August 2013: week 3

This has been a week of Greens…

We harvested bunch of Kale – lacinto, shared with friends.

kale lacinto

Big head of red sails lettuce was pulled, this was more than enough for 2 lunch salads.

red sails lettuce

and 3 bunches of Methi leaves (pictured below harvest from 1 container)

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Looking forward to colors next week…

August 2013 week 2

I am growing Walla Walla sweet onions, variety in farmers market is giant, but mine aren’t getting too big. Garden setting, no fertilizer, shade and cooler temperatures make a lot of difference! 

Many onion types start to form a bulb when the temperature and the number of daylight hours reach certain levels. Varieties listed as short-day onions bulb up when the day length is between 12 and 14 hours. Long-day onions, on the other hand, begin to form a bulb when the day length is between 14 and 16 hours.

Walla Walla onions are Long day types, these start developing roots when day length is about 12-13 hours, right around June-July. Planting time has to be perfected so onions are ready to bulb up by June. Next year, I might plant these earlier and in more fertile space to get maximum yield. In all, not bad for the first year 🙂

How do I know when to harvest Onions?
Once fully developed and mature, onions drop tops, green tops bend over. Something like this –

Onions tops falling

It’s time to harvest onions….

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and  More potatoes, onions,  arugula, few peas…

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and some more…

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Happy Gardening!

Early August Garden Tour

Garden looks green and sunny in early August. Here’s a small tour…

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(L to R)  Onions, green beans, Red Sails Lettuce, Broccoli, blue curled Kale and sorrel

 

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Fenugreek (methi) growing in pot

 

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Mostly Kale, beans and basil here

 

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Kale, Carrots, lettuce and assortment of pepper plants

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New addition – Tomatillos, assorted squash plants, tomatoes, cucumber and methi

 

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Close view of methi and cucumber seedlings

Looking forward to bountiful summer…

August 2013 week 1

June July has gone and we’re into August now, we are left with month and half of warm weather. Around Pacific NW, first frost usually arrives late October, I have been tracking it last 4-5 years and most years it was Oct last week. Plants grow well into September but go into semi-dormant mode after.

So the growing season is in full swing early August. Other things in life (camping, hiking and summering) are taking over life, leaving less time to spend in garden. (It shouldn’t be this way really). Its slow time now, but soon I have to gear up planting for fall/winter.

There’s none planting going on. Here’s what’s harvested:
 

potato harvest 
Red Sails Lettuce and red potatoes

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Potatoes dug out and early carrots

 

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This is how potatoes look like upon harvest
 

 

 

 

Methi is almost ready to be harvested…

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