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End of year wrap up

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

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Yeah it’s been a while, but without a true fall garden, I have not had much to post that’s new. Gotten some great bell peppers, some left ripening now, couple are almost red. And the garlic and strawberries will be left over the winter.

We’ve been having  HUGE Shiitake harvests  with the rainy weather. It’s been great, Nancy dried some just today and used some fresh. I’ve got a huge box full of them I might have to give some away. Anyone want some?

Looking back we’re happy about the garden, but a lot of this year was experimenting. Beets, Carrots, Lettuce, Corn, Eggplant – all didn’t do well enough for us to enjoy, and they ate up a bunch of garden space. The wide varieties was also very challenging to figure out is it ready? How do I know? The plant looks _____(pick a word). It’s this color or that – is it dying? What’s wrong with the plant? It was a lot to research on at one time, and we lost some harvests and plants because our attentions were spread. This next year we’re focusing more on what we really want, so hopefully our harvests will be bigger.

In the works-

  • Fruiting 2 bags of Blue Oyster Mushrooms – they are developing and will post soon.
  • Bought a Gala Apple Tree, looking for a spot to plant it.  Our Braburn apple tree didn’t make it.
  • Planning spring garden and browsing Seed Catalogs for 2012 Garden.
  • Looking at redesigning the raised bed – shrinking the width and adding another one to add space and room to work/harvest. 18 inches between the beds was way too small. 3 feet wide is my goal.

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

 

Categories: Garlic, shiitake, Uncategorized

1.5 lbs shiitake harvest tonight.

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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After 1 lb over the weekend there’s even more ready today.

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Shiitake Mushroom harvest!

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

 

 

Shiitake Harvest!

The recent Tropical Storm rains triggered some volunteer Shiitake Mushrooms. I have about 40 logs I seeded with Shiitake last year from a tree we had taken down. Awesome to get some fresh mushrooms from the backyard. We got about 1 lb so far and plenty more coming. Nancy made a Quinoa and Sauteed Shiitake dish. Pretty tasty. Luke got to help collect mushrooms and he loved having a “job” to do.

I have some other mushroom work in progress. Oyster mushrooms coming soon.

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Categories: shiitake