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May Update

This is my favorite orchid because of the unusual coloring of the flower. It makes me happy.  It started blooming early in May.


Unusual lemon from my cousins tree.

Unusual lemon from my cousins tree that we had fun trying to tell our version of what it looked like, an alien, a flower, an insect… What does it look like to you?


The cucumbers are so slow to grow, but then again it’s been very cool lately, except for a few days when the temperatures were in the high 80s.


Three different types of tomatoes. (2) San Marzano, (1) Amish paste and (1) cherry.


I planted 4 different types of basil, thai, genovese, sweet, and lemon.

Lemon basil smelled so wonderful. I found this out by accidentally brushing the basil with my hand one day. The Thai and lemon basil are the first of the 4 types of basil to go to flower. They both went to flower at the end of may.


I wanted to try my hand in planting an ornamental with an edible. I didn’t really plan anything. I just used whatever seedlings I had on hand. Here I have Detroit red beet surrounding some zinnia. Don’t mind the little pots with baby pepper seedlings. I place them there as a living mulch until the plants get a little bigger to keep the soil moist longer. There was also an onion growing in the back…i decided to keep it there and see what happens.


The oregano that I divided and placed in bigger pots are doing very well.


This pot is a mishmash of sorts. There are some volunteer strawberry plants coming up. I also have cilantro that is going to seed and a couple of lettuce plants.

Celery that I'm experimenting with.

Celery that I’m experimenting with.

Pruned the Bay Laurel tree and dried the leaves, great for soups and stews.

Pruned the Bay Laurel tree and dried the leaves, great for soups and stews.


These eggplants from my cousins garden had to get processed before they got bad. I grilled them so that the skins come off easier. I didn’t poke enough holes on that front eggplant. I literally exploded on the grill.


This is the volunteer cherry tomato and it’s doing great. I’ve been getting lots of tomatoes, but come to find out, Mr. Wonderful like tomatoes, but not the cherry type. So, I need to figure out how to preserve them or use them up. I’m going to try to do sun dried versions in the oven.


Unlabeled pepper plant. It can either be Chili de Arbol or Cayenne Pepper.

Unlabeled pepper plant. It can either be Chili de Arbol or Cayenne Pepper.


My herbs are growing in individual pots in the Lime pot.


I harvested this yummy bunch of veggies. Everything was awesome except that the salad greens were picked a bit late. Man they were bitter.

Harvested Oregano that was dried.

Harvested Oregano that was dried.


Weekly Update

Updates are difficult for me, so I’m making it my goal to at least update once a week, even if it’s a short update. So, first on the list of things is the temperature for the week and the growing cucumbers. The weather looks like it’s going to be a bit cooler this week compared to last week and the cucumbers are growing pretty well. There are so much flowers and tiny little cucumbers. so cute!





baby cucumbers
cucumber flower


The green beans are growing like crazy compared to everything else I’ve ever planted. This is the first time growing runner beans. I figure I would try to have it run on our patio gate. They’re growing in the same pot that I’ve planted the lime trees and some marigold.


green beans in pot


The lettuce is still growing great. I can’t believe they haven’t bolted yet. It’s been really hot the past 2 weeks. I’m not quite sure the varieties, they were from a lettuce green mix.

baby lettuce greens


baby lettuce green


Mustard greens are so interesting. The colors and the taste. I took a bite, and it tastes exactly like mustard!!, but not us strong. I love mustard!


mustard leaf


The tomatoes went into my stew tonight. There was a split on one of them.


tomato harvest from volunteers


The zinnias are growing bright and cute. They’re tiny little flowers, only about an inch and a half wide.

zinnia lilliput


zinnia lilliput


Agua Chili

This fast and easy recipe not only tastes great, it smells and looks delicious too. My mouth just waters when I look at it. Shrimp swimming in lemon and spice is all so nice…for my tummy! A serving, about 3 ounces of shrimp, has 17 grams of protein, 15% iron, and 21% B12 of your daily value! How’s that for this flavorful crustacean!


8 lemons, juiced
4 serrano chili
1 small onion, quartered
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups cilantro

 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (you can use cooked the precooked but it’s a little chewy)
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced

1. In a food processor, blend the first 5 ingredients until smooth, about 20-30 seconds. Add the cilantro and blend another 5 seconds or so. Combine the marinade with the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours.

The flavors get even better the next day!

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