Monday, July 30, 2012

Harvest Monday - July 30, 2012

Ok, I have been busy and didn't get around to doing any posts on before and after garden pics, since my return from the vacation!  I will get around to it this week...

As for the harvests, I am pretty pleased so far, not because I am hauling in huge harvests, but because the troublesome deer has been kept at bay.  Since my 7' tall fence and deer netting everywhere, I haven't been bothered by pesky deer eating my plants.  Touchwood!  It feels like such a huge victory not to have your plants eaten :)

From my perspective, my harvests are trickling in and I, myself am amazed by total harvests - when I have to do harvest Monday postings.  They do add up and pretty fast too!  Sometimes, I can't believe that my little garden is doing so much work:)

Harvested half of the onions this week.  I only plant red onions.  Onions started from seeds were just the size of, say a raspberry.  Has anyone successfully grown large red onions from seed in the same year?  If so, please let me know how to do it.  My plants died off and when pulled, there were tiny onions only.  The other set of onions pulled were those replanted from last year as they did not size up last year.  I had saved them and replanted.  Most of them were medium to small size.  The third set of onions is the pack of tiny red onions bought from Menards.  The plant has fallen and onions are mostly large to medium.  Will need to pull them in the coming weeks.  I guess I am not a very successful onion grower with no idea of how to improve for next year(:

Moving on, here are the harvest pics for the week that will be linked to Daphne's Harvest Mondays -

Blackberries(most eaten right off plants!), cucumber, beet leaves

First harvest of long beans!!
Lone zucchini
More long beans and first tomato of the season!

Cilantro, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers and long beans

Mint, cuke, beet, turnips

Replanted onion(tiny ones saved from last year) wasn't large (:

Still tinier onions grown from seeding (:  Will replant them next year.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Harvest Monday - July 23, 2012

I haven't posted anything in over a month!  That's because we were on a vacation to the other side of the world!  I will make another post on how the garden looked when I got back.  For now, it is all about what I harvested in the last week. 

The first task when I got back(other than weeding) was to pull garlic as the plants had turned brown and some of the browns had disintegrated!  They were not as large as last year, and I attribute that for lack of water/hot weather/non removal of garlic scapes which prevented a large bulb from forming.  This year, I plan to plant back most of the garlic in the fall and expand my garlic garden :)

For everyone else's harvests of the week, head on over to Daphne's Dandelions!


Zucchini and Turnips

Garlic (damaged when digging)

More Garlic

Radish pods and white Radishes





Lots of beet leaves and swiss chard

Radishes, Turnips and greens