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Garden happenings

This week some harvests are ending and others beginning. The peas and raspberries are pretty much done. I’m only getting one or two bites from them a day now. But now the yellow squash and blackberries are ripening and seed pods are browning.

Harvest from yesterday (not including the squash).

Harvest from yesterday (not including the squash).

Yellow squash.

Yellow squash

Here’s yesterday’s harvest. Not very much. But it was still delicious. The blackberries were juicy, plump, and so sweet. The squash is so nice and golden yellow. I’m going to slice this up and roast it. In the past I’ve been the only one in my family who likes squash. I’m hoping at least one my kids will help me eat this since it belongs to one of them.

Ripe blackblackberries

Ripe blackberries

Ripe blackberries on the bush before I picked them. These tasted so much better than what I buy in the store. I noticed a lot of ripe blackberries in the park during my run this morning. I’m going to take my boys berry picking there either tomorrow or Monday. Oh, I found only one ripe blackberry on my bush today.

Mustard seed pods

Mustard seed pods

I noticed some of the mustard seed pods have turned brown/tan. I cut the stalks to have the whole segments with the brown seed pods and then put them in a paper bag. I have the paper bag hanging with the seed pods inside to dry. From what I’ve read it should take two weeks for them to dry enough to use and store. I saw on another blog, Attainable Sustainable, a simple recipe for making your own mustard. I’m looking forward to making some!

Flax seed pods

Flax seed pods

As with the mustard seeds I noticed some of the flax seed pods have turned brown. I cut the tops (containing only the seed pods) off the stalks and put them in paper bags to hang and dry, too. Mother Earth Living has a good article about harvesting flax for the seeds and fiber. The Joybilee Farm website talks about harvesting flax for use as linen. Life TransPlanet website talks about harvesting it for the seeds. According to all the sites I should pull up the whole plant to dry when harvesting for either seed or fiber. One thing I learned is that if you want the flax for the fiber, you harvest before the seed pods ripen. Otherwise the fibers get too tough for making soft linen. Good to know! I’m going pull up all my flax today since mine are pretty much done flowering and have seeds pods.

Hope you’re gardening efforts are paying off for you!

-Lorelei

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Garden Happenings

Not much new has been going on in the garden. The raspberries keep ripening, yellow squash is growing, peas are being harvested, sweet potato vines are taking over the garden, plants are flowering, blueberries and blackberries are ripening, and some of the transplanted strawberries survived their first week.

Ripe raspberries

Ripe raspberries

I’ve been harvesting a couple of raspberries everyday. The amount’s been varying between 2-12 raspberries a day. They’ve been lasting only long enough to get them into the house and washed before the kids eat them.

Today's pea harvest

Today’s pea harvest

I’ve been harvesting peas, too. Like with the raspberries the amount we’re getting each day varies between 6-12 pods. Not enough to cook. Just enough for me to wash and watch the kids devour before I can blink.

Yellow squash

Yellow squash

My youngest came home from his PDO (parents day out) one day this spring with a greenhouse they’d made and planted seeds in. He’d choosen yellow squash and yellow tomatoes. Some of them sprouted so I made him his own planter and planted the squash and tomato in it. We now have little yellow squashes growing! I’m hoping he’ll eat them since they are his. (In the past I’ve been the only one in this family to like eating squash.)

White pine alpine strawberry surviving

White pine alpine strawberry surviving

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

A couple of the white pine alpine strawberry plants I was given are still alive. The ones I planted around the rhubarb are doing particularly well. Speaking of rhubarb, it is doing surprisingly well. I’d heard it wouldn’t do good here, but mine seems to be thriving.

Sweet potato vines running everywhere.

Sweet potato vines running everywhere.

The three purple sweet potato plants I put in the garden are starting to spread and take over that whole section. I’m guessing I should have put in a trellis and trained them to grow up. I’ll know better next year.

Peanut flower

Peanut flower

The peanut plants are flowering. From my understanding the flowers have to be pollinated for the peanuts to grow. After a flower is pollinated it sends a runner into the ground and that’s what the peanuts grow from. The National Peanut Board website has some good info on growing peanuts. Southern Exposure.com also has good info on growing peanuts and how to prepare them.

Blueberries ripening

Blueberries ripening

The blueberries are starting to ripen. I’m very excited about this. My eldest is closely watching these since blueberries are his favorite.

Blackberries ripening

Blackberries ripening

The blackberries are darkening. My bush isn’t very big, being new this year, and I’m not going to get a good harvest from it so I’m using my blackberry bush as a cue to when I should go harvest the ones growing wild in the local nature park.

Court Jester marigold

Court Jester marigold

The marigolds are finally starting to flower. This variety is called Court Jester. I thought it was a pretty flower.

That’s all happening in my garden. How’re your gardens doing?

-Lorelei

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Garden happenings

Plants are flowering, fruits are growing, and roots are being harvested. I love how my garden is developing. Some plants I was really wanting to flower flowered, others I was hoping would hold off a bit longer flowered. But it’s all good!

Blueberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Blackberries

Two of the blueberry bushes are covered with blueberries. And look at all those blackberries! I’m going to have to throw the net over the berry patch soon to protect these. Might just do that today when it stops raining. Oh, and the raspberries, too!

Raspberries

Raspberries

Baby lemons

Baby lemons

After all that flowering my meyer lemon did I have only 5 baby lemons growing. I read recently that having another meyer lemon could increase production. Now I’m thinking of getting another. Crazy? Nah!

Baby cherry tomatoes

Baby cherry tomatoes

I’m super excited to see these baby cherry tomatoes growing. Last time I tried growing tomatoes they didn’t start to fruit until later in the season and unfortunately didn’t ripen before first frost. The aphids have discovered the tomato. I’ve been picking them off, but just today saw a ladybug on it! Go ladybug! Eat those aphids!

Pea flowers

Pea flowers and look at those huge cabbage leaves to the right!

Pretty pea flowers. Hoping to see pea pods growing soon! The kids loved the peas last time we grew them a couple years ago. These are the shelling peas type.

Flax flower

Flax flower and red nasturtium in the background.

Growing a little flax this year just to see how it grows, what the seed production is like, and how the fiber can be worked. Depending on how this small patch does, next year I hope to plant more.

Potato flower

Potato flower

Potato flowers. I never really knew until recently that potato plants flowered. I’ve read potato flowers have nothing to do with potato production. Seeing flowers means the plant is healthy and doing good.

Spinach bolting

Spinach bolting

I’m sad the spinach is bolting already. But I knew it would happen. I staggered the plantings so I still have some I can harvest. But if that bolts quickly I can always plant more this fall.

Cilantro and mustard flowers

Cilantro and mustard flowers

Sad the cilantro is bolting already, but like with the spinach I knew it was going to happen. Now I get to wait for the seeds–coriander! And same with the mustard. I’m waiting for the seed pods on the mustard to turn tan or brown so I can harvest them, too.

Nasturtium flowers

Nasturtium flowers

I love the orange color of these, but then I also love the deep red of the one you see in the background in photo of the flax bloom. I know the blooms are edible, but haven’t wanted to pick any of these pretty flowers, yet.

And speaking of edible flowers, look at these borage blooms below. I love that blue color. I haven’t eaten these, either, just too pretty!

Borage flowers

Borage flowers

Turnips

Turnips

I harvested the last of the turnips and the last of the radishes. They weren’t super huge, but the size was decent. According to the plant rotation guides I should plant a fruiting plant in those spots next. Hmmm…I think a trip to the nursery is due. Maybe a pumpkin? Or an acorn or butternut squash?

-Lorelei

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May flowers

Lots of May flowers blooming. Ornamental flowers and some food plant flowers! Gotta share it with you.

The peonies. They are nice and big and smell wonderful. The bugs like them, too!

Love the big peony blooms.

Love the big peony blooms.

The miniature rose. Unfortunately, something is attacking my rosebush. I’ve had this for 10 years and it has always been beautiful. But this year over half the leaves have black spots on them. I just looked it up and, I think, it is from a fungus called “black spot”. I found out about two organic sprays to help combat this. The first is home made: couple tablespoons baking soda, 1 gallon water, and 1-2 drops soap. The second is wettable sulfur. I’m going to try the home made stuff first.

Miniature rose in bloom.

Miniature rose in bloom, plus bug.

This little oxalis. I bought it because I thought the purple leaves were pretty. But with the contrasting yellow flowers it is absolutely stunning. The picture from the plant info even shows the yellow flowers, but mine hadn’t bloomed yet. I’ve also seen other wild, green leafed oxalis blooming with their yellow flowers in the yard.

Pretty little oxalis

Pretty little oxalis

The yellow delicious tree. It is surprising since it doesn’t have that many leaves, yet. The honeycrisp is fully leafed out, but not blooming.

Yellow delicious apple blooming.

Yellow delicious apple blooming.

The blackberry is blooming. I noticed while walking in the nature park this weekend that all the blackberries there are blooming big white flowers. Mine started blooming this weekend, too, but the blooms are more pink.

Blackberry blooms.

Blackberry blooms.

The meyer lemon is blooming madly. I’ve been out there every other day hand pollinating it. The whole area around the tree smells wonderful.

Meyer lemon blooms.

Meyer lemon blooms.

Oh, speaking of pollinating. I have some good news! I have seen some pollinators flying around. Carpenter bees, some small (tiny actually) bee looking insects, and just today I saw what looked like a honeybee! Yeah! Also, something pollinated the blueberries because the bushes are now loaded down with developing berries. Since I hadn’t seen any pollinators I’d decided I wasn’t going to pollinate them myself this year. I was going to let them get established before fruiting. Looks like I was thwarted by nature. I’m ok with that.

Ahh, don’tcha just love spring?

-Lorelei

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