End of July update

Another two weeks flew by fast. Many changes in the garden, some good and some not so good. Groundhog found his way into the large garden so it's a total write-off.  Nothing is salvageable other than pulled garlic. Until my hubby figures out how to keep that furball out I'm not going to plant there. Even the peppers are not safe.  But the small garden is producing, and the farm starting to pick up as well. It's all good. Overload on beans - most of these have been given away at this point as I have enough frozen for winter now.  Picked few young potatoes - Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac and even few fingerlings for salad. Picked and sorted out garlic (the one picutred is the seed for fall). Onions got lost in weeds and didn't get to grow well, most of them vanished completely. Still have enough to use for few weeks but will get a bag from local grower for winter.
Some remaining black raspberries as well as blueberries and wineberries -loving the berry season this year. My hubby LOVES blueberries so he's very happy with this year harvest. I have to add few more bushes next year.  Some dill and fennel from the farm,
And all this beautiful squash was grown by Monique and Dan - they let me plant at their farm in one of the fields. This year they had a lot of squash so I took some and will give it away.
.So how is your garden growing and what are you harvesting? Visit Daphne's page to see what others are doing.

Mid-July Harvest

It's been another long, hot and wet week. Humidity has been sitting at 90+% which makes working outside unbearable. And every other day we get a severe thunderstorm.  But garden keeps producing and I've been picking beans for winter, few berries for snacking and even got few first cherry tomatoes.
Black raspberries are at the end of their season, but the wineberries are just starting to come in so I'm enjoying them just as well. I did manage to get couple of jars of jam out of berries for winter so that makes me happy.
Yellow raspberries once again got destroyed by deer so not much of the harvest. But I did transplant some of the remaining canes into the small garden and will turn 3 of those beds into berry patches. One will be yellow, one early red raspberry and one everbearing. This way my hubby will enjoy them whenever he wants. It makes more sense to plant berries given how expensive they are in the market vs readily available stuff like onions. And I can plant greens around them in spring. One of the beds will share space with asparagus and strawberries. Hope it will work out.

Come to see how others are doing at Daphne's page and share your links with harvests.

First week of July harvest

Sometimes you have good garden years and some are horid. This is one of the bad ones and I can only put blame on myself. Last fall I thought it would be a good idea to get all bed loaded with manure to make it more productive, but I did not consider the acidity level that it would also create. And this year I'm paying the price. My soil is so acidic that nothing in the big garden wants to grow. At all. Only few weeds that seem to enjoy any kind of soil. And garlic.  At least it's doing ok and starting to size up nicely so I'll have enough for winter and some to cook while still green.
Oh well, chuck it up to learning for later.  Once garlic is all picked, I will amend soil with woodash to remove some of the acidity.
Thankfully I still have small garden that is productive. Rain or not (we got over 7 inches of rain in June) I get to pick things here and there. Like red currants, peas, black raspberry that's just starting to come in while strawberries are almost done. Last of the peas were picked last week.  And beans have just starting to come in. I'm glad I only planted some of them as they are very prolific.
Next week I'll be harvesting beans at the farm and that will be interesting to see how they'll produce.

Stop by Daphne's page to see how everyone else is doing on their harvests this time around.

Mid-June harvests..

It always starts out small.. one thing at the time... and you think you should have planted more.. More strawberries, more greens.. more everything. Then it ramps up and trickle turns into a stream.  It's the simple pleasures of daily life to go out in to the garden after work, with the basket in your hands, and pick and snip whatever you wish for dinner.
Some are new to the garden and were planted last fall, like Pineberry that is white with red dots. Taste is not that much different. I do prefer Alpine Strawberry (pictured next to the Pineberry) for taste and fragrance. Even if they're smaller.  Added to the fresh salad they are exquisite. Salads have been picked daily and now that scapes are ready to pick I definitely have a variety of flavors.
And of course my snacks - snow peas and shelling peas, and snap peas for stir fry. I didn't plant too many of them unfortunately as the area where I normally plan around the borders is being favored by our resident groundhog. He's not letting any peas or bean get above 4 inches before he gets his paws through the fence and pulls them right out. 
But I still have enough to eat, even have some for jam.. if I ever get my body to cooperate and actually do something with the berries. So far my quick fix solution has been my freezer.
What are you growing and picking this week? Stop by at Daphne's to see what she has going on and share your link.

Salads and Radishes harvest

Another couple of busy weeks flew by, and I really need to set aside time to do some blogging. Garden is producing, every day I pick greens for eating and even few radishes for snaking.

Something is always in bloom around the house, which makes me happy as I get to see busy bees flying around from flower to flower. They can use all the help they can get with nectar after hard winter.
At the farm things are really speeding up, and I've spent two weekends planting potatoes, onions, tomatoes and peppers, asian greens, beans, carrots, beets, melons, brassicas. Next weekend I'll be planting popcorn and decorative corn (not a big fan of eating type), squashes, cucumbers, basil, more tomatoes and more peppers.

During the week I'll go to the community garden and plant that area out. It's a busy time for everyone. How does your garden grow?

Blooming, budding and first harvest

It's been a hectic few weeks and I haven't had a chance to really keep up with the blog, but the work in garden in spring doesn't end. Everything is in bloom, trees budding and flowers are in overdrive after long winter. Unfortunately Mother Nature still trowing hissy fits - last week of April we got surprise snow/ice showers, and this week it was 85 degrees. Insane. Looks like we skipped spring season and went straight to summer.  But either way, I'm happy with everything growing. Weeds and all. And some flowers and fruit trees in bloom. I'm really enjoying my dafs and tulips.. Some of them are just gorgeous.


In the front the azaleas are in full bloom, and inside sweet potato slips are growing like crazy. Another few days and I'll be tearing them off and starting to root in soil.
 

Cherry Tree is showing a lot of promise of actually having a chance to harvest fruit (if birds and squirrels will let us have any),  together with nectarine that is LOADED with flowers and even few on peach tree. I will pull most of these off though, because the trees are very young and I don't want to overwhelm them. Will try to keep couple of piece of fruit to see how they taste.And the red currant bushes are also loaded with fruit, but given how much they were damaged by caterpillars last year I don't dare to keep hope for this time around.

First harvests of asparagus and first greens have been picked - deliciousness!  There really is nothing better than fresh right off the bed spring greens.
And of course first few morels were picked as well. Dratted deer got most of them, but I did find few untouched.
 
 Really wish we had a VERY TALL fence all around the entire property to keep them out and minimize damage - it's insane how much they eat EVERYTHING in the property. Anything outside of fenced area - cherry, walnut, blueberries, roses, tulips, raspberries - all have tremendous damage :(