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Friday, July 20, 2012

Potato Harvest

I just finished harvesting the last bit of my red potatoes before lunch.  This is the first year I have actually gotten my potatoes to do anything, and I am pleased with what I ended up with.  Part of it is getting the garden more set up, and part of it is knowing a bit more of how to properly grow potatoes.  I have one more variety, Kennebec I think, to harvest after the tops die down  Now I just need to decide how I'm going to store them: peeled and canned, sliced and dehydrated, or in the cellar (which needs some work to make it better for preserving food).  What is your favorite way to keep your potato harvest?

p.s. I did get my "How does your garden grow - July" photos taken.  But between our computer being broken for a few weeks and Ethan having just tore his achilles tendon, I haven't had a chance to put the post together.  I better hurry because August is coming!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow? July 1st

July 1st: We have been short on rain lately, but the garden is coming along alright.  Thing have been busy so I haven't gotten all of what I had hoped planted, but I have gotten the most important things in.
I realize that it is a little hard to read the words on my drawing.  Here's what's in each quadrant.

Quadrant 1: Peas, cucumber, dill, green beans, yellow wax beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cantaloupe,

Quadrant 2: Sweet peppers, green bell peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, summer squash, acorn squash, carrots, onions, lettuce, spinach, slicing and cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, onions and carrots

Quadrant 3: Corn with beans

Quadrant 4: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, watermelon.

** Click on photos to see them enlarged and scroll through backwards to watch progression **

Full View

BUMMER!   Forgot to take a picture
July 1st: Enjoyed some more strawberries, kids' flowers coming up nicely - my flower plots planted

June 1st: Enjoyed a few strawberries from new transplants. Kids each planted a plot of flower seeds opposite strawberries.  Needint to plant my flower plots. Excited to see experimental direct seeded asparagus up and joining asparagus transplants started indoor from seed.

Quadrant 1
July 1st: harvesting and canning green beans and broccoli, enjoying the first of my late planted peas, cauliflower planted

June 1st: needing to plant herbs, lettuce behind peas, and eventually fall broccoli and cauliflower

Quadrant 2
July 1st - harvesting some carrots and lettuce, onions and carrots planted between tomato plants - needing to plant acorn squash and basil. needing to support tomatoes
June 1st: harvesting lettuce and baby carrots - needing to plant acorn squash and basil

Quadrant 3
July 1st - sunflowers and all corn planted - planted pumpkins and gourds elsewhere on farm
June 1st : needing to plant 3 rows of late sweet corn, sunflowers, pumpkins, and gourds

Quadrant 4
July 1st: all plants planted. volunteer watermelon came up were beans were going so didn't plant beans (will try fall beans in place of potatoes)
June 1st - needing to plant 3rd row of sweet potato slips, watermelon and beans

Blueberries and Vines
July1st: enjoyed many blueberries form smaller bushes, planted second row of blueberries - needing to move grapes over a few feet to the right, plant another planting of sunflowers, and mulch

June 1st: nibbled on some unripe, but nicely tart, blueberries - needing lots of work and planting yet!

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