Monday, 14 August 2017

Harvest Monday: August 14, 2017

OK well lots of things going on this week, although nothing new ... except garlic I guess.  The garlic was harvested weeks ago and has finally been dried and cleaned up for storage.

But back to the main events!  Tomatoes, potatoes, cukes, zukes and lots of peppers!   Plus cabbage. Busy day so I'm just showing some pics and will catch up on details later.  Looking forward to seeing what other gardeners are doing this week through Harvest Monday hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Harvest Monday: August 7, 2017

Thanks to the greenhouse, I've got a whack of cherry tomatoes!  These are Hahms Gelbe ... a dwarf determinate variety.  I have three plants, all of which are very productive.

And Mountain Princess tomatoes are ripening well also.

A first this week ... cukes!

Some old and some new ... the 8-ball zucchini is another first. Still have these Tromboncino that aren't quite forming properly. 

And the first carrots!

And here's a surprise repeat ... I don't normally harvest rhubarb this late in the year but there is so much of it still with this cool, wet summer we are having.  So another 5 pounds of rhubarb went into the freezer this weekend.  Also beans ...

And let's see what other gardeners around the world are doing this week by popping over to Harvest Monday hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Harvest Monday: July 31, 2017

Despite some minor flooding again early last week, we have had a fair amount of sunshine and some new crops are kicking in!  Well, one new vegetable at least - the Tromboncino squash above. I managed to grow a couple of these last year but didn't have much experience before the squash bugs destroyed the plant.  This year I appear to have close to a dozen already on their way.  I thought I had harvested this one too early but then I know that they all seem to start right away with the bulb on one end - not sure why this one didn't seem to form properly? 

And a "newish" old crop in the form of the overwintered radicchio (below).  It was starting to bolt and wasn't fully mature for the usual beautiful colours of the Palla Rossa Bella Radicchio.  Nevertheless, it was quite tasty in a pasta dish.

And more beans and cherry tomatoes.

I made a quick pickle with the Hungarian Hot Wax peppers I've been collecting in the greenhouse.  I also finally decided to pickle some garlic scapes which were still sitting in the fridge (I still have to clean up my garlic harvest, should be able to post that next week, pathetic as it is).

I suspect the variety will start improving as the summer veggies are finally kicking in. I'm looking forward to seeing what other gardeners are doing this week, so will be popping by Our Happy Acres for the Harvest Monday collection.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Harvest Monday: July 24, 2017

I still don't have much in the way of harvests, but at least I have enough quantity and variety for a few small meals now and then. Like this burrata and cherry tomato salad:

And a side of potatoes and broccoli with a drizzle of truffle oil:

I've had several meals of Thibodeau De Comte Beauce, a fresh heirloom bean that I am growing for the first time - originated in Quebec Canada.  Here is one harvest shown below with some Royal Burgundy beans.

Ooh, and I am still picking a few (a very few) red and black raspberries from the various bushes growing wild around my yard.

And, unfortunately, that's about all I have to say for this Harvest Monday!  But the cukes and summer squash plants (planted in hay bales) are well on their way to producing very soon (likely this coming week).   This is two tromboncino plants in the same bale.

I highly recommend you pop on by Our Happy Acres to see what other gardening folks are doing around the world.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Harvest Monday: July 17, 2017

Wow, it's been 3 weeks since I've had any new harvests to share which is a solid indicator of my garden this year.  The constant rains and little sunshine have wrought havoc on many plants. Anything I have still in containers (whether temporarily for transplants or permanent such as potatoes) is suffering from too much water and I'm constantly tilting over containers to remove excess water.  That's one reason why I have harvested 2/3 of the garlic crop as shown above - it just seems too wet and I didn't want to risk any rot.  I've left the smallest of them in for another couple of weeks.

So far, I have harvested only 8 kg of food, with more than half of that rhubarb (and mostly frozen, not eaten).  And the garlic scapes make a large proportion of the rest.

But I have finally had my first (small as it is) harvest of greens.  

Lettuce, arugula and spinach seem to be suffering the most with the rain and lack of sunshine.  My entire harvest from yesterday has a bit more variety, but somewhat embarrassing in quantity.  And quality ... the cherry tomatoes in the upper left-hand corner are destined for the compost bin - they are  stunted and too tough to eat.

A few tomatoes, potatoes, berries and hot peppers

But the squash plants (both summer and winter) are looking well as are the carrots and a few other crops, so I still have faith in this gardening season!  In the meantime, some parting shots of the bunnies and wild turkeys who lurk about my yard when I'm not actively outside.

One of two adult bunnies ... which means there may be many more!

Two adults and five babies this year

I look forward to checking out Harvest Monday posts at Our Happy Acres to see what other gardeners around the world are doing this week!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Harvest Monday: June 26, 2017

This is how desperate I am to show something I've harvested - a handful of wild strawberries. Ha!  Wild strawberries grow everywhere in my yard.  And I mean everywhere.  I cannot be bothered to harvest any due to the effort involved.  The biggest one shown above is still smaller than my smallest fingernail.  And I can't eat the ones that grow throughout my lawn as I don't like the idea of the contamination of gas from the mower.

But what the heck - I was hanging about the greenhouse yesterday and noticed many plants surrounding the edges of the greenhouse and thought I'd grab a few.  Amazing flavour, by the way, but still not quite worth it for me.  Besides, if I leave the wild strawberries to the bunny living in my yard, he/she might just keep away from the goodies in my garden.

Not a great pic, but shows how big it is!

And I'm happy to say that garlic scapes are now available.  I've harvested less than half (shown below) and will leave the rest for a week or so as they were a bit smaller.

And I'm not entirely sure how to deal with the Egyptian walking onions.  They seemed to be leaning in the wrong direction with the new clusters (the flowers??).  So I pulled a few to clean them up and pushed them towards the area I wanted the new growth to go - will see how it goes.  In the meantime, I think I just use them as I would spring onions and the bulbs to be treated like regular onions, just a bit smaller?  Looking for advice here.

Overall, the spring has been a bit difficult here with lots of rain and not much sunshine.  I have not had any greens at all yet, despite several seedings, but expect some pretty soon.  As always, I look forward to seeing what other gardeners are doing around the world by checking in at Harvest Monday hosted by Our Happy Acres.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Greenhouse Peppers and Tomatoes

This seems like a good time to share an update on my pepper and tomato plants, because check it out - I have a single ripe tomato already!  OK, it's an anomaly ... mostly I just have flowers and a few very immature fruit on the vines. 

This one is Andrina.  I admit I was suspicious of the description of an "extremely dwarf" tomato plant reaching to only 6" high.  But here they are in full bloom.  In fact, these plants are so short, it is a challenge to remove enough lower leaves so they aren't touching the soil (to avoid rot when watering). 

 I have several of these in the greenhouse, along with many other plants.  They fit in well for now, but in a few months it will be a bit crowded and I will need to use a fan to move the air around a bit.

Another dwarf tomato plant I am growing, though not quite so short, is Hahms Gelbe with yellow cherry tomatoes.

All other tomato plants that I am growing this year are planted outside (Sophie's Choice, Mountain Princess, Forme de Couer and the only indeterminate tomato this year ... Gregori's Altai).  I also have about 15 pepper plants outside of the greenbouse, but here is a quick look at some inside:

Ancho pepper plant

Sweet red pimiento and jalapeno peppers

Feher Ozon - paprika pepper

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax are always the first of the season to develop fruit.  I have at least one of each of the following pepper plants in the greenhouse but also 2-3 of each outside in either hay bales or a dug garden space:

- Ancho
- Hungarian Hot Wax
- Super Red Pimiento
- Feher Ozon
- King of the North
- Jalapeno
- Gypsy
- Corno di Toro

It is looking promising so far, but weather is such a huge factor with peppers and tomatoes. Today is a great hot day to kick start some of the plants outside as they were planted a bit late.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Harvest Monday: June 12, 2017

I've just returned from a Mediterranean Cruise and I am looking forward to get back into the swing of things here. It was challenging to be away during the time when I would normally be putting most of the garden in place and I had to pot up most of my tomato and pepper seedlings into larger pots just before I left. Most are now in their final spot with a few remaining to take care of this week.

I ate a lot of amazing meals while I was away but heavy on the seafood and meat ... and was very much looking forward to some fresh greens when I got home. Unfortunately, the weather here was not so great with a lot of rain, and the greens aren't ready for a cutting yet.

I am happy that I was able to get a bit more asparagus although most of that season passed while I was gone (a friend popped by once or twice to pick what was available so it wouldn't all go to waste).  And all of that rhubarb in the main picture went straight into the freezer.

I pulled the last of the Easter egg radishes as they were starting to bolt and I now need the space in the greenhouse for my pepper plants.

Once I am caught up on my yard work, I will share an update on the peppers and tomatoes that I'm growing this year.  And I will be popping over to Our Happy Acres to see what everyone else has going on in their gardens on this Harvest Monday.