…the prodigal returns

Back where we came from, reluctant returnees.

Summer gardening


We picked our first 2 crookneck squash today! We’ve never grown these before, but as we so enjoyed the butternut squash we grew last year, that this year we decided to vastly expand our squash planting.

Maybe too vastly, in fact! Much of our bottom garden is devoted to these sprawling beasts – acorn, butternut, crookneck, patty pan and hubbard squash. And don’t even talk to me about courgettes! Luckily, our townie friends are also very much into squash, otherwise we would soon be buried under the things.

In the meantime, the plants in our greenhouse grow apace. There, we grow a variety of hot peppers (Thai, jalapeno, poblano, inferno, habanero) plus tender herbs such as sweet basil and the Thai herbs (lemongrass, Thai basil). We are also growing the Spanish piquillo peppers this year – they are great grilled, then filled with a cod/white sauce mixture.

We are still waiting for our first ripe tomato – it looks to be ready by Sunday or Monday. I can’t wait – we love them sliced, then served on our breakfast toast with a bit of chopped fresh garlic and olive oil. Food of the gods!

Working in the greenhouse (photo by Imagenary)

Working in the greenhouse (photo by Imagenary)

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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