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September Garden and Shiitake Updates

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Fun couple weeks. We got 6lbs or so of ‘volunteer’ Shiitake mushrooms off the logs in the back just from the rains. Luke loved being a helper harvesting the mushrooms.  We got a Nesco dehydrator and now have dry mushrooms ready for meals. We ate a lot of meals with Shiitakes while they were fresh.  Probably not my favorite mushroom but depends on the dish.  Nancy’s best creation was sauteing Shiitake and bacon as a topping for homemade macaroni and cheese, it really went well together.

Got a container of purple pod beans, a nice red pepper.

Bought a pound of  Nootka Rose Garlic, an medium garlic that has won awards for taste, it’s supposed to be in the middle of the taste spectrum of garlic, close to what most think Garlic should take like. Most of the garlic we’ve gotten has been very mild from the store, but WOW we got some from Whole Foods that really stood out. Nancy said every time she used it she had to cut the recipe in half and it still stood out well. We have no way to identify that variety though. Haven’t tried Nootka Rose yet, but we’ll see. My first round of garlic ended poorly, but I planted in the wrong season too, Garlic is usually planed in Sept/October. I knew that going in but it was rumored to work down in the south. I like the idea of  growing garlic because it’s a Fall and Winter Crop – less work, I can let it sit till next June and it should be ready then.

 

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Giant Marconi and Purple Pod Beans

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Jar of Dry Shiitake

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Dehydrator Prep Work

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Fresh Shiitake - Just a single nights harvest

 

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Categories: Garlic, shiitake, Uncategorized

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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Garden Update 3-18

March 18, 2011 4 comments

Things are moving over the past 2 weeks. Tomatoes, Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, all have been flowering. Pole Beans are climbing the trellis.

Problem –  Zucchini plants are HUGE and overshadowing the Bell Peppers. They need a lot more space and they are taking over by force.

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Bed 2 - And Abby

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Bed 1 - Strawberries, Lettuce, Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, Beets.

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Unexpected Weeds -Tomatoes from last year - growing all over Bed 1, and out of this tiny crack.

VDB Fig Cuttings – 2 have leaves almost out and new buds developing – They will be great new fig plants. One looks like it is growing 2 figs on top, probably not good for a new plant, and the big stick on the left is not really doing anything visible. I’m thrilled to get 2 good plants, maybe 3 out of the $12 it cost me for the cuttings.

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VDB Fig Cuttings

Garlic – Some planted and some shoots showing today

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, Garlic is up already in less than a week. It’s only been 6 days I can see several shoots coming up. Amazing.

Our Alabama extension service says we can plant garlic up till February. Hopefully this will turn out.

I peeled it, soaked it in baking soda, and planted it, most on 1/23/2011.

Then… I had a few cloves leftover. They had a rough life. After the baking soda soak, I left it on the counter for 2 days, then I felt bad and soaked it in plain water because I wanted to plant it but was busy with home and work. Then I took it out, dried it overnight, and planted it anyway. Some still looked fine and had roots trying to develop. Some looked a little dry on the bottom. We’ll see. I put them in a container I don’t really plan to care for much. They are on their own.

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