Though this thing was a gonner after it froze solid over the Winter. We were shocked to see it coming back this Spring, and now the first bloom of the year!

Most of the pepper plants have started to set fruit, but is particular variety is cranking them out.

This is the second time I've thinned them trying to encourage more growth.

Getting ready for summer in the veggie garden today. Had to document the wall of cilantro/coriander before I cut most of it down.

A warm but overcast day today provided a good opportunity to move the pepper starts out to the cold frame to begin hardening off.

A warm winter (so far) has lead to some odd harvest companions in the garden. Cabbages are wrapping up, while the pepper plants are still going strong.

In this year's installment of 'Crazy Vine We Let Take Over a Fence', Bird House Gourds!

The ground cherries are really going off this year! Love these little things. Super productive and a sweet almost tropical strawberry kinda flavor.

Potatoes in bags, first harvest.

A couple of our plants saw a lot of insect pressure and started dying back a little early. So we decided to harvest them and see what was going on in there. We got potatoes!

I'm very excited to see the harvest from the plants that fared better with the insects.

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Trialing an analog tech upgrade to the coldframe. This spring loaded arm has a hydraulic piston that expands and contracts with temperature, opening the cold frame lid when things get too hot. A common bit of kit in greenhouses, but looks like it may work out here.

One of this year's garden experiments will be trying potatoes in bags. I'm using some insulated reflective bags (and one dog food bag) saved from imperfect produce deliveries earlier in the year. I don't expect they'll hold up too well out in the sun, but figured it was worth a shot just to test the method.

Pulled the final Orange Thai pepper harvest this weekend. Decided to experiment with smoking a drying for powder. A few hours on Mesquite then finishing them off in a dehydrator. They turned out great! Nice smokey flavor, but still has some punchy heat.

Processed some loofa today! This is about half of what's left on the vine.

August is brutal here, but I'd like to be able to get fall garden starts going outside without cooking the seedlings. So I'm experimenting with a new lid and shade cloth on the cold frame. Initial tests are looking promising.

Having to scale things up with the cucumbers! Fermenting this time; +3% brine, shooting for half sours.

Consistent harvests of Summer vegetables coming out of the garden now. A whole mess of hot peppers are not too far behind.

So far pickle consumption has kept pace with cucumber production. Looks like that will soon change, hope the neighbors like cucumbers.

Just wrapped up installing a drip irrigation system in the garden. I've put that off for years thinking it was really complicated. Not sure how I got that in my head, but now having done it I realize there's not much to it.

Today is the day the pepper, tomato, and cucumber starts go in the ground. It also looks like the fig tree we planted earlier in the Winter made it through!

It's a happy feeling to get a harvest this time of year, even if it's tiny. Definitely a crop I'll be growing in future Winters. The cool weather keeps them very mild.

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