Hey, garden-loving gals!

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Sat, 06-18-2011 - 7:49pm

I have to say that my tomato plants are growing so big. I'm SO excited about them! I'm going to harvest my first broccoli tonight. It's SO ready to be harvested and we found that if I make sure to cut it right at the base of where the head stalk meets the plant, it should shoot off some extra smaller pieces. I hope to get max yield from these plants! Next year, I'll have to see if we can get more than 4 plants done. 4 broccoli crowns just doesn't seem like enough for us! I might have to stagger when I buy them so that I don't get them all ready all at once. :) We LOVE broccoli! LOL! My peas aren't working out quite as well. I think the early rain kind of drowned it a bit. We got a few peas initially, but it wasn't really enough to save for anything. So, maybe if we do them again, we'll just grow them for fun to just eat the few off the plant as they ripen. I got more lettuce, but I'm not sure how much we'll get yield-wise out of it. I might be better off choosing something else next year and just buying the bulk leaf lettuce at the store. Our carrots are sprouting nowhere near where I planted them. LOL! But, they're coming up!I got a couple of zucchini plants, but they were the last of what they had at the nursery and they looked kinda wilty. They've perked up a little bit, so I'm hoping they will produce something. It's my first attempt, so I don't know that I'll be perfect my first (or even second or third) year at this. :) It's all trial and error. I have been doing a decent job keeping the non-veggie growth out of the garden, though. Gotta love all those "helicopters" and things that blow into there. :)

On another note, we went to an organic berry farm the other day and picked 8 quarts of strawberries. I tried my hand at making jam. I messed it up a little bit (it's kinda runny), but it still tastes fantastic and worked well over pancakes last night and on PBJ sandwiches today. I have enough berried that I have hulled and washed and put in the freezer that I can thaw out once we use up some of the jars that I messed up. I'll make some more jam and hopefully do it right next time around! :)

I also can't wait for blueberry season to come. We'll have to pick probably 25 pints of blueberries so we have enough to eat and enough to make blueberry jam. :) We go through blueberries like they're going out of style! :) I think each of us can eat our own pint of them in a sitting. :)

Just had to update how we're doing with our summer fruits and veggies! :)

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Sat, 06-18-2011 - 8:15pm

Here's a picture of my broccoli! It's so pretty! :) Oh, and we snitched a couple florets and they are so yummy and sweet! :)

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Sat, 06-18-2011 - 8:44pm

Awesome! I want to do broccoli next year.

My cucumbers are surprisingly big. I just harvested 6 enormous ones. They look more like mini watermelons. Carrots are growing but still small. My sweet onions are about golf ball sized. The soybeans are not faring well. Blackeyed peas are great, but not ready for harvest just yet. Tomato plant is huge!! Lettuce...We've made salads from it, but its a little bitter.

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Sat, 06-18-2011 - 9:31pm
I'm loving that we're having some successes and some "eh" crops and some flops. LOL! Learning as we go along, right?

I love the look of those cucumbers. I'm so excited for you! Are you just going to eat them as cukes, or are you going to try your hand at pickling?

I love working at something and growing something to use!
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 12:19am
I'm soooo jealous girls! :) Everyone is JUST planting stuff here as of the last week or two, and I haven't even LOOKED at buying plants yet. The U-Pick strawberry places are just ramping up and I also can't wait for the U-Pick peas and blueberries around here.

This year I'm probably just going to do tomatoes and peppers again. Oh well, at least it's better than nothing, right? ;)

 


 


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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 3:21am
Some definite flops. Spinach barely germinated and my bell pepper died w/in a week of planting it. The cukes have been eaten sliced in salads, w/ hummus, and in a marinated salad so far. And three given as gifts. They're so easy, everyone should get a cuke plant or two.
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:30am

Tee - I had a flop crop last summer with my sugar snap peas, too.

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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:41am
Good luck with your tomatoes and peppers, Court! You're right - it's better than nothing! You'll be enjoying them before you know it! It's been a weird weather Spring this year. I'm wondering how late some of the other crops that the farmers have been planting will be this year. I know that around here, the corn didn't get planted until late. I think that saying is "knee high by the 4th of July"??? Ummm...yeah, we passed some corn fields recently and the plants were just starting to sprout. I just hope that their crop will be able to fully mature before harvesting time and before the weather gets too cold!
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:42am
I'm doing zucchini because cucumbers don't agree with me. But, from what my parents have experienced, zucchini is really, really easy to grow, too. We put the zucchini in salads like you would cukes.
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:47am
Julia, yes, that's what my snap peas look like - leaves are yellow. We picked about 5 peas. I'm not sure if I'll do snow peas. Those ones aren't my favorite. So, maybe we'll just avoid the peas next year all together. I just thought they'd be fun, especially since we like to do stir fry. But, I'm not harvesting nearly enough for even one stir fry. So, it's just not worth it to me. I just thought that with the broccoli, it would work well. LOL! I guess I'll just buy them from the store.

Do you recommend starting lettuce from seed versus buying the starter plants? Maybe I'd try that next year over getting the starters, if that's the better route to take. I'm definitely excited to get things going! :) I just really, really hope that my zucchini plants take off, even though they looked a bit sad when I bought them. They have perked up a little bit. I just hope that they continue to do so! :)
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 10:44pm

Yes, there is that 'knee-high' saying, but I don't think too many will make it in our area. It was just too wet to get in the fields to prepare them, let alone plant until recently.

Most of our garden is planted. We have tomatoes (paste and slicing), green peppers, yellow peppers, variety of other colors in bell peppers, chili peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, romaine lettuce, spinach, peas, purple beans, onions, pumpkins, sweet corn, (edit to add) and lima beans. We have yet to plant melons and cucumbers. Spuds, beets, and carrots are in my MIL & FIL's garden and strawberries are at SIL & BIL's garden. We're hoping to get nectarines and apples off our trees this year, maybe pears and grapes next year.

If you are looking for good info on preserving your garden goodies call your local Extension office. Every state has one. They might be listed under 4H in the phone book. There is also a great website I use, the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Here's the address:

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