Harvest at the end of July

It's been a long week away from home for me on business and very tiring, so the only thing I got done this weekend was to harvest ripe veggies from home and community garden and then just stay in bed and rest. In next few days I'll be catching up on garden chores like weeding. So here is the combined garden harvest from both sides. From home it's last of the wineberries, yellow and purple beans, tomatoes and peppers. Some of the tomatoes were picked green as couple of bushes died off suddenly and it was either take them or lose them, but they'll ripen on the counters and will be used in salads.
 
In the community garden, green and yellow beans,  cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini and tomatoes. Looks like rabits and groundhog found their way into community garden as well as I had to throw away quite a few half-eaten ripe tomatoes so I picked all that were low hanging and would be damaged.

How does your garden grow these days? 

Re-seeding garden and harvest

Sometimes you just have to start over. So the bed striped of leftover stalks, added composted sheep manure and a bag of topsoil to add higher level. Then planted few of the zucchini and yellow squash; Soliel Beans, carrots, parsnips, salad and cucumbers. Also seeded few broccoli and cauliflower but not sure if the direct-sow in beds will work out or not. Time will tell.

On a more positive note, new berries came into play! First my poor yellow raspberry finally gave us whole 2 berries to try. Deer have been stripping it down each year and this year it grew into the main garden and one stalk survived. So there is hope for the future.
Black raspberries coming to an end and groundhog is actively helping me pick them out from lower branches. He also apparently loving new berries that are just starting to ripen and keeps getting to them faster than I can get them picked.
In the community garden, zucchini are coming faster than I can get them organized, which makes my coworkers and food pantry very happy. I also have plenty of beans, first peppers and cucumbers and a nice head of broccoli.


At home few beans still alive and enough to feed me and my hubby. Hopefully newly planted will grow well. I also seeded few beans couple of weeks ago at the CSA farm where I help out so I should have them in waves. And at home my pretty orchid opened up - isn't it lovely? So pristine white and delicate.
So there you have it. You win some, you lose some. And you move on. 

Midweek Community harvest

I went to the community garden last night and came home with a boatload of squash, couple of very large heads of broccoli, lots of beans and first two cucumbers - I am loving this season at the community plot. 
 
 And then picked some more goodies in the garden as I keep clearing out beds for replanting - a handful of tomatoes and leftover purple peas, few snow peas, first few peppers and cucumber, onions and beans. Bean seem to be picked up after few days of rain so it's making me very happy. And of course my black raspberries, though they are coming to the end of their season sadly.

  
This morning I dropped off zucchini and beans at the community kitchens so they can use for their meals. It's all good when you have enough to share :)

Harvest July 14

This weekend I cleared out most of my beds, pulling out all veg that was damaged by groundhog and salvaging what was left over. So the last of the arugula came out, beans are only few left to produce - there are about a dozen pole beans that survived and about 10 bush plants. Few beet roots, remaining onions as they got trampled and stopped growing,  some volunteer potatoes and a handful of cherry tomatoes. 
Tomorrow I'm getting few buckets of manure delivered, so I'll be redoing my beds and will replant beans, carrots, greens and winter veggies. Maybe few summer squash if they still grow in such late summer.

Picking and Curing Garlic

This weekend I picked most of my garlic. Some was already picked before and it's been drying slowly - that was Inchelium Red Garlic- not very large bulbs but the taste is very nice.
My main crop is  German Porcelain  and the one that failed was Kettle River. I used it up when it was young and can't say that I'm impressed with it at all. Not too many bulbs were planted but it should be enough for us for winter. I still have about a dozen or so in the ground that were not quite ready to be picked as it's fully green stems can wait a bit longer.

Community harvest and for the love of PEAS!

Another quick trip to the community garden and I have fresh beans, another head of broccoli and couple of side shoots, 4 zucchinis and a handful of basil with chard. Loving it. 
But my highlight was peas - no, not my own. These are from the Hesperides Organica CSA Farm the U-Pick section. Or rather what u-pickers didn't pick and these would be too old to pick by Saturday, so I got to take them. Their vines are LOADED and I could probably pick 30+ lbs if I really had a mind to it, but my goal was simple - save whatever peas are getting old. Freeze for winter. Storm drove me out before I could pick too much, but I'll be back tomorrow for more.  What can I say, I hate waste of food and this is my part of saving it.