First harvest of 2017

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.

First harvest of 2017, a bunch of radishes

First harvest of 2017, a bunch of radishes

First lettuce of the year.

First lettuce of the year.

Sweet potatoes

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.

Nice, loose soil for the potatoes to grow in this year.

Nice, loose soil for the potatoes to grow in this year.

Yield from the first row (west most which gets the most sun)

Yield from the first row (west most which gets the most sun)

Middle row yield. Only two plants in this row, so harvest was lighter.

Middle row yield. Only two plants in this row, so harvest was lighter.

Yield from the third row. Had three surviving plants, but also got the least amount of sun.

Yield from the third row. Had three surviving plants, but also got the least amount of sun.

Yield from the third row. Had three surviving plants, but also got the least amount of sun.

Gabrielle helping to demonstrate the size of the potatoes this year.

All the sweet potatoes piled up together.

All the sweet potatoes piled up together.

Mid summer garden update

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.

Baby Sweet Corn

Baby Sweet Corn

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.

Yellow squash and Zucchini

Yellow squash and Zucchini

Always nice to get some red splashes in the garden. These cherry tomatoes were the first to break the red barrier.

First red tomatoes

First red tomatoes

Not a bad haul for one night in the garden. A good chunk of these will be passed around to the neighbors and coworkers.

More vegetables than we can eat

More vegetables than we can eat

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.

Can you spy the pest?

Can you spy the pest?

So far this Tomato Horn Worm has been the only one of its kind found so far this year.

How about now?

How about now?

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.

Sweet corn is nice and tall

Sweet corn is nice and tall

Annual family carrot harvest!

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.

Gabrielle with her first pick

Gabrielle with her first pick

Julia showing off the first two carrots she excavated. One looked okay, the other... a little deformed.

Julia showing off the first two carrots she excavated. One looked okay, the other… a little deformed.

Quite the handful of carrots

Quite the handful of carrots

Three handfuls of carrots this year

Three handfuls of carrots this year

Time to clean up the carrots before bringing them inside.

Time to clean up the carrots before bringing them inside.

Tasting the tiny carrot

Tasting the tiny carrot

This was carrot number THREE. I think she is part rabbit.

This was carrot number THREE. I think she is part rabbit.

Turbo-jet washed carrots

Turbo-jet washed carrots

Final view of the harvest. Looked a lot more impressive with all the greens on top.

Final view of the harvest. Looked a lot more impressive with all the greens on top.

 

Bring on the heat!

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.

First tomatoes of the year

First tomatoes of the year