Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

Radish ready to pick!

Radish ready to pick!

It’s pretty simple, actually. They’ll pop up out of the ground! We pulled four out so far, with more coming soon.

Even though radishes are spring crops, we plan to plant some more by the cucumbers because they help deter certain bugs, including the cucumber beetle which has hurt our plants every year.

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Probably the last vegetables we'll get from the garden this year.

Probably the last vegetables we’ll get from the garden this year.

As the weather gets colder, our plants are on their way out. It’s a bit odd because there are new eggplant flowers and pepper flowers, but they won’t have enough time to mature. We have a few more grape tomatoes that might be ready before it gets too cold, but pretty much everything else is done. We tried to plant some fall vegetables, but that plan seems to have failed. More on that later.

Overall, it was a pretty successful year. Not the best, but it was way better than what we had last year, or even the year before. I’ll recap everything in later posts, plus share some more recipes we made when all our vegetables were thriving.

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Last year, we failed at peas. We planted them in early June without realizing peas need cool weather to thrive. Needless to say, they yellowed and  died pretty quickly.

We managed to get our peas in the ground early enough this year and they’ve been doing great. Snow peas came in early and we had so many.

Almost ready to pick!

The sugar snaps are doing pretty well, not producing as much as I hoped but they’re still growing and blooming. I’m sure it didn’t help that this has been one of the warmest springs on record! At the end of May we had several days of 90-degree weather and no rain.

It also probably didn’t help that every time I saw a sugar snap was ready, I’d pick it off the vine and eat it, something I often did in my grandpa’s garden. I guess old habits are hard to break. =)

Now it’s cooled off a bit and I hope we get another harvest.

Snow peas in the front, sugar snap in the back.

Second harvest of snow peas.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but not too much has been happening in our garden until recently. Last week we were lucky enough to make our first harvest of lettuce. After much battle with squirrels eating all our broccoli and spinach seeds, the lettuce starting sprouting.

Our first harvest of lettuce.

I was pretty excited when we had enough to make a decent salad from one harvest.

When I rinsed the lettuce, I noticed a couple tiny green worms floating in the water. Kind of gross, but after a few good washes everything appeared to be normal. I did a little research and it seems like it might be the caterpillar of the cabbage butterfly. Not sure if it’s a big problem or not because our second harvest had none, and there wasn’t really much damage to the actual leaves.

We made a second sowing this weekend and I’m hoping that comes up as well as some of our first (OK, second) plantings. The seeds in random rows wherever there was space in the bed––a little haphazard, but it works.

If all goes well we should have a steady supply through the season!

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