Just thought I'd add some recent pictures of my deck garden... only I forgot to get any pictures of my herbs and the garden as a whole. Doh! But below are some of my peppers and tomatoes; they are doing quite well in their pots.
Here are the bell peppers... they are beautiful! I'm leaving most on the vine until they start to turn red - unless I can't resist them.
And here are some of the banana peppers; I have only one bush and it is prolific! I've been eating one pepper a day along with whatever I take to work for lunch. They are very mild and crisp and "refreshing". I love 'em!
And, below are a few of the tomatoes. The larger ones are "Brandywine" tomatoes and are soooo good. The smaller, grape tomatoes are called "TammyG" and I'm in love with these little guys. I've been grabbing a handful of them before going to work each morning and adding them to my lunch. I reallly want to grow some heirloom tomatoes, but that will have to wait awile yet...
I wish I'd gotten some pictures of the herbs; don't know why I didn't think of it. I've been using them a lot in cooking and I must say that it feels like a luxury to just walk out on the deck and cut what I need. Last night I used some oregano and the night before that I needed some basil. The only two herbs I wish I had for cooking that I don't are dill and chives. Next year!
And speaking of cooking, I made a vegan potato gratin that Mike has fallen in love with! It has no dairy, but he looooves it. I am ecstatic! All the vegan experiments haven't been hits with him - though I have loved most of them - but this one was. I will post the recipe tomorrow or the next day for those who can't or don't eat dairy, but in the meantime, here is a picture of how it looked right out of the oven:
I continue to have too much fun in the kitchen and am looking forward to winter when I start making our own bread. It's just too hot here in the summer to bake - though we've had an unusually cool summer for us this year.