Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Agastache really going full bore now in the final weeks. Shouldn't be long until I can harvest seeds from this one. Despite numerous nights in the upper 20's and low 30's, this stuff looks better every day. I think all the rock and the large expanse of concrete in the driveway keeps this area going long after frosts have done in the vegetable garden. Maybe I should be putting my Brandywine tomato here?????
2011 Harvests--Starting /Ending Dates and amounts
Spinach--5/8-early July--plenty for fresh eating-
Radish--5/14--early July--about a pound a week
Peas--6/19-7/21-- enough to last thru 8/13
Strawberries--6/18-7/21-- 75 Quarts
Broccoli--7/8--8 heads, Fall Crop--not ready YET
Carrots-7/8-9/5--Plenty for fresh eating all summer, plus final harvest ~5 pounds, more in ground for hopefully a late fall crop.
Kohlrabi-steady supply until July
Garlic --7/21--42 heads
Zuchinni-Never Mind--too many!
Green Beans 7/22-8/4--42 pints frozen
Matts Wild Cherry 7/29--- About a handful a day until first frost
Cauliflower 7/31-- 7 heads, 8/16-- 3 heads., 9/12--5 heads (15 heads total/16 planted)
Cabbage 7/31-August--8 heads
Celery 8/2 -9/6 Four large bags chopped and frozen
Yellow Pear Tomato 8/9-Sept 5 A Good Handful a day
Supersweet 100 Tomato 8/11 Many Handfuls a day!
Yukon Gold Potatoes 8/12--1 milk crate full
Melon-Fastbreak--8/15-Sept 20 --13
Melon-Hearts of Gold--Plant fully loaded, none ripened due to lack of heat/not enough time
Brandywine Tomato 8/23-Sept 5-- 15
Russet Norkotah potato 8/23 --2 milk crates full
Jetstar Tomato 8/27-9/5 -----Too Many-STILL eating them 9/23
Green Peppers 8/29---A whopping TWO
Butternut Squash 9/3--X4
First Frost 9/5/11
Pumpkins---9 large, 5 small
Overall-I was pleased with the year. I wish I had gotten some of the Hearts of Gold melons, as they are the best .....but the Fastbreak melons were delicious and did satisfy the melon cravings. Our summers are very short and quite cool, so I'm glad there is a canteloupe that can deliver.
I know so many-especially in the south-have struggled with their gardens this year-between the heat and the bugs it must have been tough. Up here in the north, I guess it was an okay year--not nearly as prolific like last year, but heck, I live up here because I despise heat. So, I don't get the melons I love so much, or much for Brandywines either, but I grow a mean cauliflower, so I'll be satisfied with that, I guess.
Have a wonderful fall!!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Why?? My stupidity. Yup. My growing season.......short. Hearts of Gold's growing season....90 days. Or should I say 90 HOT days, which we can't seem to manage up here. So--why didn't I put the Hearts of Gold in the raised beds, where I could MAKE IT HOT???? Instead, I put the Fastbreak Melon in there-which only needs 69 days. So, I am sitting with darn near a dozen very UNRIPE melons on the ground, and I'm desperately running out there covering them with blankets and tarps every night. And, I know they won't ripen. We've already had lots of frost. Sigh. NEXT YEAR----PUT IN A RAISED BED WITH A COLDFRAME, Dummy!!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This past month we had 25 sunny days, 6 cloudy days, 1.9" rain (NOT ONE DROP in the past 11 days!), and average temps in the low 80's in the beginning of the month dropping to mid 70's the past two weeks. We've had 5 nights in the low 40's....a gentle reminder of what's to come.
I started planting a couple of the new beds---I have tons of the wintersown perennials that need to get into the ground and get established before the cold hits.
Not a bug on them. Can I say enough good about that Agribon row cover fabric??????