Archive for August, 2012

Garden 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I don’t believe I’ve said anything about my garden this year. It began in a whirlwind along the lines of “if we’re going to have a garden this year we need to get plants in the ground NOW.” This was at the beginnning of June and we hadn’t done anything – hadn’t pulled the weeds, hadn’t added compost, didn’t have any starts, hadn’t bought any new seeds.

As usual we’ve had some successes and some failures or semi-failures.

Zucchini: major success this year! We expanded the garden into a previously unused area (read: barren, rocky soil). Dumped on several loads of semi-composted horse manure, got it partially rototilled, plucked the largest rocks and weeds. Threw down some black plastic and planted 6 Black Beauty zucchini starts purchased from a major hardware store. A couple weeks later I added 3 more starts that I grew from seed. I didn’t have much hope. The starts seemed so fragile and the ground I planted in them was barely passable for anything but weeds and salal.

Look at what we got! It really is a miracle. The plants are enormous and they’re producing zucchini far faster than we can eat it. I have picked 15 LARGE zucchinis and numerous smaller ones. Past years I literally only had 2 small zucchinis to harvest after a whole season of growing.

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Yellow Squash: I have two plants. So far they’ve each produced a single squash, but they have more blossoms in various stages of development.

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Peas: almost a failure. I started my seeds indoors in water/paper towels. When the plants had grown to about 9 inches tall a resident deer munch a whole bunch of them down to 4 inches. Fresh peas are my favorite vegetable; I was not pleased. After adding a hotwire the peas were able to recover as you can see below. Some peas have already been blanched and frozen as they are outproducing what I can eat fresh.

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Kale: all I have are two volunteers from last years seed. One is going gangbusters and the other is the tiniest kale I’ve ever seen. Have harvested from this plant twice.

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Rainbow Chard: I didn’t think I was going to have much success, but lately the plants are doing well. Have harvested 3 times.

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Carrots, Short Round Carrots: the tops are about 8 inches tall. In the past we haven’t had great success. The nice thing is the horses like to eat the carrot tops so if the carrots are too small to clean for human consumption we just give them to the horses.

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Green Onions: are they really supposed to take so long to grow? I’m hoping to be able to harvest a few soon.

Green Beans: this is the first time they’ve appeared in my garden. These are supposed to be a bush variety, but they found the fence. They seem awfully slow to grow and some of the starts actually died, but maybe we’ll have a few green beans to eat in a few weeks.

Beets and Rutabaga: the beets seem to be awfully slow this year. Last year they were hit and miss. I got a few fist sized beets, a few smaller than that, and plenty of greens. Hoping for some good beet greens AND some beats this year. Nothing big enough to harvest yet.

Rutabaga is a first for me. To be honest, I don’t know much about it or even if I like it (though I do like all the root veggies I can think of). They appear to be doing well though when I was talking to my grandpa he said they are susceptible to worms which can ruin the crop.

Almost forgot to mention: the tomatoes. The deer ate the top of both of my plants and I suspect we won’t get any ripe tomatoes at all this year. I also have Walking Onions, Garlic Chives, and Chives – all of which are doing well.

Summer

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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There actually are 2 bucks hanging out together in our neighborhood. These two photos may be of the same one – I can’t tell them apart or catch them in a single photo together.

We had a heat wave last weekend. Temps in the 90’s which is WAY too hot for us. Blondie looks like she’s ready for a nap, not a ride.

Does this look like a bratty 3 year old face? It does to me. She is a true 15 hands now, an inch taller than Blondie. This is a good thing. Everyone tells me she should make 15.2 which would be wonderful.

Munching grass above the garden. The nice thing about our pasture is that the horses have shade somewhere all day long.

My rock graveyard. This area is going to get a makeover soon.