Sunday Harvest

Our internet was down yesterday, but this was our harvest for Sunday.

Grace and I picked 2 1/2 pounds of beans.

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We also picked 1 pound of pea pods and a pound of early peas.

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The remainder of our beets – now I can replant for a fall harvest.

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The last of the turnips.

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And slow but sure the cucumbers are starting to come in. We picked numbers 7 and 8.

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The garden is booming and it’s still early in the summer. Tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, potatoes, parsnips, and peppers are still to come. A wonderful bounty, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

 

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Tuesday Morning Harvest

Heading out to the root garden this morning I was faced with a jungle of weeds intertwined with beets, carrots, turnips, and parsnips.

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By the time I was done weeding and picking, things were a bit more manageable.

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Now I have long, round and yellow beets to can.

We also have a bunch of turnips to figure out what to do with. I’m not sure I’ll plant as many turnips next year, as we cannot seem to eat them as fast as they ripen, and none of us care for them cooked. That’s okay, at least they were a successful crop and now that we’ve tasted home-grown turnips, I doubt we’ll ever eat the store-bought versions again.

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Besides the root garden, I also spent a little time in the pea garden picking early peas. After I can the beets, I’m going to shell these and freeze them, unless I figure out something for dinner that they’ll make a good accompaniment for.

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Getting out in the garden nice and early to beat the sun and heat, as well as harvest fresh vegetables to can later in the day, is a great way to start the day, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Welcome Back Harvest!

Before we left for our vacation about a week and a half ago I weeded all the gardens, fed all the plants, staked what needed staking, and hoped for rain while we were gone. You know the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for?”  Well, when we got back, I couldn’t believe what I found.

The turnips were bursting from the ground, begging to be pulled.

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The scallions were practically uprooting themselves, ready for eating.

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And the peas!  Well, before we left the plants were doing pretty good, with just a few flowers.

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When we got back, the plants were double if not triple the size, toppled over on the ground from the weight of all the peas, and spreading everywhere.

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This is after I tied the pea pods to the make-shift trellis.

This is after I tied the pea pods to the make-shift trellis.

So far we’ve enjoyed eating the turnips raw and using some pea pods and scallions in a stir fry.

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By the end of the week I’ll have to pick more pea pods, freeze them and start preparing the snow peas and others for canning or freezing.

I’ve only pulled five turnips so far, but the entire row is ready for harvest. Anybody want some fresh turnips? They’re super tasty.

While we were gone my neighbors told me it rained every afternoon, was humid, and the sun came out every chance it could between showers.  Since our return we’ve had one day of rain and the rest have been humid and sunny. Perfect for the garden and perfect timing so I can water when needed and pull out all the weeds that seem to be outgrowing the plants 3 to 1.

Coming home to a garden full of fresh vegetables waiting to be picked is a great way to end a vacation, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

The Good News – Gardening Successes

After wallowing in self-pity for a while over everything that seems to be going wrong with my garden this year, I decided to go out this morning and see what good there was to be found.  To my surprise, there was some!

Ten days ago I planted my root garden.  I took an 8 foot by 8 foot section of the garden, broke it down into rows and planted three types of beets, two types of radish, carrot, parsnip, and turnip.  Last year I had planted beets and carrots and had success with them, the other root vegetables were new to me.

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This morning when I went out to check on the progress of this garden I was thrilled.  Everything but the parsnip and carrot has sprouted.

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Now the work begins.  This weekend I’ll be out there thinning the radish and possibly turnips and then sometime next week it will be time for the beets.

Getting the root vegetables in so early will mean at least one more planting before fall.  Since the radish have only a 25 day growth period I could easily plant these two or possibly three more times if I am so inclined.  But let’s not get ahead of myself here.  Sprouting is a far cry from actual harvest, but the fact that they sprouted at all is certainly encouraging, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.