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Weekly Garden and Harvest Update 6/10-6/18

You can’t get much more recent that these pictures. I just got back in from taking them (with the exception of the pickled garlic scapes). I didn’t do much out in the garden this morning except for taking pictures. I pulled a few weeds, clipped a little bit of lavender, and already the sweat started welling up on the back of my neck so I headed back inside. Today and yesterday has been hot (mid-90’s) but the weather is supposed to break tonight, which means that mom and I will be able to cut the air conditioning off and open the windows back up. I miss that fresh air and breeze.

Mom pulled up the old strawberries last week. Now we have some new squash and cucumber seedlings sprouting up around the sugarcane that is still there. I tied back my asparagus ferns to keep then from looking like a wild jungle (though my cat loves that). About half of my leeks have perished, but the other half, which have been mostly shaded by the asparagus ferns, are looking wonderful!

No tomatoes yet though our vines are full. I did add a few Scotch Bonnet pepper plants to our garden. Someone was selling ghost pepper plants and though I really wanted one – I didn’t need 4 plants so I had to refrain from purchasing them (this time). I did discover culantro, a neat little herb that I’ll talk more about soon.

Harvested this week:
– 5-6 jalapenos
– 7-8 green bell peppers (small ones)
– 2 cherry peppers; I have no clue what I will do with this
– 4 strawberries
– Pint of blueberries
– 3 cucumbers
– Handful of small squash

I’m doing a horrible job of keeping track of what we have harvested. I had such good intentions. I blame mom. 🙂 She’s able to pick things while I’m at work and she usually has them already cooked in to something when I return home.

Sampling of this week's harvest.
Sampling of this week’s harvest.
Pickled garlic scapes - I can't wait to open this jar and see how they turned out!
Pickled garlic scapes – I can’t wait to open this jar and see how they turned out!

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Weekly Garden and Harvest Update 4/5-4/12

Mom and I have been hustling and bustling to finish up a few last things for the garden before growing season really takes off. I’ve already started picking asparagus. In fact, I picked 3 stalks the first Saturday in April which seems to be a week earlier than last year (according to my rough notes from last year).

I went to the Master Gardener’s Spring Show last Saturday (April 5th). I learned from the previous year that if I go later in the afternoon, I can snag some good deals. There were a lot of things that I wanted, but I was on a limited budget so I had to reign myself in. I ended up getting a Queen of the Night cactus, a Kalonchoe Rotundifolia/Zulu Invisibility plant, some French Tarragon, English Thyme, French Lavender, and a citronella plant.

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That same Saturday, I also picked up some fresh vegetables that were brought in from Raleigh as part of a local winter farmer’s market of sorts (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and Easter Egg radishes).

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Mom developed this neat little set-up for one of the garden beds (the far right bed in the photo) using some junk from around the yard. She gathered up some old trellis’ and set it in the garden, using some notched out bamboo to offset it from the fence itself. The buckets are placed in the middle of raised beds and the various seeds are planted around. The buckets are there to help the water and any fertilizer we use get to the roots to the plants.

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Notes:
– Most of my kohlrabi seeds have sprouted – at first they were a dark purple color, but now the sprouts have green leaves and a muddy purple stem
– Mom and I planted her tomato seedlings in the garden. They are currently under plastic bottle “cloches” with holes poked in to serve as mini-greenhouses.
– The flowers on my olive tree have opened and I also have noticed a tiny little lemon starting on my Sambo lemon tree.
– I finally got my leek seedlings into the ground.
– Mom’s potato towers have sprouted! We were worried for a bit.

Harvested this week:
– 26 Stalks of Asparagus (I would like to use them in a quiche)

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Future Plans:
– Mom and I need to cover the leeks and the squash/cucumber seedlings as there is a frost warning tonight. Hopefully after this most recent cold front, that is it for the cold weather.
– And as always, I need to figure out some way to protect our feathered friends from my little predator. I’m thinking maybe getting a few squirrel baffles?

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Signs of Spring!

Spring is still a little ways away, but during week’s like this – I know that it’s right around the corner! Let’s ignore the fact that there is a chance of snow here next week (right during my vacation week, good thing I’m flying down to Florida for a few days) and focus on the fact that Spring IS coming!

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The bluebirds are going crazy in our backyard working on their nests. After last year’s slaughter fest, thanks to my cat and the huge black snakes that come slithering out from the woods, I know that I need to take some preventative measures to protect the birds. My idea is to go with a couple of squirrel baffles – the cone-shaped things that go on poles. Hopefully I can find some cheaper ones that the $20 ones advertised on the internet, or maybe I can even find a way to create them myself. Maybe some cheap plastic dog collars would suffice?

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Walking around the yard yesterday, I was pleased to see this little Daffodil blooming proudly.

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I planted my seeds this past weekend in their little pods. I noticed this morning that there were some signs of growth already. I planted 30 pods of American Flag leeks and 6 pods of catnip. Pre-planting the catnip was probably a little unnecessary, but I was already eager to get them started for the cats.

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I was planting my shallots and asparagus in the garden today when I noticed that one of the little asparagus spears that had popped up over the weekend was already an inch tall.