Finding Solutions to Gardening Problems

I read the books. I watch the shows on television. I listen to the professionals when they talk. I even follow the directions (or so I thought), and yet, the gardening problems continue. Thank goodness for the Internet and the myriad of information floating around the web.

Although my harvest yesterday was bountiful, there were issues with both the radishes and the carrots. The radishes were inedible and the carrots, well for two plantings of three 6-foot rows, I’d think you should get more than a handful of finger length carrots.

After much research and reading some humbling information (humbling for someone who thought they were doing everything right), I have once again been shown the way and will hopefully not make these same mistakes again.

Check out my posts at Simply Grateful Gardener for my solutions for The Incredible Inedible Radish and Why Aren’t My Carrots Growing?

I don’t know why it always surprises me when I screw up in the garden, it’s not like I don’t screw things up in every other aspect of the household, so why should the garden be any different. That’s okay, every time I screw up and then figure out where I went wrong, I grow, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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Harvesting Underway

The garden is really enjoying all the hot and steamy weather we’ve been having. Most of the garden anyway. So far this June I’ve harvested radishes and peas. For more pictures check out my post at Simply Grateful Gardener.

Neither harvest lasted very long once picked, but they were sumptuous.

DSCF4653The two rows of radishes I planted all came in at once, so I only planted one row to replace them and waited another couple of weeks before planting the second.

As for the peas, well the first harvest wasn’t very big.

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Once shelled I only had about a cup, just enough for Hubby and I to eat for dinner.

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They were so sweet and flavorful though, I really hope to get a lot more so I’ll have some to freeze for winter.

For now that’s all we’ve been able to harvest, but more radishes are on the way and tons of peas are on the fences plumping up for picking, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

 

First Crop Of Radishes – Picked & Eaten!

It’s hard to believe, but before the first of June, we had already picked the entire row of cherry radishes I’d planted just 30 days prior.

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In all we harvested 50 radishes to eat and share,

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losing just a few to baby slugs and one to a worm.

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Next on my agenda is to replant the row and hopefully harvest again in 30 days.

Making the most of every warm day, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Harvesting Radishes!

This afternoon I ate my first home-grown radish!  Can you believe it? It’s only May 13th and already the radish are ready for eating.

Well — actually they aren’t quite ready for eating, as they are only about the size of a nickel right now.

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When I went to check on them this afternoon, however, I noticed two radishes that were touching.  I’d missed one while thinning.  When I pulled out the smaller of the two, I was rewarded with a teeny, tiny radish about the size of a raisin.  I could have easily just tossed it, but it was red, round, and looked like a radish, so I figured, Why Not?

I brought the little guy into the house, pinched off the top and bottom with my fingers, washed it under some cold water, and popped it in my mouth.  It was wonderful.  I’d have taken a picture and shown you how perfect this radish was, but in all the excitement, I forgot — next time. Sweet, crunchy, and so fresh tasting it took everything in me not to run back out to the garden and pull more of the baby radishes to snack on.

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Patience!  I figure by the end of the week or possibly beginning of next, I’ll have more radishes than I’ll know what to do with, then I can replant!  I love that.  Only 25 days from sowing to harvest.

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Too bad more vegetables aren’t like that, but radishes are, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.