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Holy Crap, The Garden Is Finally Producing Food To Eat

2011 August 25
by Aurora

It’s been a while since I wrote about the garden, and I have some tasty photos, so here we go. Whee!

two days' worth of garden haul

two days of garden produce


Every day I check all our plants in the greenhouse and the garden for things (food!) that might be ready to eat. We have had such a long-delayed summer (seriously, no temperatures above 90°F until last week, and no regular 80°F until recently either) that things just have been sitting there, not growing.

For a tiny stretch certain things (cukes) were growing better in the greenhouse than out in the garden. Now things have changed. The cukes have taken over the garden, and the pumpkin is about to take over the kids’ playhouse. No, just kidding, although it will probably try to go through the fence and in general take over a square mile or so. We have baby pumpkins. So exciting.

We also have a few hundred tomatoes just sitting green on the plants, waiting for the conditions to be right to ripen. We get a few a week. I’m hoping for (but not counting on) some consistently warm weather for at least a month. Come on, Indian Summer! We could really use you. Short growing season as it is, high elevation (~1200ft), and the longest spring eeeever (yes, lasted until July 31).

lemon cukes, pepper, and okra

lemon cucumbers, pepper, and kale

Food we have been harvesting for the past few weeks, a little at a time: kale, lemon cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, tiny orange hot peppers, shelling peas, potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, thinned beets and carrots, chives, blueberries, raspberries, thyme, lavender, chamomile.

kale

kale

Food we have just started to harvest: cabbage, pickling cucumbers, purple cauliflower

our first cabbage

cabbage

Food we are awaiting: non-pickling non-lemon (Early Russian) cukes, leeks, pumpkins, delicata squash, some other winter squash, 6 kinds of beans, sunflowers, more potatoes, a butt-load of tomatoes, celery, eggplant, melons, onions, carrots, beets, kiwi (next year), asparagus (in two years)

beets thinned from the bed

beets

I’m probably forgetting something. We are starting to plan our winter garden, which will definitely include broccoli and kale in the garden, and probably some greens in the greenhouse. I thought it might be interesting to show what I harvested the last two days.

 

AUGUST 23

Greenhouse:

4 okra

3 tomatillos

1 yellow cherry tomato

3 lemon cucumbers

3 pea pods

 

Garden:

12 lemon cucumbers

 

 

AUGUST 24

Greenhouse:

2 tomatillos

1 yellow cherry tomato

1 lb kale

 

Garden:

15 lemon cucumbers

1 pickling cucumber

5 blueberries

2 raspberries

2 heads of purple cauliflower

1 broccoli head

1 cabbage

2 lbs kale

It’s amazingly satisfying to finally be seeing food come in after all the work we’ve been putting into the garden: the 2+ hours of watering by hand (yes we are putting irrigation systems for next year) a day, the weeding, the mulching, the fertilizing, the transplanting, the cursing at the weather. We have built 9 new raised beds and plan 3 more before the season’s out. The garden looks put-together, and knowing the infrastructure is all in place for next spring’s planting just helps. It makes it easier. The fence and gates have kept the pigs and cows out of the garden since we put them up, and the chickens mostly leave it alone. The dog knows better.

Come on, hot weather. Come on, Summer! Stay with us for just a bit longer.

Question: Did you have a garden this year, and if so what? Did you notice any difference in what you were able to grow because of the weather?

2 Responses Post a comment
  1. Intelligent Burro permalink
    August 25, 2011

    I see. Yer having an abundant harvest because you had a priest bless the fertilizer. Cool. Beautiful produce.

  2. Max permalink
    September 13, 2011

    Helped with some gardening this week here in the Willamette Valley. It’s sooo late like you said.

    Pulled in about a gallon of yellow cherry tomatoes the other day, along with a dozen plum tomatoes and a few tomatillos. Most of the remaining tomatillos aren’t ripe yet, and there are still a ton of green tomatoes on the vine, including some flowers that haven’t fruited yet!

    Also was able to harvest plenty of parsley and basil, and the first couple of peppercinis. Plums are a week or two off from being ready. Likewise for grapes.

    In the wild, I harvested a bunch of mugwort and some pennyroyal, which I believe are both reaching the end of their season.

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