Monday, May 28, 2018

Gardening Update: 5/28/2018

Look what I harvested from the garden today …


 … squash!

I also started digging our potatoes that we grew in raised bed tractor tires, harvested plantain and feverfew.

I have raspberries ready to harvest as well!

Our busy gardening and harvesting season has begun!!!

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy and what a wonderful harvest and hope you got a lot of potatoes too from your raised beds :).

    Been a busy time here too with our autumn harvests and we have harvested 100kg of organically grown sweet potato from our gardens and now have them curing on the front veranda behind shade cloth. Organic sweet potatoes are worth $9kg here and we figure when we blanch and freeze them and use some fresh it will give us our usual years supply.

    We also picked the last of the Qld Blue pumpkins we had growing too as the frost killed off the vines. Although the pumpkins are small we are happy to get anything considering we are now drought declared here. The pumpkins here are selling at $2.80kg.

    Picked a few strawberries from the gardens but not many so we have been eating some and freezing some to make some more strawberry jam with.

    I can see a lot of work ahead for us both to preserve our food to supply our families.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, right now we are very much overwhelmed with it all having just come home from traveling!!! Trying to get the most urgent done and then work backwards to the lesser urgent things! This has been an extremely busy week, hope next week finds things slowing down for us!!

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    2. Patsy we are the same and working on urgent priorities first and are overwhelmed with sweet potatoes and will also have silver beet to blanch and freeze too. The sweet potatoes will have preference as there are so many of them, followed by the silver beet after that.

      I hope you catch up and know you will as we all do if we work systematically one step at a time. Try and get some rest periods in between too.

      Sewingcreations15.

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    3. Sewingcreations15 … prioritize and proceed is our motto right now!!!

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  2. Good grief! That's a lot of squash for the beginning of the season:). I know those plants are prolific, but this is only May!!! How exciting for you!! I know I've read before that you do preserve it, though, so I'm glad you got so much. We really only eat zucchini and summer squash fresh, so I would be overwhelmed with so many. In fact, I only planted one hill of green zucchini and 2 small hills of yellow. Later in the summer, I usually plant another hill for fall use, since the plants tend to get mildewy and don't look or produce so good by the end of the summer.

    I have potatoes that are just coming up in several places in the garden. I also have some on the compost heap that are quite bushy, but I am far from harvesting any. I think it's exciting that you are getting some already. I did get potatoes last year, the first in this house's garden, and am excited because I couldn't grow a good potato at my last property--there was some kind of creature in the soil that made little holes in them, plus scab in the soil, so I gave up.

    Right now, I was able to pick lettuce. There was one volunteer lettuce that made a nice head of loose-leaf lettuce, and I picked it, along with just a few leaves from the first planting. We are almost done with that, and I noticed it won't be hard to rob a few more leaves from the row, as they are growing daily. We've harvested just a few small artichokes--so exciting--and quite a few green onions. The compost heap has graced us with cilantro as well, and there are other herbs I've been using.

    I'm engaged in the battle between me and the weeds in both the flower beds and the garden. We grow our garden organically, but did hit some blackberry bushes with some non-organic spray. We were careful to avoid any areas where there is food we want to grow, but those berries were here when we moved in and were starting to move on over to the neighbor's, and he wan't super happy about them. After trying to unsuccessfully cut them down last year, and they just came right back, we are trying this now to hopefully get rid of them. I'm still getting used to living in town, and would like to make the neighbors happy with us.... Now for all that ivy the previous owners planted.....it's very invasive.

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    1. Becky, Both my husband and I like squash, plus we share with others. We've been having some really hot and humid days though and if it keeps up the squash will be done and over with in no time. Guess we better enjoy it while we can!!!

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  3. That is a lot of squash. I hope the potatoes do as well. Glad to see you are back

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    1. Thank you Making Cents of It All, we are encouraged by the potatoes we've dug so far! It looks like growing them in the tractor tires was a good idea!

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  4. That is great. I think our season is a little behind yours. Nancy

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    1. Nancy, we have mild winters and scorching hot and humid summers. If we don't get things planted early and harvest them early, we're out of luck!

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  5. My dozen pots of veggies are off to a stong start but we are way behind you! I bet that squash was delicious!

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    1. Lana, you just can't beat fresh from the garden squash!!!

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