Harvest Monday:7/23/2012 More of the same, blueberries begin

Sun and blueberries has started making a big appearance. Berries are still big in production.

On Tuesday,  we picked strawberries raspberries and peas.

 

Thursday brought in more raspberries and peas.

 


I noticed few blueberries ripening last week, I waited for a 1-2 sunny days to make them fuller and sweet. Picked few along with usual strawberries. Birds are eyeing blueberries, I had to protect with a wire net sheet. hope it helps. While driving to work, I noticed a cool thing couple days back. Someone along lake Sammamish has a big vegetable patch facing the road. He has big Blueberry patch, saw that he hung a kite on a long pole. Cool breeze from the lake has the kite flying all time deterring birds, very cool indeed.


Harvest Summary for week
Strawberries:  (115)
Raspberries: (80)
Peas: (50) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Blueberries: (22)

Harvest Monday: 7/16/2012 berry week

Big space in my backyard is for berries. Side yard has big strawberry patch which is in full production mode right now.  Raspberry is crowding in the space by the fence.  It might seem like all I post is berry harvest but it’s been that way for past weeks and may continue for 1-2 more.

On Sunday, we picked strawberries and raspberries.  It was a huge harvest, photo above is what lest after snacking, sharing with visitor and neighbor.


Few more berries were ripe on Monday.

I had not picked peas for some time, pea vines are slowly drying. Even though I am growing shelling peas, I like to eat the whole pods for snack. I don’t wait till it all swells up, I am picking peas when they are smaller. Thankfully variety I am growing isn’t fibrous, I am able to eat whole thing.  Tuesday I picked basket full of peas and again strawberries.



I made Pasta Salad for potluck event on Friday; quick run to backyard gave me few young pea pods and chives. All went into Pasta Salad.



To round up the week, we picked raspberries and Strawberries. Of course, we are not able to consume all the berries.  Most of it is going into the freezer.

Raspberries: (194) unknown variety, plants shared by friend 3 years back
Strawberries: (147) 2 varieties, unknown
Blueberries: (12) 2 smaller plants
Peas: (72) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 27
Chives:  1 bunch.

Happy Gardening!!

Harvest Monday: 7/9/2012 More Berries

Summer finally arrived in NW on July 4th, a good start to the summer. In our garden berries are making a huge appearances. We are picking berries almost every day.


We picked big bag full on Thursday – Strawberries and Raspberries. Raspberry plants need support? I never had heard of but outer few plants are heavy with fruits and are almost bending over and touching the ground. We got 3 small plants from a friend 2 years back, this is 3rd year berries are in production. Every year raspberries send out new plants, our gardener mistakenly hacked few plants by mistake earlier this year. We have 5-6 producing raspberry canes this year. Original 3 have died down after producing for 2 years.


Friday evening, picked few more strawberries – it was promptly used up Strawberry Shira. :)
This is a new recipe I tried this year. I added sliced and slightly pureed fresh strawberries to Rava (just like when I add Bananas). It cannot get any better – eating Strawberry dish with fruits picked an hour earlier.


First time this year, yes – first time for 2012, I watered plants and lawn. I hope warm weather stays. Today we picked lot more strawberries and raspberries. No picture though.


Raspberries: (73) unknown variety, plants shared by friend 3 years back
Strawberries: (66) 2 varieties, unknown

Harvest Monday: 7/2/2012 – Peas and Berries


Call it a fluke or call it a summer, SUN finally came out in Pacific Northwest. We welcomed its rare appearance here.   Sammamish farmers market was in full and crowded last Wednesday; fruits from Yakima Valley are rolling in – Cherries and Apricots along with early squash, peas, and cabbages. Tomatoes and warm weather fruits are yet to make an appearance. 2 days of preview summer was quick over and it turned overcast/rainy and cold again over the weekend. Hope 4thJuly makes official start to PW summer.

We went out to the garden and were able to pull peas, radishes and berries.

Peas: (52)  Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 27
Radishes: (2) French Breakfast, Ed Hume seeds, Planted May 13, harvested June 27
Raspberries: (54) unknown variety, plants shared by friend 3 years back
Strawberries: (34) 2 varieties, unknown

Linking this post to Daphne’s weekly showcase harvest :)

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June 2012 in Summary

Here are few garden notes for month of June: Overall June month in Seattle area was very gloomy.  Brilliant sunny April and May gave us some hope of better summer; June is making up for lost rain. So this gives good opportunity to transplant/ seed and not worrying about watering the garden. I haven’t watered my garden at all this year. I can see this as one benefit of living in this area.

Temperatures range for June in Sammamish:
Average High 65F  (Historical Avg High 70F)
Avergae Low  50F  (Historical Avg High 52F)
2.83 in Rain (Avg 1.57 in)

Okay, so we are running colder and soggier this June.


Seeds sown:

Spring Onion
Fenugreek
Broccoli (low germination)
Green Beans
Yellow wax beans
Dill
Carrots
Icicle Radish, Red Radish
Summer Squash
Parsley (did not germinate)
Watermelon (did not germinate)


Planting Out:

Winter Squash – Buttercup
Purple kohlrabi
beets
Brandywine Tomatos
Green Sorrel

Harvest Tally for June:
I am really lazy this year about tallying and weighing the harvest. I am enjoying more though. Before I was always paranoid about getting a photo of harvest before popping into the mouth, now that I have stopped worrying about harvest totals and yield, I am able to enjoy more.

But again, in June we harvested bunch of methi, bunch of sorrel(ambat chukka), few radishes, strawberries and raspberries.

Harvest Monday: 6/25/2012 First Fruits


Summer is here, hardly feels like it. Fruits berries and veggie patch is looking fuller and greener day by day. Constant rain in May June has only advantage – NO watering. I am yet to water veggie patch or even front lawn for this year. Occasional sun and constant rain is a little boon for cool loving vegetables. Methi, Sorrel, peas and cabbage are thriving.


First Strawberries were picked this week, just 2 on Tuesday, they were yummy.


Few more days, and first raspberries were ripe


I picked a lone swelled French Breakfast Radish, made it into carrots-radish-onion koshimbir.



On Sunday, I picked small bunch of fenugreek Methi. It wasn’t growing much as I planted it in wrong container. I also picked outer leaves of French Sorrel (Ambat Chuka), gave me enough to make methi-chuka bhaji for one meal. Few snap peas, snips of chives and few more berries rounded a nice Sunday harvest.


Harvest Summary for week
Strawberries: (2)
Raspberries: (3)
Radish: (2) French Breakfast, Ed Hume seeds, Planted May 13, harvest on June 19
Chives: few snips
Peas: (7) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Green Sorrel (1 bunch):
Fenugreek (1 small bunch)
Happy Gardening!

June Garden Tour on First day of Summer

June 21st marks first day of summer. Seattle area saw temperatures in 70s after many days (or weeks) of June gloom. There were so many good sunny days in April/May I almost did not expect June to be so overcast. But it was for first 3 weeks.

On first day of summer, here is small tour of the garden.

Various Containers:

A good friend has shared Mint cuttings with me last week, I have established it in a small container. Hopefully it will live.


Shoebox container with onion seeds just emerging.

 Bed 1:


Alaska type peas are forming; these will give a good harvest beginning next week.


Dill has emerged:)


Green Sorrel is just forming. I am hoping that these establish in this location. Looking forward to summer long of Chukka bhaji.


And finally, all above in one single shot. Clockwise – Wax bean seedlings, Green sorrel, Dill and peas on left of the photo.


Bed 2:


Here are Bright lights Chard and Purple Kohlrabi seedlings.  In the right corner of picture, young Methi seedlings have emerged.


One single shot of bed 2 – from clockwise: new seed planting of beans, fenugreek methi, overwintered beets that are bolting, I am hoping to collect seeds. And lastly 2 puny tomato seedlings which I am hoping to speed with homemade milk jar reenhouses.


Bed 5:

I have transplanted 4-5 small seedlings of winter squash (Buttercup) in the neglected space of my garden. This soil is not amended and I fear these plants are not going to be as vigorous as otherwise. I’ll wait and see.


French Breakfast radishes are bulbing up.


Apart from this, I have 3 volunteer potato plants growing up. These came up from missed tubers from last years. I am not complaining.
A local drugstore sells seedlings, I am watching closely till they slash prices of the seedling trays to 50 cents. I never tried buying such sale seedlings, shall try this year. let’ see what grows form it.

Harvest Monday: 5/21/2012 – Chard and overwintered beets


First big harvest of 2012 has arrived. I pulled all overwintered beets, chard and last of the sprouting broccoli. Most of 2011 sown plants are out of the garden. I kept 3 beets to let them bolt hoping to collect some seeds.

Beets: (16 roots + greens) Lutz, Ed Hume seeds. Planted late July 2011 harvested May 2012
Chard: (1 bunch) Bright lights, Ed Hume seeds. Planted June 2011 harvested May 2012
Broccoli: ( 1 cup sprouting shoots) Calabrese, American seeds. Planted 2011 Harvested 2012


Harvest Monday: 3/11/2012 First of the year

March is looking wet and cold. On a positive note, flower bulbs are poking out of the ground, fruits tree buds are pumping up.  And among other things, broccoli is sprouting. Overwintered Beets are looking better.
I decided to get small first harvest of the year 2012. Here are couple beets and broccoli sprouts.


Harvest Summary:
Beets – 2
Broccoli sprouts – half a cup

Harvest Monday 7/25/2011

 

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Last of the strawberries were picked this week. We managed to get about 120 or so from the last pick, there were so many still left on the vines but got slug damage. I did not pick berries with evident slug bites. I am happy with this year’s strawberry pick, plan to deter slugs from berries was successful. So with few still on vine (left for slugs to enjoy) strawberry for 2011 is done, managed to get about 230 fruits ( about 5 lbs.) I am happy to see harvests of some real greens since last 2 weeks, picked 3 bunches of Methi from spring sowing. I used greens to make lovely Methi Malai Muttor with basmati Rice. Yum. I can’t wait till next Methi is ready to use. I also picked chard and spinach. I was surprised to see chard growing in spring, from seeds sown last year. Since it was growing in place where I intended to plant Peas, I transplanted it to container. Big mistake, Chard did not like being transplanted and it refused to show vigor. For next year, I’ll be wintersowing chard as it comes up in Spring by its own. I am too impatient and I dug up 2 potato plants, one was sown and other was volunteer on last year’s spot. There were 6 small tubers, not bad. Raspberries continue to ripen, picked about 300 last week. We snacked on few and froze few. Now I have 2 bags (gallon size, filled about half) full of berries in freezer, Strawberries and Raspberries.

Linking to Daphne’s dandelions, where gardeners worldwide showcase their harvests. Gardeners from East are showing off their tomatoes while we in Northwest worry if we can even get a ripe tomato this year.

 

Harvest Monday 7/18/2011

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This week’s harvest has little green mixed in with red. I am glad to get some greens to make use in daily dinners. We picked many raspberries, 505 to be exact and yes, I counted. That’s almost 6 lbs there. Few days back, picked strawberries and more raspberries. Since we are not munching on those so much lately, I washed and froze the berries.  Snap peas wee promptly eaten raw by kids. Fenugreek was used to make methi-daal. Also harvested was 1 single potato from the volunteer plant.
Raspberries – #600 (7 lbs) Strawberries – #65 Peas (Tacoma alifa) – #22 Fenugreek (methi) – 2 bunches Potato – #1

Cold Garden

I am cold, my kids are cold, tomatoes are cold, even compost pile is getting cold.. in July. I am out wearing a polar fleece today. Summer is absent and Cliff Mass says it’s going to be absent for another couple weeks.  There’s persistent cloud cover that won’t budge, light is so dim we have to put indoor light on at 4pm. Only good news is I haven’t watered lawn at all this year, not even single time. Now who wants to trade spots with this part of the country? I don’t think peppers are going to survive this year, CVG doesn’t think either. Here’s walkthrough of garden – it’s cold and soggy.


DSC_0497Lettuce: (Black Seeded Simpson) in container. Seeds are from local ACE hardware shop. Sown on 14 June.

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Bush Beans: (contender and blue lake bush). Seeds are from trusted Ed Hume, sown on 12 June and 26 June. Last year’s beans were bountiful, I am growing them on same spot this year.

DSC_0495Peppers: (Nu Mex Joe Parker, Italia Sweet and Thai Orange) all of the pepper plants are bought from local Home Depot. Joe parker is getting big, ready to be harvested next week. Thai peppers are suffering from cold, yet to flower. Italia variety have 2-3 tiny peppers. Nothing looks promising in this cold. Heat loving plants like pepper and eggplant are definitely not loving this weather.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Squash aka Zucchini: (Black and Yellow) I sown 2 types, I don’t know which seedling is which, I lost track of what I sown. I guess I’ll find out in a month. Last year I was looking at zuk blossoms by this time, not sure what’s in store this year. Seeds come from Ferry Morse and Ed Hume. Sown on 13th June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0490Tomatoes: (Black Plum, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear and Roma). Look at my tomatoes, they look pitiful. Can you even spot 5 tomato plants here? Errr…. tomatoes are hating hating hating this weather, they are hardly growing, blossoms are falling off in cool, not setting any tomatoes. I have least expectations from Black plum but cherry types should set tiny fruits (usually I have seen cherry types setting fruit even in cooler weather.

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Mix of all – Clockwise from top – Snap Peas (Super Sugar Ann) , Chavali Beans (Asparagus Beans), Cabbage (pinetree early cabbage), Beans (Yellow was). This bed is mix of all – mix in weeds too. Plan is to harvest peas first, beans will get good space to grow, cabbage will be transplanted to peas space then.

 

 

 

 

 

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Methi, fenugreek in back and Beets in front. Fenugreek seeds are from local Indian store. Beets are early wonder. Methi will be ready as early as next week.

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Cucumber (Mucher): Cucumbers are growing very SLOW. It’s been 2 months and these aren’t even second leaf stage. Heat is absent and cukes are not liking it. I won’t even bother putting in trellis for another couple weeks.

Harvest Monday 7/11/2011

Last week’s harvest is mostly fruits and berries. Last few days of heat – 2 days above 80 and 4 days above 70 (Yeah, that’s what we call summer in Seattle) helped berries and fruits ripe. For 2 years I have lost cherries to crows, strawberries to slugs and raspberries to chickadee. This year I have been planning around saving a few for myself : ) I sprinkled generous amount of Sluggo every week for last 3-4 weeks near strawberry beds and slugs hiding spots. I noticeably saw slug population go down, I even found many dead slugs under rock slab, containers.
Harvested 132 Raspberries, 73 Strawberries and 265 cherries. That’s 3 lbs of cherries and strawberries each. Along with that there were 18-20 shell peas which kids munched on before photo opportunity.
Linking this post to Daphne’s Dandelions.

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Duh

“There are very few things to harvest this year, it seems so strange” I told my husband. He responded with YES. “I haven’t seen you much in backyard all spring long” He said.

So it dawned on me, To get Summer harvest, I have to kick start in Spring get soil prepping, sowing in Spring. Hmm. What was I doing all spring long? Well, life happened and things were just too busy. Not anymore.

All hope is not lost. Now I get it. To get Fall harvest, I have to start planting fall garden NOW.

Fruits of the Future

Trees and vines are showing hope, I can’t wait to test the sweet juicy plump fruits and berries.
June showers are promising bumper plump strawberries. Only if I can get to ripe ones faster than slugs. Eeeek. Like last year, I have a perfect plan to save strawberries. Let’s see how this battle plays out…

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Blueberries – I got 2 plants, these berries need 2 plants to help with pollination. One plant has few berries, other is not filled yet.

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Northwest Bing cherries – Black crows are as impatient as me. I am getting ready with arsenal to fight it out. Here comes CDs, flash tapes, my grandma’s old saree.

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Raspberries: I can’t believe how much raspberries have spread. Can you believe these were just 3 small canes couple years back? Raspberries are against back fence on rock wall.

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Seedling Hopes

Summer has started officially on June 21st 1:46PM, it hardly feels like it. In pacific Northwest, summer usually arrives after July 4th, it’s a magic date – Cold and rain sort of disappears for few weeks. It’s so sad that we have to count summer in weeks rather than months. Summer in Seattle – it never gets too hot, reaches 90 for couple days then back to 60s, Summer in Seattle is just like extended Spring – we just call it Summer.

Oh well, this year I fell back on planning and planting, starting seedlings. It just sorta got pushed on to backburner. My garden is in sad state right now, lack of sunlight is not helping anything either.

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Cucumber, Early Jalapeno and Basil seedlings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0338 (2)Shoebox containers with Shell Peas (Afila type bush peas), Broccoli Raab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Box 2 has methi, beets and onion seedlings. Only Methi has emerged so far. Lone butternut squash seedling shares space with other greens.