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Monday Harvest Report – August 10, 2015

We had a beautiful weather week. We started out with a really good rain storm on Monday followed by 4 days in the high 80’s and another day of rain Friday and into Saturday. That meant we didn’t need to water the garden at all this week, which is super unusual for Utah in August!

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We had our largest harvest week so far this year and more that half of it came from our beets. Friday night we braved the rain storm and dug up all our beets so that we could pickle them. This basket full is what was left over after we did two batches of our favorite pickled beets. The left overs will be eaten up or given to neighbors.

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We also had a mess of beet greens! We are not huge beet green fans, we did eat a few, but most of these went to neighbors.

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Of course we had the normal harvests for this time of year.  Cherry tomatoes and the last of the broccoli side shoots.  I went out to harvest the broccoli and discovered the plants were infested with a bunch of aphids.  So I took off the last of the broccoli and tore out all the plants to prevent them from spreading to the tomatoes and the rest of the garden.

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The zucchini continues to produce faithfully, giving us 2 or 3 nice fruit per week.  We are also starting to see a few more cucumbers.

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We had three total cucumbers this week, but the plants are loaded and I expect we will have 10 or more next week.

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We also dug a few potatoes and turned them into Potato Pancakes for breakfast on Saturday.  Yum!  We got the recipe from a blogging friend Kelly over at Little Fall Creek.  Follow this link for the recipe.  They were awesome!!

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We had two pickings of strawberries and raspberries, both totaling a pound each.

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It was finally time to clean up and weigh the garlic.  We had a decent harvest this year.  The total was 5 pounds.  Not bad, but it will only last us 3 or so months.  I’m really going to have to find more space in the garden for garlic next year!

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We also got a basket of herbs, basil and chamomile.

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And this bunch of New Zealand spinach.  This NZ spinach comes from a volunteer plant that was in the way when we were planting our fall garden, so we pulled it out and it will make some nice salads for the next week!

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Speaking of the fall/winter garden.  We got it planted this week.  We are officially a week late as I normally target August 1st for my planting date.  But some family parties and all that rain got in the way.  We finally got carrots, spinach, chard and lettuce planted in this bed late Saturday.  And I also got some seedlings started indoors.

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This tray of lettuce, 3 kinds of broccoli and kale will get planted some time this week.  The plants just need a few days to harden off out in the garden.

Here’s this weeks totals:
Potatoes – 4.25 lbs
Tomatoes – 1.75 lbs
Cucumbers – 1 lbs
Beets – 20 lbs
Beet Greens – 1.50 lbs
NZ Spinach – 1.50 lbs
Zucchini – 3.25 lbs
Berries – 2 lbs
Herbs – .25 lbs
Broccoli – .50 lbs
Garlic – 5 lbs
Total – 41 lbs

That takes us over the 200 pound mark for the year and lands us at 219 pounds total!

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The Monday Harvest Report
Good Morning Monday
Misadventure Monday
The Tuesday Garden Party

 

From The Farm Hop – August 7, 2015

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Monday Harvest Report – August 3, 2015

After a week of heat in the mid 90’s we woke up this morning to rain and high 70’s.  We have been swamped with preparation for my in-laws 50th anniversary party all week and I hadn’t even noticed that rain was in the forecast so it was a very pleasant surprise!!

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We are definitely in that “in between” time in the garden.  This weeks totals were pretty small over all but lots of variety!  Here’s the first Harvest basket for the week.  It included a very nice picking of basil and some chamomile, which are on the drying screen now.

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Later in the week we had a nice picking of broccoli side shoots, about a 1/2 pound of berries and a bunch of cherry tomatoes!  The one Sun Sugar tomato plant is giving us a dependable harvest of around a pound of ripe cherries about every other day now.  And the second plant has started to produce as well.

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Saturdays harvest included a few Early Girl tomatoes to go along with the cherries.  Also notice in the top right our first cucumber of the year.  It’s nothing spectacular as it looks like it had some pollination problems.  But it was small but tasty!  The broccoli side shoots have really slowed this week.  We had about 1/2 what we did last week.  The tomato plants are really starting to encroach on them and shade them so I think this coming week may be our last broccoli for a while.

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I picked this mess of beets to give to a neighbor, it was a special request, small beets with lots of greens!  We have a bunch more beets to get harvested this week.  We just haven’t had the time to get them pickled so I’ve left them in the ground for now.

There were a few more tomatoes scattered though the week that I didn’t get pictures of and a couple of nice sized zucchini that almost got a way from me and were a little larger than we normally like.  But they got cut up and frozen before I could get pictures.  We also harvested a few leaves of kale.

Be sure to check back later in the week.  I spent the weekend building a very nice grape arbor in our side yard.  I’m excited to show you pictures of the finished product and to do a little tutorial on how I built it!

Here’s this weeks total:
Kale – .25 lbs
Broccoli – 1.25 lbs
Beets – 2.25 lbs
Tomatoes – 4 lbs
Zucchini – 3.75 lbs
Mix berries – 1 lbs
Herbs – .25 lbs
Total – 12.75 lbs

That brings our annual total to 178 pounds all from the home garden.  Next week should see the beginnings of the real summer harvests, with more cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, garlic, and maybe (just maybe) the first sweet corn from the borrowed garden!

I will be sharing this post on several blog hops this week, including the following:

The Monday Harvest Report
Good Morning Monday
Misadventure Monday
The Tuesday Garden Party

From The Farm Hop – July 31, 2015

Wow, where is the summer going!  July is over already.  I guess the one positive is we only have about 30 more days of hot weather!

 

The garden is doing great!  There will be lots to talk about on the Monday Harvest report.  So be sure to come back then.

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Monday Harvest Report & Late July Garden Tour

The garden is humming along again this year.  Our annual total is still almost 30 pounds higher than last year which is awesome.  I thought this week I would do my harvest report and then give you a quick tour of both of the gardens!  Let’s start with what we harvest this week.

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We had two very similar harvest baskets this week.  The first was full of broccoli side shoots, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini and even a few raspberries.

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The second one harvested on Saturday had more of the same.  More zucchini this time and more broccoli.  And if you look close the first “real” tomato of the year!

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This is a early girl tomato and really should have been the 3rd tomato of the year.  But we are really having a problem with Magpies, which is something I’ve never struggled with before.  We have a whole mess of them hanging out in the neighborhood and they seem to have zeroed in on my garden!!  They ate both of the first 2 tomatoes that were ready.  This is really late for us to be just getting our first tomato, but a weird spring along with some major damage that happened to this plant kind of set us back.  I expect we will start seeing a lot more tomatoes in just a week or two.

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And the last harvest for the week was the last of the cold frame planted potatoes.  This little 8 x 4 patch did really well for us this year.  We were just a little bit shy of 40 pounds and the harvest lasted over 6 weeks.  We will have a few weeks without any potatoes, but we should be able to start harvesting the May planted potatoes around mid August.

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In fact here’s a shot of the May planting.   They have already bloomed, so technically I could start harvesting any time, but I like to let them size up a bit!

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Beets will be the next major harvest from the garden.

 

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If we can find the time we will dig up most of this patch this week and pickle them!  Yum!

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The onions are sizing up nicely!  You can see on these Candy onions the tops have already started to fall over.

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It’s interesting to see the difference between the Candy & the Copra’s.  The Candies are sizing up and the tops have fallen where as these Copra’s still have a ways to go and the tops are holding strong!

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The raspberries are starting to ripen with some consistency.  Another week and we will be picking every other day.

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We planted this patch of Caroline Raspberries only last year.  Just look at how well this patch has filled in!  I can’t believe this patch is only 1 year old!

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The pop corn is also doing well.  We have about 10 hills of corn like this, we are hoping for around 100 ears of corn this year!

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Blossoms on the cucumbers mean it won’t be long now!

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I’ve made a few changes to the trellis and I’m happier with how the plants are climbing this year.

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We are still getting quite a few side shoots from the broccoli, but the tomato plants are crowding the plants so I don’t think I will be able to keep them in much longer.

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Speaking of tomatoes!  Lots of Sun Sugars coming along, we get a hand full every other day.

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The Early Girls are also doing well.

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The other 14 plants were put in 6 weeks later than the others 2 so we are just now starting to see flowers.

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And even a few fruit set!

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The beans are doing well, this bed is a mix of a burgundy (bush) string bean and Blue Lake pole bean.  This bed was succession planted over about 5 weeks time, so that is why you see the vast difference in the size of the plants.

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If you look close you can see a few of the pole beans are flowering!

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These beans are new to our garden this year.  They are called Black Coco and although they can be eaten as a string bean, we are growing them as a dry black bean!

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The always dependable Black Beauty zucchini is flowering like crazy.  We are getting 3 or 4 small fruit a week now!  So many that we can’t keep up with them fresh and have started to freeze some for the winter.

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This is the only celery plant that really survived the 18 million inches of rain our garden got in May, and of course the only one to survive is too close to the zucchini so I’m not sure how it will do.

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We have two kinds of kale growing right now that give us a few leaves each week.  This one is Vates.

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This is Red Russian.  Both seem to be having some aphid issues that if I can’t control right away will cause me to rip these plants our so the aphids don’t spread.

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We do have a few heads of summer crisp lettuce that are getting close to harvest, but I didn’t get nearly enough planted this spring.  Again those May rains are coming back to haunt us.

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The strawberries are looking good.  This patch was a little stressed in June but seems to have bounced back now that the temperatures have moderated a bit.

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And here’s one of the strawberries in the new patch.  The plants are well enough established now that I’m letting the blossoms stay!

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And here’s a quick shot of the borrowed garden.  Everything here is just a little behind for this time of year.  Those dang May rains kept us from getting this garden planted until after June 1st.  So I’m worried our production here might be down a bit this year.  The first planting of corn (on the right) is just now starting to tassel, the second planting is still 3 or more weeks away.

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The potatoes for the most part look really good.  But we did have some real germination issues in a few spots here this year.

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These are more of the Black Coco beans.  Notice how much better these plants look.  It’s because the soil in this garden is so much healthier.

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This is another new plant for us.  This is a pumpkin that has a hull-less seed.  We love pumpkin seeds and thought we would try these out this year.  Blossoms mean fruit will be on the way soon.

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There are also blossoms on the Crenshaw melons.

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The Watermelon.

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And the Cantaloupe.  I’ve even seem some fruit set on the cantaloupe!

Well they you go!  A tour of the Stoney Acres gardens for late July.  Another 3 weeks or so and we will be drowning in produce!

 

Here’s this weeks totals:
Kale – .50 lbs
Potatoes – 9.75 lbs
Tomatoes – .65 lbs
Broccoli – 2.25 lbs (holy cow, all side shoots!)
Zucchini – 4.35 lbs (the neighbors better start locking their cars)
Strawberries – .35 lbs
Total – 17.85 lbs

Our annual total now stands at 165.50 pounds! All from the home garden!

I will be sharing this post on several blog hops this week, including the following:

The Monday Harvest Report
Good Morning Monday
Misadventure Monday
The Tuesday Garden Party

Monday Harvest Report – July 20, 2015

We had a very beautiful, cool week.  Highs were in the high 80’s or low 90’s and that is the forecast for the coming week as well!

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This week was a pretty standard week.  We are again in that “in-between” time frame where there isn’t a ton coming out of the garden as we are waiting on all the warm season veggies to take off.  This is our harvest basket for Wednesday.  Yes that is our first zucchini for the year!!  Valerie and the kids were excited!  This one was cut up and eaten raw, which is currently our favorite way to eat zucchini!

Also in this basket is the first picking of the summer strawberries.  The patch is blooming pretty consistently now so we should start seeing berries again, they will last right up till the first snow!

We are also getting a handful of sun sugar tomatoes like that one about every other day now.  And we had several harvests like the one in the picture of both basil and chamomile this week.

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This photo shows you most of Saturdays harvest,  another zucchini, more broccoli side shoots and a few potatoes that actually came from a volunteer plant in the tomato bed.  I forgot to take a photo of the last couple of kale harvests, but we got about a pound.  Also not pictured was the big bunch of potatoes I dug up Saturday afternoon.  Another 7 pounds from only 3 plants!  There are about 4 or 5 plants left from the early cold frame planting, so I’m hoping for around another 10 pounds!  It was a really good year for our small cold frame patch!

Now we are just in that waiting zone, we have blossoms on the cucumbers, peppers, beans and melons.  The beets are sizing up and should be ready this week.  The onion tops are dying back, the raspberries are in full bloom and best of all the tomatoes have started setting fruit!!  Soon we will be drowning in produce!

Here’s this weeks totals:
Kale – 1 lbs
Potatoes – 8 lbs
Broccoli – 1 lbs
Tomatoes – .50 lbs
Zucchini – 2.25 lbs
Strawberries – .25 lbs
Totals – 13 lbs

That makes our total for the year just shy of 148 pounds, for comparison that is about 40 pounds ahead of last year!

From the Farm Hop – July 17, 2015

We have had a beautiful week here in Utah with highs in the low 90’s all week.  Perfect tomato growing weather!!  And we are expecting a nice rain shower for the weekend!!

Enjoy this weeks From the Farm Hop!

 

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