Monday, June 20, 2011

Harvest Monday - June 20 2011

This week has been sad, in terms of gardening.  We've had deer problems. Inspite of the fence, deer has nibbled on lots of plants in different areas of the garden - Swiss chard, Peas, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Beans.  It actually got inside of one garden and rest it was able to eat the plants from the sides of the fence.  In all the years of having the exact same fence, we've never had deer either get into them or even graze from the sides.  It was hearbreaking to see all the budding peppers and tomatoes eaten!!  We have a really short summer, so I'm wondering if those that were eaten will bounce back and produce in time.  I've been reading online about something to ward off the deer and found a couple tricks that might work in our garden.  If you have something that worked for you, please let me know.

On to Harvest Mondays - Daphne hosts this every Monday, where gardeners can post their weekly harvest.  I've had some new and interesting harvest this week.  This was the first time we've been able to harvest Strawberries.  Inspite of my "extra security" a couple of them were partially eaten.  Also, Garlic scapes were new to us.  They were really delightful just sauteed in olive oil and seasoning salt.  White radishes were first of the season.  Overwintered carrots started to flower, so pulled them up.  They were just a few, but tiny and I won't be overwintering them again.  Asparagus is still producing!

Asparagus harvest #1

Garlic scapes

Asparagus harvest#2


Greens from white radish

White radishes


Overwintered carrots


  1. Oh gosh I am so sorry to hear about your deer damage. I know, for our apple trees, they say to ward off deer you can place bars of soap into nylons and hang them from the trees and/or cut dryer sheets into strips and tie the strips around trees. Maybe try one of these options tied on your fence.

  2. Your harvest looks great - love the white radishes! Your asparagus harvests are amazing. We have had trouble with deer, too. Someone said to put cut hair in the garden - the smell of humans would drive them away. I haven't been brave enough to try that solution. I think next year we're going to try fencing in the garden. Good luck!

  3. We only deal with the deer in Alabama but the plot is much larger and we wimply plant enough both for us and them. Then again it's wheat and corn, not succlent veggies. Good luck with your problem.

  4. Sorry to hear about the deer problems =( Your strawberries look good though!

  5. We have lots of deer too...boooo! But your harvest still looks wonderful. I've never tried white radishes before!

  6. Well despite the deer invasion you had a very good harvest this week.

    I am sure it was totally frustrating to find so much was damaged by their visit.

  7. I don't have deer here so I haven't a clue how to control them. My mom had an 11' fence and occasionally they would still get in. But they couldn't get out then and would trample everything. She had to open the gate and leave to get them to get out of the garden.

  8. If you cut the garlic scapes are you going to have garlic ?

  9. Those white radishes look like parsnips! Very cool. I was hoping to harvest some asparagus this year, but that didn't happen. I hope next year!!

  10. Thanks everyone for your tips! I think I responded earlier, but now find that entry missing (:

    Andrea - Yes, garlic will form plus you get to eat scapes, they're really tasty!

    meemsync - White radishes, are also known as daikon. They're really easy to grow, just like red radishes.