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Thursday Thoughts

It’s been way too long since I posted anything. It is not for lack of anything to say or lack of anything happening on the old home front, that’s for sure. There has been a lot going on, so today I am just posting my random thoughts for Thursday….

The Garden – it is doing quite well actually. We have enjoyed lettuce, chard, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, kohlrabi, new potatoes, artichokes, cherries and cabbage so far this season, all from our own backyard. I have nearly 7 lbs of beets to can and I just picked our first tomato (!) with tons more just waiting to ripen. I can’t wait for the romas to make salsa and the others to can for use this winter. I am now getting ready to plant a fall crop of beets and lettuce and in a few weeks I will plant garlic.  

Preserving – so far this summer I have picked and froze strawberries, blueberries, and marionberries. I made some strawberry jam and mashed and froze the marionberries to make jam at a later date. I picked 52 lbs of peaches this week and just finished canning 8 qts today. They are not quite ripe enough, so I am going to can more in the next day or so. I am looking forward to picking pears and apples in the next couple of weeks.

                                         

 Yard Work –  We are in the middle of a complete remodel / addition to our house and the front yard has truly suffered from neglect so we took a break from inside work and focused on redoing the front landscaping. I still need to add a few more shrubs and plant bulbs this fall for spring flowers, but the heavy work is done for now.

These are just a few of the things going on here.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

I am so excited about my vegetable garden this year. This may sound lame, but it has not been a pretty site for the last two years. We have been in the midst of remodeling our home and this has been a slow journey to say the least. We have added nearly 1400 sq feet to the back of our house and this meant digging out a mountain of dirt for the foundation. Needless to say, we still have that mountain in what used to be my large garden area. Last year we rushed to try to get a garden area ready and I planted probably 2 weeks later than I normally do (I try to have everything planted by Memorial weekend), and I was in too much of a hurry and did not prep the soil properly. Well, it was pretty much a failure as far as gardens grow and I only got some green onions, a few beets, and lots of green tomatoes.

So on to this year…..I still have the mountain of dirt, but a much better prepped garden area. This past weekend we had beautiful weather, mid-70’s, so it was the perfect time to plant. I started the weekend, well Friday anyway, going to a bi-annual wholesale plant sale at a local nursery. This didn’t have anything to do with the vegetable garden, but I love plants too! I am ever so slowly trying to landscape our yard (it isn’t very pretty right now…..the remodel and all) so I am taking advantage of the super plant deals during these sales. I got a beautiful rose bush, a dark pink lilac, a holly bush, and 3 Hostas.

Now back to the vegetable garden…we rototilled, I raked and added composted manure to my planting areas, crawled around in the dirt and planted.  I began feeling pretty proud of myself getting a two week head start on the garden. Here is what I have done so far:

              

   Herbs: Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Lavender

Seven tomato plants. I am using the red plastic as it is suppose to improve the tomato harvest and after last years dismal results I will try anything.

 

 

 

6 Brussel Sprouts

The straw areas you see are covering the potatoes. I have never planted potatoes before and heard they are easy, so we’ll see.

Broccoli and Cabbage – I need to add more broccoli so I have enough to freeze for later in the winter.

 

60 onion sets (white and brown skinned), Bush Beans, and Parsnips

 

 

Radishes, already peeking through the soil!

 

 I started these seeds on paper towels, evenly spaced. This is the first time I have tried this method and at least so far the radishes are growing. I also did the paper towel method with my parsnips, beets, carrots and dill. It is a bit too early to tell if they are working or not.

 

pickling cukes along the fence to use as a trellis, dill in front of the cucumbers, chamomile seeds behind the rocks along with my new lilac and holly bush!

 

I didn’t get the zucchini, acorn squash or pumpkins planted though. I worked so hard for three days and looking at it now it sure doesn’t seem like a lot. After such a beautiful weekend we had thunderstorms, high winds and torrential downpours. The temperatures dropped and I had to cover all the tomatoes with buckets to protect them. Maybe planting earlier isn’t better?

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