up on the raspberries we transplanted. I want to add onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, carrots, aloe vera, pumpkins, rhubarb, and maybe a few other surprises. If you know how to garden in Colorado I would love to learn-otherwise I will be at the library researching:)

5 comments:

Cardon Times said...

My mother-in-law makes some awesome grape juice from her grapes...Just an idea! And you can always make a grape pie! Aaron and I tried once and read the instructions wrong so it didn't really turn out as it should of but we think it would have been good. We have just never tried again. Happy pickings! And hopefully a garden next year. I hope to have a little one next year but we will see what it consists of...

Melissa said...

The couple of times we planted cilantro, it went to seed before we even had one ripe tomato to use it in salsa. Now, we just buy it from the store and plant basil instead (great for pesto sauce). If you plant cilantro, maybe dehydrate it before it goes to seed? Good luck! Yummy grapes by the way.

Jeff & Michelle said...

Gardening is so much fun! We loved having our square foot gardens in Texas. Have your heard of square foot gardening? It worked really well for us. We had tomatillos too, only they got out of control and we had more than we knew what to do with! I can't wait to see and hear about what you make and grow! :)

Seth Jenson said...

It's fast Sunday and you're making me hungry. :)

Seth Jenson said...

:)