Finally some really good rain!! Monday Harvest Report 4/28/2014

April has brought several hit and miss stormy days but our rain total was really behind for the month.  We don’t get a lot of rain here in Utah so we notice even more when it gets dry.  But this weekend finally brought us some real relief.  It started raining Saturday morning about 3 am (I know because it woke me up) and it rained almost non stop all day Saturday and the rain even continued into Sunday.  All told we received over 1 1/2 inches which for us is a lot of rain!


The garden was happy to see the rain!  Here’s a few shots of the progress in the garden this week.  The lettuce patch is looking fantastic!  Here’s a beautiful head of Nevada Lettuce.  This is a summer crisp lettuce but it turns out that this hardy lettuce also does well over wintered.  We pick the first head this week and it was delicious!


More shots of the lettuce patch, in front some tightly planted butter crunch and in the back is oak leaf which has become our favorite cut and come again lettuce.


And here’s the future of the lettuce patch, Larry’s red lettuce that will be ready in a few more weeks.


And more Nevada that we will harvest as full heads in a month or so!


The peas are coming along but not as quickly as I’d hoped, I’m sure the rain will help their progress.


The cold frame potatoes are finally poking through!  I was starting to wounder if I had actually planted them it took so long for them to come up!  Another couple of days and I will start mounding them up.


The garlic looks great! (It could use a little weeding)


And the onions are starting to come out of their transplant shock and put on growth!


And of course the happiest news of all is the strawberries really started blooming this week!  We didn’t have any strawberries last year so we are sitting in mouth watering anticipation for this springs crop!


Saturdays rain made it tough to work in the yard much, but we had to get out and plant the trees and other plants that arrived this week.  First to go in were 2 grape vines.  Right now they are just stuck here in the middle of the side yard grass, but never fear!  We will be building a really nice trellis/tunnel here a little later in the summer for them to grow on.


We also planted an Hals Almond tree.


And a Red Haven Peach.  We are a little late in the year to be planting bare root trees, but we couldn’t find what we needed locally and the company we ordered from took forever to get them delivered.


Also still to go in are these two Arctic Kiwi.  These were live plants so we figured we’d wait for the garden to dry out a bit first.


Of course we had plenty to harvest this week as well.  Mostly spinach and lettuce, but also a little Swiss Chard.  This was Fridays picking a whole box of lettuce and other greens.


After washing it all up we will be supplied with a bunch of yummy salads for the next few days.  Remind me to have Mrs. Stoney post her Poppy seed honey mustard dressing recipe, it’s fantastic!

This weeks totals are as follows:

Lettuce – 1.75 lbs

Spinach – .25 lbs

Total – 2 lbs

That brings our annual total to 41 pounds!  5% of our goal already!

I will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!

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  1. Daphne April 28, 2014 6:28 am Reply

    Lovely greens. I’m still waiting for my first salad. Impatiently I might add.

  2. Thomas April 28, 2014 12:08 pm Reply

    Beautiful lettuce! Unfortunately it’s way too cold here in Massachusetts to overwinter any. I’ve successfully kept lettuce alive through January but unfortunately, it ends up being way too bitter and tough to use.

    Good luck with the trees and shrubs.

    • Mr. Stoney April 28, 2014 10:13 pm Reply

      Thomas, the key is to plant it in mid September, they will only be small plants (not use-able yet) when the cold weather hits. They can then sit all winter in your cold frame and then they take off early in the spring! Try it some time our climates are pretty similar!

  3. mac April 28, 2014 1:50 pm Reply

    Beautiful lettuces you have there!
    We only got a few drops of rain, but it’s been cold and super windy the last few days, I think I planted my beans too early, they are probably rotting by now.

  4. Rachel @ Grow a Good Life April 28, 2014 3:51 pm Reply

    Your lettuce is gorgeous and your garden is filling in nicely. I would like to extend an invitation to you and your readers to join in on another gardening blog hop I am co-hosting beginning this Thursday called, “Green Thumb Thursday.” So far, there are 8 co-hosts. When you add your link, it will show up on all 8 blogs. It is a great way to meet new friends, share information, and get ideas from other gardeners. I hope to see you on Thursday!

    • Mr. Stoney April 28, 2014 10:14 pm Reply

      Rachel, Thanks for dropping by, I actually visited you site and heard about your hop earlier this morning. I’m excited to join!!

  5. Norma Chang April 28, 2014 4:31 pm Reply

    Glad you got some much needed rain. You are so far ahead of us with greens, I am still waiting patiently for my first lettuce harvest.

  6. Mary Hysong April 28, 2014 9:34 pm Reply

    I am jealous of your rain and your lettuce! Our winter months got almost no rain at all and Sat I just got a sprinkle. This is going to be a really tough year for the garden.

    • Mr. Stoney April 28, 2014 10:15 pm Reply

      I was worried about our summer too (I still am) but this storm sure helped!!

  7. Nancy Davis April 29, 2014 7:26 pm Reply

    Beautiful lettuce!!! You two sure know how to garden! Hope your tree do well for you. Nancy

  8. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) April 30, 2014 5:06 pm Reply

    Your lettuce looks wonderful! We finally got some rain too!

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