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Plum Juice

Last year when the plums decide to over produce, I gave up and made gallons of plum jam. This year I took a different road.


Plum juice. Destined for ??? I don’t really know yet. I’m thinking maybe some jelly. Possibly some wine? How difficult is it to make plum wine? Anyone have any experience with this? What else could I make with my plum juice?

I have a lot of plums still to deal with on the trees. So, do I make some jam or butter or give up and juice the little things?


The Watermelon


It has captured my attention. Check out how big this thing is. Growing by leaps and bounds, it’s larger now than when I took this photo. At least the size of my fist. It keeps growing bigger every day. If I remember correctly the plant is an 18-24 inch spread that produces 6-8 pounds melons. I’m just a bit giddy with the idea of such a lovely potted plant that produces fruit.

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Tiny hot peppers. I think these are the jalapenos. I’m not sure though.


Lovely first cucumber. There are more on the way. So many lovely flowers.


Eggplants. They are the tiny variety. I made sure to buy them because I like them so much better than the giant Italian variety.


Tomatoes. I haven’t had many yet, only a handful of the little golden nugget kind.


These are the tigerella tomatoes. I love the green stripes on these fruits.


Zucchini. I might have a few zucchini. Ahem.


Green beans. Or in this case, purple beans. I really love this variety. They are fast, productive, tender, and easy to spot.


Also, the lovely sugarpot watermelon has decided to produce a tiny watermelon for me.

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Artichoke Flowers

So, artichokes are really thistles. Just big ones. And tasty ones. I had never seen an artichoke plant in person until I started working for Teresa. Turns out, those plants are huge! And really kind of pretty. I can definitely see them in my future as a gardener, right along with gooseberries. I love the gooseberry plants.

Anyway. Teresa was busy and finally let the artichoke flower. Have you ever seen an artichoke flower? It’s kind of amazing.


That is my hand for comparison. Giant flowers!

Zucchini Recipes

Well. With all of that zucchini coming in, I had to start thinking of zucchini recipes.

The first one is Zucchini, Bacon, and Onion.


2 small zucchini or 1 medium, sliced thin
2 slices bacon, diced
1/2 small onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Start by sauteeing the bacon in a frying pan until the bacon begins to crisp. Add the zucchini, onions, salt, and pepper. Cover the pan, leaving a small vent space. Cook until the zucchini begins to crisp and brown.

The second recipe is zucchini linguine.


2 thinly sliced young zucchini
1/2 onion finely diced
3 cloves garlic minced
3 tbsp. butter
3 slices bacon, diced
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Saute bacon with 1 tbsp butter until partially crisp. Add the onion, garlic, and zucchini. Cook until the zucchini starts to brown. Add the butter and lemon juice. Boil your favorite pasta, like linguine. Add sauce to pasta. Top with cheese.