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Gardening Happenings

Not much happening this week. It has been very rainy here, which is good for the plants, but not so good for getting out to harvest.

Mustard seeds sprouting.

Mustard seeds sprouting.

Mustard seedlings

Mustard seedlings

Yesterday, I finished harvesting the mustard seeds and harvested the cilantro/coriander seeds. The mustard and coriander are in paper bags drying in my back hallway (the warmest area of the house). The coriander smelled wonderful as I was putting it in the bag. Really looking forward to using it. Some of the mustard seed pods had started to sprout where they were touching the soil. I placed them at the base of the pea plants (greens after legumes in the rotation) and now there are a bunch of mustard seedlings growing there. I’ll have to thin them out soon.

One of my son’s yellow squash plants was attacked by a squash borer and died. And the squash growing on it was drilled into by some bug. My youngest wasn’t happy about it. Speaking of squash, I sliced up and roasted the yellow squash that I harvested. I roasted it with just salt, pepper, and olive oil. I thought it tasted great… no one else did. My kids took one bite and declared it “yucky”. Oh, well, so much for that theory (that they’d eat the fruit from their plants) and more squash for me.

Sunflower

Sunflower

The sunflowers are starting to flower. I’m loving watching them follow the sun as it moves across the sky. Even the ones that haven’t flowered yet track the sun! My kids think it is cool. Of course, Murphy’s Law strikes, when I went to take a picture this morning this one wasn’t facing the sun.

The sweet potatoes are taking over the whole garden bed and trying to expand out. I keep moving the vines back to within the confines of the blocks. The poor pumpkin is trying hard to compete for space with the invading sweet potatoes.

Cabbage

Cabbage

The cabbages are starting to develop heads. They are quite pretty looking like big flowers.

Ears of corn

Ears of corn

I have a couple ears of corn forming on the corn stalks. I shook the tops together to get them to pollinate the silks of the ears. Hopefully it worked.

Ripening black cherry tomatoes.

Ripening black cherry tomatoes.

My tomatoes are ripening. They are black cherry tomatoes and and supposed to become quite dark, but mine are staying red…not darkening. I’ve been picking them still red and they taste great.

Oh, I forgot to test my soil for nitrogen levels. I need to remember to buy the kit.

That’s all folks!

-Lorelei

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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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