Saturday, June 24, 2017

Garden Update: State of the Garden


    It's been a few years since I posted something on this blog.  It's not that I wasn't gardening, just did not find time since went back to work full time.  So here's how my garden looked yesterday -

View from the deck  - my main kitchen garden

Three apple trees  - tiny apples bagged 

Tomatoes and chili peppers

cucumbers in the pot this year

Snake gourd plants

Blueberry plants

Raspberry shrubs

What's growing in your garden this year?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Harvest Monday - Oct 28 2013

Deceptively, these harvests are all the last ones being harvest on 10/17.  We had a frost on Oct 19 this year, which is almost a whole month later than forever(or since I started to garden:).  I did not have to cover plants, protect plants or even worry about frost this year!  What a great garden year! 

For all other harvests this week, please visit Daphne's Dandelions.

These are the last harvests before I started cleaning off the yard in preparation for next spring...
Bell peppers
Eggplants, bittergourds, sweet peppers
Green chillies

Monday, October 14, 2013

Harvest Monday - 10/14/2013

I still have some harvests coming in....It has been a long harvest season this year!  Yes!  I'm loving it.  Here goes the pictures for this week.

Red and green bell, eggplants, snakegourds, bittergourds, long beans
Tomatoes, cantelope
(Sorry for the shade from the window!) Eggplants, chili peppers, beans, onions, kohlrabi.
Tomatoes, mint, longbeans, bell peppers
Long sweet peppers, green tomatoes
Tomatoes, dried beans, bell pepper, eggplant, seed pod for snakegourd.
For all other harvests this week, please visit Daphne's Dandelions!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Harvest Monday - 10/7/2013

I am posting two weeks worth of harvest in this post.  I just didn't get around to posting last week.  Since I don't have as much photos to share, should be alright posting them all in one post :) 

We are at the tail end of our harvests for this year.  Usually frost comes around the week of Sept 22, but not this year.  I 'm still waiting for news on the first freeze as that is the time when I go through  left over harvests and pick the garden clean.  This year, all my tomatoes are almost done ripening and so too with other vegetables.  I am totally satisfied with all the harvests and will not be scrambling to cover anything from the first freeze, like I usually do.  For a change, I am ready to let the garden go this year...

From 9/24 to 9/30 -

Tomatoes and apples
One of my heirloom Brandywine set exactly 8 total fruits, with exceptional sizes!
(One more is still to change color)
Partly infected Sweet 16 and Honeycrisp apples
Sweet 16 apples
Honeycrisp apples
Red bell, cukes, long beans, snakegourds, tomatoes
From 10/1 - 10/7 -
Carrots, beets, red bell, long beans
Watermelons and cantelopes
First of the peanut plant
Bell pepper, basil, parsley
Mint, basil, parsley
For all other harvests visit Daphne's Dandelions this week.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Harvest Monday - 9/23 Part II

So this is my Part II of the harvest Monday.  Date range from 9/17 to 9/23.  Check out Part I here.

Snakegourds, zucchini, pepper, tomatoes
Red bell, chillies, tomatoes
Turmeric leaves
Fenugreek leaves, turmeric leaves
Snakegourds, long beans, bittergourds, apples, cukes, red bells, eggplants.
More fallen apples, tomatoes, eggplants, chili peppers, snakegourd.
Green chillies
Banana peppers, eggplants, tomatoes
Green long peppers(sweet), bell peppers, snakegourd, apples.
For all harvests around the world, visit Daphne's Dandelions!!

Harvest Monday 9/9 - 9/16 Part I

I didn't get around to posting last week's harvest again!  This time my excuse is that I was busy trying to use up all the apples that we harvested on 9/15.  So I am going to have to make 2 parts to this post.  one from 9/9 to 9/16 and the next one from 9/17 to 9/23.  It's just a lot of pictures and also I would like to know looking back what was harvested and when. 

Half of apples on two trees - Sweet 16 and Honeycrisp, were harvested.  The ones without plastic baggies were falling off everyday, so we decided to pick them off the trees and work with them before harvesting the bigger and relatively bug free apples.  It was a huge lot of apples to process, especially because we only eat fresh and apple pies.  So about 9 quarts of apple pie filling were made and canned.  I gave away a big bag to my neighbor for making apple sauce, made a few batches of apple turnovers and then onto milkshakes for the kids.  Still couple dozen is now in the fridge...

I should say that we've had a really wonderful gardening season in 2013.  It started out late but with temps below average for months of July and August and the nice rains we had, really helped set the fruits and ripen them before the dreaded frost.  So currently,  we as a family are floating in fruits and vegetables.  I am also very glad that I could share the bounty with neighbors and friends!  I believe it is better to have more than you want, so we can easily be generous with sharing :)

Cantelopes, broccoli, tomatoes and snakegourd
Basil and Parsley
Green chillies fills up a 5 gallon pail
Long beans, fallen apples, snakegourd, beans, zucchini, yellow squash, cukes, dried beans
Fenugreek leaves, cilantro, peppers
Snakegourds, cantelopes, peppers, cukes etc.,
Sweet 16
 Sweet 16
Kohlrabi, cantelope, snakegourds, zucchini
The ones in plastic baggies still need to be harvested...
Garlic all cleaned up!
Collection of tomatoes that I need to work on...