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Tomatoes are here, Carrots just OK, Beets – what beets?, Garlic previews.

May 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Strawberries are coming back in, they all put out flowers and we’re starting to get new strawberries, and a lot more on the way like earlier this year.  Luke is very excited.

Sweet Chires Corn is putting out corn stalks.

Pulled up some carrots. They are looking good and we have some success. Yellow carrots don’t taste great, I’m not sure I would grow them again. maybe they are just still maturing. The parisienne carrots on the right.  We had a better, fatter specimen but Luke ate it before we took a picture.  It had a very strong carrotty flavor (if that makes any sense.)  Nancy hopes we’ll get enough of a crop as some point to roast some and bring out the flavor.

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Yellow Carrots on the left, Parisienne on the right, just ignore the baking sheet and spatula with cookie crumbs and chocolate smears on it 😉

Pulled up beets, they were all way too small shown below… not sure why, but it got crowded in their area. Complete failure, not a single edible one. Will try again in a couple months.

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Pulled up garlic, some of it fell over and died. The bulbs were still pretty small. Some on the left were just not doing well at all. There’s a lot left that is looking good, these were just the outliers, hopefully the remaining ones are bigger.

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Tomatoes are coming in, we get 2-3 full size chocolate stripes per week, sungolds.

I hear from Nancy and Luke they are good. I have a garden secret to confess: I don’t really like raw tomatoes, especially since Nancy likes them covered in cottage cheese.  I grow tomatoes for other people.  An after dinner visit to the garden usually turns into Luke eating his daily value in cherry tomatoes so it’s worth it.

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Potato Harvest

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

We harvested our potatoes today!  The plants started to fall over and die, and I think I read that’s time to pull them. We only planted probably 5-6 potatoes to begin with and got 3 pounds of each variety. The yields were the same per variety it seems, each foot produced the same amount of crop on average.  One pound per square foot.

Potatoes were a fantastic crop. No pests or diseases, super easy, I just put 9 in the ground (documented here) and they grew with no problems.  In comparison to the other items in our garden, it was nice to harvest something a bit earlier.  This is a great beginner friendly crop, and the kids will love digging up the potatoes. Luke loved digging as you can see in the pictures!

Left are French fingerlings (awesome roasted with olive oil and garlic) and right are Red LaSodas (red creamer style).  We prefer the French fingerlings but also planted the Red LaSodas as an experiment.  For the French Fingerlings we just bought a bag of organic ones from Everman’s and let them sprout and then planted them.  The Red LaSodas were actual ‘seed potatoes’ from Elberta Co-op.  I think Nancy is going to try them mashed, they didn’t taste as good as the French Fingerlings when roasted.  She said they are definitely firmer than anything we’ve gotten at the grocery store.

Can’t wait to cook them up and try them out!

We also pulled up a garlic to see if they were getting close to harvest.  As you can see in the picture, we still have a ways to go…

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Garden Update 5-1-2011

May 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Wow it’s been 3 weeks, I try to update every 2 weeks. I’ve had a lot of things keeping me busy. I have a new project I will post about soon.

I got busy at work and we had a caterpillar eat up the cabbage, maybe it could have been saved but we needed space for other plants, we pulled it up and didn’t get to eat any of it.

I think last time I said we lost all the figs. I’m learning about the LSU Gold, it has 2 crops – a Brebas(early, on last year’s growth) crop, and later a main crop (the bigger and better tasting crop). We lost all the early figs. But now we have main crop LSU Gold and Chicago Hardy Figs on the trees. There’s quite a few. We gave a way one VdB fig to a friend. We now have 3 of the Violette De Bordeaux Figs, 1 Chicago Hardy and 1 LSU Gold.

Fruit Trees – Peaches – about 20 fruits , Satsuma probably a dozen, Persimmon only a few – most dropped.

Our Braeburn apple tree did not get a single flower that turned into a apple. It bloomed and looked pretty for a few weeks. Not sure if pollination or just first year tree issues. My wife loves it so it will stay regardless of fruit status.

Got busy and didn’t pay enough attention to some powdery mildew growth (didn’t know what it was) but after a quick search now I know we have Powdery mildew infections on all the squash plants, and they are not happy about it, they are pretty weakened by it. Searches about fixes involve a 50/50 milk/water spray, or a 1 tablespoon Baking Soda to 1 liter water spray to try to control it. Conventional would just be  chemical anti fungicide spray, but we’ll try to get around it organically. I’ve applied the baking soda today and will see.

Harvests-

We were getting 2-3 cups of strawberries every day other day for a good 3 weeks in April! End of April it’s over.

We get a “handful” of dragon tongue beans -these taste great and they don’t make it inside, because Luke eats them ALL right off the plants. They are really a great fresh tasting bean.

A few purple pod beans, every day or two more on the way.

Picked a few sun gold tomato tomatoes 4-28 and many more ripening.