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Garden Wrap-up

I haven’t posted about the garden for quite a while.  We are wrapping almost everything up now that Fall has arrived.  We have been saucing tomatoes and picking peppers and making salsa.  We have had a surprisingly wonderful eggplant crop this year.  We dug up a little over 50 lbs of potatoes and cured and stored them in our basement (aka root cellar).  We picked most of our winter squash and we decided to harvest the giant sunflowers.  The kids had a blast trying to pull down the stalks to get to the flowers.  We have some fall peas growing and I am hoping my fall beets will amount to something.  We need to get to preparing the beds for winter.  All in all, a great garden this year.


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Aug 5 Garden

Well, the beginning of August garden is looking good.  I worry about all my squash.  It seems to be late growing this year, but we are finally seeing some and I hope they have time to grow big and ripen.  We have been bringing in some zucchini with lots more growing.  I am almost ready to harvest our first broccoli.  Still getting tons of chard and kale everyday.  We are harvesting our first sungold tomatoes and while the plants are showing the effects of the blight, the tomatoes taste pretty good.  The brandywine and romas are big and pretty and I hope they develop nice flavor too.  We pulled all the peas and planted new seeds for a fall harvest.  I am also excited to try to grow brussel sprouts this year despite me being the only one in the family excited to eat them!  We got those seeds in this week between a bunch of pepper plants.  The pepper plants are flowering, but no peppers yet.  I hope in late August we get some good hot weather to make things grow – it has been a strange year.  We also enjoy ground cherries (gooseberries) every day.  They never make it in the house, but Josette will sit and pick and eat them in the garden.  I love these things and I hope we can have more plants next year.  I was recently told they can become invasive in the garden.  I say, bring it!  We have lots of bean flowers, but no beans yet.  We are also anxiously awaiting our giant sunflowers to bloom.  The tallest is easily 10 feet.  I think this weekend, we will dig our first potatoes.  Our carrots are looking pretty good, although I have dug around and realized that while some are very nice carrots, I have also been cultivating wild carrots (queen anne’s lace).  It is very difficult to tell when weeding!

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July 23 Garden

Our garden has actually changed a lot in just the week since I took these photos, but I wanted to put them up because it is so helpful to me to be able to go back to previous years and see what was growing when.  I really should keep a gardening diary, but I fear that is just another thing on a very long list.  Thus, I blog it.  Here, I have taken out two rows of peas as they finally started to dry up and get starchy tasting.  I plan to put another round in for fall.  All the greens are doing great.  We were very excited to see the first of the broccoli growing.  Our peppers are beginning to flower.  Our squash are blooming with some evidence of squash growth.  And, we harvested garlic!  What fun!  This is the first year I have had success with garlic.  The heads were a little small, but considering I just threw grocery store bought garlic cloves in last fall, I am pleased.  I am definitely going to get some good hard neck varieties to plant this fall.  We have the bulbs in the basement curing.  We will see how long that will last us.

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Garden 2014

I don’t think I can stay on top of weekly garden posts this year, but every few weeks or so, I would like to show the progress of Garden v. 2014  As usual, some things are good and some things are up in the air.  We put in two new beds this year, so even more growing space (and more space that needs weeding).  It is always this time of year that I look at the little seedlings and think, how in the world is this all going to grow and produce food?  Still, we have already harvested our spring asparagus crop.  We have harvested tons of rhubarb.  We put in three giant rows of peas this year and they are growing well and flowering.  Our garlic that was planted in the fall is tall and beautiful.  And our potatoes are quite big already.  We have some cabbages that are growing well.  Lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard are coming along nicely.  I had a bunch of kale that I was really excited about as I have never been successful with kale, but then a rogue chicken got to it and alas, no kale again this year.  I am trying to do a traditional three sisters garden with the corn this year.  The corn is coming up and I just put in the beans and squash to surround it.  In my winter squash bed, I threw in some giant sunflower seed that are coming up and I figured, if beans can climb corn, then why not giant sunflowers, so I threw some bean in there too.  I picked up some eggplant seedlings at the farmer’s market that were crazy cheap and threw those in too.  This is definitely a haphazard garden this year.  I put in a ridiculous number of tomatoes and peppers so hopefully we will be in the salsa and pasta sauce again all winter.  I had to show off some of my perennial beds that are filled with flowers and herbs and looking beautiful.  And, my Colorado columbines are blooming right now and always remind me of my native state.  So, how is everyone’s garden doing this year?

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Weekly Garden Post

Well, I am calling it the weekly garden post, but it has been quite awhile since I did a garden post.  Coming back from vacation, I have been neglecting the garden.  It has been beautiful fall weather and we have gone into winter preparation mode and the garden has gone on the backburner, yet there is still much gardening to be done.  First, we harvested the last of our corn.  We had eaten most of the sweet corn, but we were excited to find our popcorn had dried and was ready for harvest.  We didn’t get nearly as much as I would have liked, but it is such a fun variety, strawberry popcorn so named for the shape and color of the ears.  The kids had a lot of fun peeling the husks and finding the bright red grain.  Finn then enjoyed cutting down all the stalks to use for decoration.  While we were cutting, we found a few ears of sweet corn that we had missed and those became great chicken treats.

Speaking of chickens, they are loving their freedom now that the free range everyday.  They are going through their yearly fall molt and look rather ragged.  They have also seriously decreased egg production, which I am missing a lot.  I hope they ramp up again soon.  In the mean time, they are such fun to have in the yard as we are playing and the kids often pick them up.

This isn’t really related to our garden, but pilfering from our wonderful neighbors’ garden, we are in the apples!  Just behind our house, they have 5 very large apple trees and almost daily we are out collecting.  We are eating fresh and baking pies and making applesauce galore.  Today, I have some apple butter going in the crockpot.  I have a recipe for caramel apple jam that is in the near future.  And, we have been pressing them for cider as often as possible.  Speaking of cider, we tried our hard cider this past weekend and it was wonderful!  We will be getting more of that going for sure!

We finally just harvested the rest of our winter squash.  I was so pleased with the greek sweet red butternut variety as I watched huge squash grow, but they were very slow to turn the deep gold skin pictured on the seed pack.  Some of them were developing that color and then the vines just dried up and we had to pick them.  The rest seemed to be a mix of gold and green.  I waited and waited, until it looked like we were going to have a frost and figured, it was time.  So, we got the whole lot out.  We ended up with 15 huge ones.  We made a wonderful stew from one of them the other night and it seems the flavor is very good even without complete ripening and the color inside is a beautiful orange.  These were definitely the most resistant to the squash pests we had this year and this is the first time we have ever been successful with winter squash so it is a win. These will be going into the garden next year.  We ate our only large spaghetti squash to not succumb to bugs and that was quite good too.  And we have sampled several of the pie pumpkins we grew and those were great too.  Hooray, finally winter squash!

I still have an amazing amount of jalapenos and hot peppers in the garden and I need to get those harvested and turned into hot sauce.  We are harvesting peas which mostly consists of the kids eating them in the garden.  I have some carrots that might turn into something.  And, lastly, we need to get garlic in before the winter.  Other than that, it is pulling plants and turning in some compost to winterize the garden and looking forward to February seed catalogs in front of the woodfire after a good snowshoe!

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Weekly Garden Post

We are just about wrapping up everything in the garden before we go on vacation next week.  It truly feels like fall around here.  We picked the final tomatoes and beans and corn and many of the peppers.  I made a large batch of green tomato salsa with our tomatoes and jalapenos and anaheim peppers.  I made a batch of hot garlic pickles with the last cucumbers and our hot thai peppers.  We still have the popcorn out there that needs to dry.  And, I am still wishing and hoping for all my greek sweet butternut squash to ripen.  They are showing more and more orange and I am hoping that when we come back from our trip they will all have ripened up and be ready for the harvest.  The kids have been picking some of the peas from the second round of planting and eating them right in the garden.  We have been letting the chickens out to free range daily now and they are so happy to pick away at the remaining tomatoes and get all the bugs and worms they can find.  Finn and Josette love running around with the chickens and picking them up.  Finn is constantly walking around with a chicken and showing them places in the yard he thinks they will like.  Josette likes to point and one and say, “that one likes to be cuddled” and then ask that we put it in her lap.  And, what of our notorious chicken killing dog?  She likes to graze amongst the chickens for garden scraps paying no mind to the birds.  It is quite fun when we leave the house and go out into the yard, the flock of chickens comes running to us in hopes of treats.  They are looking quite ragged these days as they are moulting and we have feathers everywhere.  They are still laying pretty well though, as I have heard they slow down during the molt.  Yesterday, we ran out into our yard and had a surprise.  We hadn’t yet let the chickens out, but there was a flock of birds in the garden and field that Josette went running towards.  Wait, Josette, those are big chickens!!!

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Garden Post

Life has been a little busy so I am a bit behind in my posts.  Here is our belated weekly garden post.  The garden is winding down quite a bit these days.  The cucumbers have died back.  We have pulled the summer squash plants and the tomatoes are in their final days.  The fresh corn is ready to be fully harvested and the popcorn is beginning to dry.  We were excited to harvest most of our sugar pie pumpkins and the rest of our spaghetti squash last weekend.  They have been curing in the sun before storage.  I am checking our Greek Sweet Red heirloom butternuts daily hoping they ripen before the first frost.  We have about 14 big and beautiful squash, but they are just now showing the first bit of color change and I really really want them to be ripe and be able to enjoy them through the winter.  We also have many peppers that are almost ready to be picked and added to some green tomato salsa I want to can up with the remaining unripe tomatoes.  We have some peas showing up on the second round of plants.  The chickens all got out one day and ate up all the greens that I had planted.  Oh, they did seem to enjoy them!  This has really been a good garden.  You may also notice we have a new garden fairy 🙂

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