The 2011 Garden

It’s been three months, and it’s beyond time I posted something to move the last post with that depressing mountain of snow down the queue.  How about this…

Or this…

That’s my clearance sale rhododendron that I got last spring.  There were a few blooms on it when I got it, but in the fall there were tons of flower buds on the plant.  A few of them opened, but then winter set in.   When the weather started warming up, the plant just picked up where it left off last fall and bloomed beautifully.

So sorry I haven’t been a good blogger girl these past few months, but I have been doing a few things here and there gardening related.  In March when we had out first relatively warm day I planted the south bed with my seed tape.  Then the temperatures dropped…we had snow…a number of times.  I thought the seeds were dead, but low and behold one day I saw the pointy leaves of spinach.  Here’s what the bed looks like now.

I planted three or four varieties of spinach, radish and bok choi using the seed tape.  Once the seeds started growing in, I interplanted each row with lettuces.  I think this is the first time that I’m picking more than just a few leaves of spinach.  The only thing that didn’t germinate well was the bok choi, although I was pleasantly surprised to find a few plants growing today.

I did a bit of winter sowing with the spinach seeds too.  I tried to overwinter some lettuce in this big bin, but I saw bugs in it and it had to go.  But before I sat it outside on the porch, I planted some spinach seeds.  Sure enough, when the weather started warming up, the spinach started to grow.  Then I transplanted a few other plants into the bin and have been harvesting baby leaves.

Right now I’m hardening off my tomato and pepper plants.  I went the heirloom route this year.  Red and yellow brandywine, although I’ve lost most of the yellow, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Cherry, Principe Borghese (hope I spelled that right), Lemon Pear.   I’ll be glad when the weather mellows out so I can actually put them in the ground.

So…what else is going on?  One of the flat leaf parsley plants made it through the winter and is growing great. I think all of the onions that were left last year started growing, and I’ve harvested them already to clear out the bed for the tomatoes.   I’m in the process of doing a raised bed in front of the garage where I grew the corn last year.  I’m thinking of doing white potatoes one one side and sweet potatoes on the other side.  I’ve got peas, broccoli and a couple cabbages in the ground already, although they’re growing kind of slow, and the strawberries have quite a few blooms on them

Anyway, that’s a little catch-up on what’s going on in my world…as I anxiously wait for the weather to break.

Happy Gardening!!!

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Harvest Monday_August 2, 2010

Another Harvest Monday has rolled around.  Time to show off your harvest, big or small.  Link up at Daphne’s Dandelions and show the blogsphere what you’re harvesting in your piece of paradise.  My 2010 Harvest as of 8-2-2010 so far is1738.4 ounces, which translates to 108.65 pounds of produce using the handy dandy ounces to pounds converter.

I’m getting cherry tomatoes and peppers and, of course, squash.    Not too much else.

I pulled the container yard long beans because the plants were expiring from the bottom up.  They’re supposed to keep on producing the whole season, but these didn’t.  I left the few plants at the base of the stairs so they can go to seed.   The okra plants are finally producing.  There’s only four plants, but that’s enough for me.  I only use the pods in greens and soup.

I was straightening up the garden the other day.  It’s nice to get paid for your hobby with organic vegetables.  I picked (clockwise) a yard long cuke, collard greens, chard, Russian kale, leaves from a turnip plant that started growing when I started watering the garden more, cherry tomatoes, patio basil, dwarf kale, and mustard greens.

Lettuce is on the way.  See that tray under the swing?  I started a few cucumbers and some lettuce.  I also threw a few seeds in some blank spots in the yard, and they’re germinating.  I’m really looking forward to garden lettuce again.

I don’t know how it happened, but I forgot to take a picture of Sunday’s harvest.  Two squash, one okra pod, a few green beans and some cherry tomatoes.

And here’s today’s harvest.  One Armenian cucumber and three okra pods.

and…

…eight bell peppers, two okra pods, and 105 cherry tomatoes.  This round of peppers are bigger than the last group I picked.  I decided to make stuffed peppers, which I’ve never made before.   The recipe called for rice, onions, tomato sauce, garlic, ground beef as some of the mian ingredients.  I didn’t have rice or tomato sauce.  I used a box of Spanish rice and a bottle of spaghetti sauce. 

They were pretty good.

 Happy Gardening!!