Always exciting to get the first harvest from the garden. This past week I picked radishes on Wednesday and and some lettuce for a salad on Thursday. I’ll once again have plenty of lettuce so if any of you who are nearby need some let me know.
Surprise! Despite the lack of posts this year, the garden does still exist. I still hope to write a sweet corn recap post as well, but will document the 2016 Sweet Potato harvest first.
Today I dug up the sweet potatoes and closed down the garden with this final harvest. So, how did they do? Check the pictures below.
I’ve continued to take pictures of the progress in the garden but just never get around to posting them. I’ll use this post to try and catch up a little.
Sweet corn experiment has been very educational. Biggest lesson so far is that I planted too much corn for the garden bed. While the plants have grown well enough, the overcrowding appears to be resulting in small and not fully formed ears. I hope to be getting my first few picked ears in a couple days and will post more details then.
As has been typical in past years, the yellow squash and zucchini get off to a good start, but it is only a matter of time until the squash vine borer puts and end to it. I’ve already pulled one of the squash plants and executed the squash murderers for their crime.
Always nice to get some red splashes in the garden. These cherry tomatoes were the first to break the red barrier.
Not a bad haul for one night in the garden. A good chunk of these will be passed around to the neighbors and coworkers.
I suppose if there were no pests, gardening wouldn’t be much of a challenge and therefore not much fun. Would be nice to not have to fight them all every year.
So far this Tomato Horn Worm has been the only one of its kind found so far this year.
Finally a view of the sweet corn from a bif of a distance away to see how tall it has gotten. If nothing else, we should have some decorations for Halloween this year.
Last night Karen picked some of the lettuce to augment a nice salad. Tonight (5/26/2016) it was time to harvest the first radishes.
Well, except the annual part as we didn’t grow carrots last year. And minus two of the five family members. Other than that, the headline is accurate. 🙂
This weekend, I decided to dig under all the bushy green carrot tops to see what was hiding underneath and had two excited helpers. Turned out, there were a few carrots hiding under there.
The temperature and humidity jumped up to ‘normal’ July levels this weekend and while some of the plants in the garden were not as thrilled with it, the tomatoes enjoyed the heat. Temperatures topped out around 90 with a heat index well over 100. There were some blushing brides earlier in the week but finally tonight there were a few that were red (or orange) enough to pick. They actually looked a lot redder until I brought them into the house. One poor fruit was still green but decided to jump ship early so I will see if it can ripen on the counter.
You never want to turn your back on them!
Due to the (still) more rain over the last two days, I was unable to make it out to the garden. This is what I found tonight.