Garden Journal : August 9, 2017

We saw purple blossoms on the eggplants, and we saw there is one small eggplant fruit. We moved dirt away from the fruit. There are some purple peppers and purple blossoms:


Purple pepper


Purple blossoms



We also saw some more white blossoms on
some peppers and some small green fruit.

We know we will have many peppers because there are many blossoms.


There are some tomatoes that are turning red.









There are some more yellow blossoms on the tomato plants. We  tried tasting a cherry tomato to see if the tomatoes are ripe to pick. However, the tomato we tasted was sour, so the tomatoes are not yet ready to pick.Working-in-Garden6

We checked if the tomato vines are growing in the right place, and moved the vines if they were not.

We see the bean plants are taller, and we picked a few green beans.Working-in-Garden4


There are still insects that are eating the leaves of the green bean plants



Cucumber blossoms


We needed to move some cucumber
vines onto the trellis.







Mounding the onion plants

The onion plants were lying down in the dirt, so we mounded the onion plants today.

We also needed to mound the turnip greens.


Calla Lilly plant

Garden Journal : August 2, 2017




Today, in plot 1, we saw some tiny eggplants and some purple peppers on one plant. We hoed around the plants.








White blossoms on the pepper plan

There are many white blossoms on some of the plants
that will become peppers.






In plot 2, there are many big tomatoes. They are large green tomatoes.

We only saw a few cherry tomatoes.

We took out some weeds and
removed the leaves that are touching the ground.




We saw a bug eating  the leaves.
It was a Japanese beetle.
We took it away and killed it.


A leaf decimated by a Japanese Beetle






In plot 3, there were some beans ready to be picked.



In plot 4, There are some tiny cucumbers, and 2 much bigger cucumbers almost ready to pick.There are some onions growing, and also some turnips plants.






There are many yellow blossoms, and they will turn into cucumbers soon.  We saw some bees in the blossoms.

One of the cucumber plants was growing toward the Calla Lilly flower plant in the corner of the garden.

So we moved the vine so it will grow along the fence.


We saw a bee buzzing around in the cucumber blossoms.

Garden Journal: July 19, 2017

We have 4 plots in our garden at Arlington Hills Open Door Learning Center.


Morning Glory plants are blocking the sun to the pepper plants


Today we needed to weed a little bit, and we also had to take out some morning glories that were blocking the sun from our pepper plants



One of the pepper plants had many buds. We also saw there are many blossoms on the eggplants.

We planted tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Today we saw there are some green tomatoes. We took away the leaves from the tomato plants that were growing too close to the ground. We did not need to weed today.

We picked some beans that were ready to harvest. There were some more blossoms and buds on the bean plants, and we also saw insects crawling on the plants.


Cabbage plants in plot 3

We mounded the onions and cabbage plants. There were some cucumber plants that were growing through the fence. We didn’t  want the cucumbers growing on the outside of the fence, so we moved those vines so that they will grow on the inside of the fence.

There are 3 big Calla Lily plants growing that we planted along the inside edge of our garden. We are waiting for the flowers to bloom.




Pork Curry

2 lbs  porkpork-ribs-curry-turmeric-coconut-cream-red-71755514
5 cups water
1 ½ tsp of onions
1 ½ tsp of garlic
½ tsp turmeric
3 tsp  veggie soy sauce
2 tsp  salt
2 tsp ginger

  1.    Put the pork in a large pan
  2.   Add 5 cups  of water
  3.   Add 1 ½ tsp of onions
  4.   Add 1 ½ tsp of garlic
  5.   Add ½ tsp turmeric
  6.  Add 3 tsp  veggie soy sauce, salt and ginger
  7. Cook  for 10 minutes.

Ta  Thi

Pork Coconut Curry

2 lbs porkstock-photo-red-curry-with-pork-and-coconut-milk-panaeng-thai-food-216720835
1 can of coconut milk
2 cup water
2 can Thai curry
2 Tbsp Thai basil
5 Thai eggplants
2 Tbsp lime leaves


Cut 2 lbs of pork into small pieces and put in the pot with 2 cans of Thai curry.
Boil for 10 mins.
Add 1 can of coconut milk and 2 cups water. Boil for 20 mins.
Add 5 Thai eggplants chopped and add Thai basil and lime leaves.

          Vue Her

Spinach Cheese Casserole



12 ounces package medium seashell pasta
2 eggs
10 ounces package frozen chopped spinach
¼ olive oil
½ bread crumbs
11/2(26 ounce) jars tomato basil pasta sauce
1( 8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
1( 8 ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese


1   Boil the water on the burner about 15 mn or until the water it hot.

2   Put the pasta in after the water boils and cook about 10 mn, look and mix pasta

3   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F     

3   In a large bowl combine the pasta, spinach frozen, eggs, olive oil, and bread crumbs

4   in the casserole put ¼  jars tomato basil pasta sauce and layer in it

5   In the casserole put ¼ pasta and layer it

6   In the casserole put ¼ shredded cheddar cheese and ¼ mozzarella cheese and layer them

7   in the same casserole put the rest of pasta and layer

9   in the same casserole put the rest of jars tomato basil pasta sauce and layer in it

10 in the same casserole put the rest of  shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese and layer them

11  bake in the oven for 45 mn or 50 mn