Friday, August 02, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have not done a post in a while because I have been busy doing lots more cooking than usual and of course working on items for my Etsy shop, Messy Table Designs.  I did remember to take pictures for future posts so let's get started. 

I am crazy in the spring about getting the garden started. We go through our seed catalogs for things to plant that have worked in the past and try to add something new.  We are limited with our space because of the dogs.  There are six beds of different sizes.  You have seen pictures before  so I won't go over those again.  As the summer marches on, so does my love for the garden.  While I love what comes out of it, I hate the hand watering part.  You have seen our water barrels; 5 in total.  I have to fill up buckets and large plastic watering cans and walk them back and forth.  We don't have enough pressure to hook up a hose otherwise I would hooking that baby up to save the wear and tear on my elbows and back from hauling water.  Wish we could  tap into the neighbor's waterspout.  Their waterspout would fill up the five barrels we have but, it would require we cut up their downspout and we don't have permission to do that.  

So with watering, weed picking and all kinds of composting and organic fertilizers our garden has been pretty darned good this year.
Not sure how many tomatoes (Roma) we have lost to squirrels but these escaped the teeth marks.  We had to pick them before I would have liked, otherwise we would have had to put them in the compost bin.  I did not weight these to see how much we had but I got 1 1/2 quarts out of them.  So not so bad.

This is our first harvest of our third year growing potatoes.  First year was only 2 1/2 pounds of slips.  Then we were encouraged about that first harvest and grew 5 lbs in potato towers.  Our harvest was good but not as much as we had hoped.  So back to beds we went.  We ordered 7 lbs of Golden Red slips.  Half were planted in one bed and the other half in another bed with beans and peppers.  Golden Reds (I think that's their name) is a cross between a Red Bliss and a Yukon Gold.  They have the typical red bliss look but the inside is a nice golden yellow that is a very creamy potato.  This bowl holds 7 1/2 pounds.  We have not harvested the other bed.  Those plants have not wilted back enough to dig up.  We thought we would give them a few more weeks.  I think we are almost there.

So that is our harvest update as of today July 30, 2013.  I have picked basil and made pesto once.  It was yummy.  The bugs are beginning to get to it so one huge picking might be all I get.  A canning post with tomatoes still to come either this week or this weekend when I find the time.  Happy Gardening everyone.


Tina T-P said...

There is no comparison with home grown potatoes - and I like the fact that they haven't been sprayed with a bactericide to kill the tops - that has to make it's way into the tatoes, don't you think? T.

Leigh said...

Hurray for garden successes! So many folks are having so many problems that it's a relief to find yours going well. I find I have to pick my tomatoes a tad early as well, else they have bird pecks in them. :)