Lettuce and radicchio. Only things I have planted at the moment. I have just come down after wrangling two flower shows and the weather has been awful, cold and drizzly here for a couple of weeks. I want to get some peas in and mesclun also.
Re: rhubarb - I always cut it in the Fall - which is wrong, but the stalks are large by then. Added two more rhubarb plants last year but the stalks look spindly so I guess I won't cut them this year.
Picked baby plants that looked edible for a salad this morning. The baby mustards were spicy! I love spicy greens! Found a rogue lettuce that must have self-seeded from last year. I hope there are more of them!
I've eaten chives,basil I have growing in a pot, and Rhubarb. For DonnieBrook and anyone else that might not know you don't cut stacks, you pull on them sideways and they break off just below the ground. It's healthier for the plant. Hot weather slows them down.
My goal was to plant them March 1 because of the nice weather early on, but didn't actually get them in til the 12th. If I want any crop of substance though I really need to plant more. I think back to my childhood and the awesome garden my folks had. I certainly didn't appreciate it then like I do now. I did NOT like to weed. I was even known to 'weed' the spinach vigorously cuz I didn't like it. I remember my dad sitting at the kitchen table slicing green beans to make them into French style beans.
The question today should be what am I NOT eating from my garden today. That would be some lettuce. The green leafy lettuce was as lush and full as the pic with the peas, but was in a different box. Here is what I saw this morning and the second pic shows the culprit. This happened overnight. AAACCCKKK!!!
Hubby just brought home 2 quarts of strawberries from the farm market and they said 'use them right away'. This will be the last of them. So sad. Not a very long season this year. No rain to speak of, but very hot and humid lately. Plus one of the local growers that I frequent had his crop decimated by deer.
What critter would eat the tops out of tomatoes? Two of them were gone. Aaack!!!
Sherrie - You don't need a pressure cooker to can spaghetti sauce. All it takes is a water bath and I get them at tag sales for $10 or less. Food that is high acid - like tomatoes - are safe to just water bath. I think that Ball (as in canning jars) has a whole website with directions and recipies. The Ball Blue Book is the canning "bible".
The neighbor who taught me how to can sauce used to use the oven to can - he lived to 92 so that worked for him, but using the oven is not recommended.
Also, I buy the lids in bulk on eBay as they charge about $2 for 12 lids at the grocery. I have also picked up old, unused lids and rings at Tag Sales and even if they were old - they hardly ever failed.
Here we go again. 1st pic last year. I belive it was Ash. This year its Cherry. Over on another thread I was warned not to do Sawdust as it would deplete the soil of Nitrogen. As you all know, it did not happen. If it did I surely wouldnt do it again.
Good Morning all, been eating lettuce (selfsowed from last year, I just bend over seed head), snow peas, parsley (waiting for butterflies, bent over seed head and have a great patch for them) blackberries, from plant to mouth, yummy!!
Met groundhogs eating my plants also, very tame, caught one in "haveaheart" and relocated, they like bananas!
Hopefully will catch other one, my neighbors will be glad to see them go also. Busy streets here and sure they will have an accident if left to roam.
Happy gardening all! :: ) =^.^=
Being very pregnant and then giving birth this spring prevented me from any gardening at all. No weeding... nothing. My husband has done a decent job making it look ok out there but I see everything that needs to be done. My 6 week checkup is not until July 10th. Hopefully I can somewhat make up for it in the fall. Def. no veggies though :( I do have some perennial herbs I can use, oregano, chives, lemon thyme, english time. Unfortunately my parsley mostly died out for this year and hubby weed wacked the few plants that did come up thinking they were weeds. He did in all my blue penstemons too. :(
Lettuce, swiss chard only take about 30-50 days so you could still grow them now. In August you could start broccoli, cauliflower ...cold weather crops.
My broccoli bolted in the heat last week so ill be planting it again next month.
Here's what the garden looks like now...will post a picture next month so we can watch the change. ^_^
One of the ways is...raw! Chop squash finely, add a cuke, tomatoes, red onion, and a vinegarette with chopped mint in it...very refreshing...also I cook the larger squash in veggie broth with any veggies I have on hand...green beans, carrots, onions...when cool, I puree it & serve either warm or cold...I also stir fry, & make zucchini pickles...and family & friends take home a lot!
We also have pesky squirrels so I was happy to be able to pick the bell peppers without the squirrels getting them. I've been spreading this stinky pest deterrent around so maybe that did the trick. A couple of times I've even opened up the back door to find a squirrel bright eyed and perky right on top of my miniature greenhouse I have on the back stair. They dig in any container that has dirt in it. They expose the roots of the plants. I'm not sure what they are looking for... grubs maybe? I posted one picture on here of a piece of pizza they half way buried in one of the potted plants of basil I have sitting on the stair railing (haha). My partner actually found another piece of pizza buried in a potted plant this week. It's rather quirky of our squirrels. LOL. I don't have anything against squirrels, but I just hate them eating my produce that we spend so much time nurturing and cultivating for ourselves.
not just you Xen... I have a few tubs around.. one in the back of my yard has lilies, and some annuals I planted in it this year.. the tub was dug up almost to the bottom.. glad the lilies bloomed already.. but hope they don't trash them.. I sprayed it heavy with liquid fence on the soil .. hopefully it will keep them away
I went to the farmers' market out here yesterday. Sooo much fun and the veggies and fruits were soooo fresh and appetizing. The nurseries that had booths were well stocked. I was amazed that you could get 3 jms in 4"pots for $10. There was a jm maybe a bloodgood about 4' tall that was $15. I really didn't check out the varieties available cuz I didn't want to be tempted.
We have a lot of wild raspberry bushes popping up. Which could be a bad thing. My husband got rid of our gient tree limb brush pile and the raspberry bushes must of been lieing in wait. We have gotten a few raspberries and strawberries. All my strawberry plants are new and I shouldn't even let them set fruit but the kids get so happy when they can pick fresh berries. We also have some Alpine ones but I feel like they don't set a whole lot of fruit. They probably need more sun.
Lack of water making the skins tough? I am still waiting for them to turn, still green. :(
The garden July 3rd, & July 22, and last 2 are side views from yesterday. Excuse the lawn, not mowing much with the lack of rain. After watching my BIL mow every other day and fry his lawn...I refuse to.
sorry to hear that memory - we have 30+ t plants although i do not think there are 30 t's on them - very slow coming this year, have heard similar from others in the area.
only think really growing is the squash patch - lots of blooms and have some early Cinderella pumpkin's - the only trouble with the patch is my "friendly" eastern water snake has moved in - snake is huge!
feel free to rub it in marilyn :) might have been the weather this spring - even started them early this year from seed. same with eggplant, had large plants and only a couple so far have started - hoping for a big August.
My opinion the weather is not like it was last year. Too hot & humid for many days. A lot of tomatoes will not produce when it hot & humid. For the most part they do not get pollinated by bee's & bugs, its the dry wind.
Unlike most, I have 68 plants and I have to get in and work them, at least a couple times a week. I shake them and that helps to produce a better yeild.
Cherries are taking off like crazy & getting red. The others 1 here, 2 there, but they are coming.
Peppers? Green Bells are short and the peppers are tiny. Jalapeno's are producing fine.
Cute pumpkins Bill. Didn't plant any this year, was supposed to and forgot or got sidetracked...Grandchildren are gonna kill me!
Have eaten tons of chard and cukes so far, had one cabbage, gave 2 away and have picked 4 G. Peppers so far.
Mmmm...sounds good...While babysitting at the farm this morning, I picked a bunch of rainbow chard...blanched it, then sauteed with onions, bacon, & cherry tomatoes...surprise for my son's dinner tonight...
Pick green beans, outta the garden and cook them. Buy Delminoco steaks and do both, baked potatoes on the grill. What do you get? I am not hungry. Well guys I am not freaking cooking no more. I will deal with a sandwhich. U have screwed me too many times. So sorry people that dont know me but I am at my wits end.
I love Swiss Chard! I planted corn from seeds that my DBIL saved from last year and I have tall cornstalks with only a few ears showing - like 3 for 12 stalks. Guess that hybrid thing isn't always working in the gardeners favor!
Eating a few grapes and asian pears. Looking forward to making jelly again from Aronia berries. This year I am going to freeze them and may jelly when the weather is cooler!
I'm from the NW, but couldn't resist this thread! We're eating tomatoes, daily, and peppers as well. I brought some tomatoes over to my neighbor and he said "you know, Karrie, it is against the law around here to have tomatoes this early"... hehehe - we use Wall of Waters and get them in the ground early.
Glad to hear from you, Karrie...I remember some years going back to school in Sept. & having the tomato crop ripen then...had to work, can, freeze, etc. This year I've picked about 5 or 6 tomatoes, a few peppers...never planted eggplant, but I noticed my son had some great looking eggplant in his garden...may have to make a raid...
Wall of waters are these small miniature green houses, sort of that you fill with water, that you put over individual small plants. http://www.wall-o-water.com/ If you look around enough you can find red ones, which are the best.
Normally, where I live, you don't put plants like tomatoes into the ground until about Mother's Day. But with these, I can put them in the ground in early April! WOW! The sun warms them, and they also slowly water the plant.
...summer squash, cukes, onions, green beans (greencrop), wax beans (cherokee), Sungold cherry tomatoes, 'Jolly Elf' grape tomatoes, 'Ultra Sweet' slicer tomatoes, bell peppers (lady bell), and the first few jalapeno.
got a big sink full of tomatoes :-) It took me a long time to planting a garden and working the soil. When I started I had nothing but rocks. a 4 by 8 maybe. I worked and worked my soil. God help me and you great people, remember when? And then I got the greenhouse. Not sentimental. But I care for you all.
Well im not eating them yet..but in about 2 weeks. I thumped them yesterday and they are not quite 'hollow' sounding yet.
'Crimson Sweet' watermelons & 'Earli Sweet' cantaloupes...been giving them a drink every other day so they should be juicy .
have not got them to grow yet either. more squash and cukes. finally the bush beans are coming back from the deer eating the plants while we were on vaca - t's and eggplant are really starting to grow - hoping for a late crop.
Well... We would have had a cantelope from the compost heap, but someone who mowed the yard of the vacant house next door(it was a different person)decided to help himself to it and then weed whacked behind our garage which wasn't where he was supposed to mow. Jeff had been watching it grow and waiting for the right moment. He was very put out when he saw that I hadn't brought it inside.
The fruit I get (and this year it was only TWO) is about the size of two eggs and I can eat one by myself - no problem. I have never had enough to look into doing anything with them other than eating. I think that Victor has Paw-Paws - maybe he knows if they make into anything or freeze.
Pulled up a basil plant Thursday night ans will make pesto today. I discovered that I like pesto if it is made with dry roasted pine nuts. Hoping that my Asian persimmons on the tree survived - the leaves are not looking good - but I think the fruit is OK. NOW I find out that Fuyus ripen in November! *slapping forehead* What was I thinking when I planted them?
Sounds good Jo. I picked 2 big bunches of carrots, left some in the garden though as they were still small. Picked another half dozen corn and started harvesting the brussell sprouts...why did I plant so many????
One last entry for the year - salsify. Made roasted garlic and salsify soup out of the roots I dug yesterday. First time for salsify and it is gnarly roots that end up about as much in the compost as in the pot when they are cleaned and peeled. Very different and yummy in soup. http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/homehort/plant/salsify.htm
That is what the article says. The pictures had long, straight roots - mine were multi-rooted and shortish. Thinking about scattering the seeds in the huge, deep raised bed I have in the front yard and letting them go to seed and raise themselves. IF only I could get celeriac to do that - I do love my celery root!
I picked kale and chard just before xmas and we will eat it tonight as the last of the fresh veggie for the year as we are in Vt. We will have more carrots in the new year in Nantucket Never have grown salsify but sounds like we should. Thanks and happy new year all. Seed ordering time! Patti