|Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 9:55am PST |
|I have made the first taste of the cherry liquor and cherry brandy that I put up on June 1st - the brandy is delicious already, the liquor needs something, next year perhaps I'll put a little lemon peel with or some star anise.
Trader Joe's had lovely kumquats on sale, so I am trying kumquat liquor using the same recipe as the cherry liquor. It's already sublime and still gets another month soaking on the fruit. I'm thinking how it will taste in a margarita, or with a splash of club soda...
Peaches are ready, or at least one was. While watering today I saw one that was ripe looking and when I checked on it, it came off in my hand. I pulled about 2/3 of the tiny fruits off the tree after it set and I have been rewarded with peaches just short of softball size. I'll cut into this peach tomorrow because they always benefit from 24 hours on the kitchen counter.
Our sweet 100 and baby grape tomatoes are just starting to show color, so I should be up to my elbows in salad tomatoes in about a week or so. I also planted Roma, Beefsteak, an orange striped one, Better Boy, Lemon Boy, and Tomotilla. The plants are covered with fruit, but no color yet. I read that tomatoes like calcium, so I've been giving them cactus fertilizer every two weeks. These are the best looking plants I've had in a while. I'm trying a new trelising system this year and I'm already loving the results and the ease of bug picking and harvesting.
The eggplant are already overproducing there is fruit on the white, Japanese and globe. The peppers are covered with fruit, jalapeno, anaheim, pasillo all doing well, the giant jalapeno is bushy and beautiful but hasn't set fruit yet.
Everything in the squash family is green and happy, but not particularly overachieving. I know squash are heavy feeders and this bed may be nutrient deprived by this point. Note to self add compost and micro nutrients when you button up the veggie garden in the late fall.