Weekly Update: Week 26, Welcome Summer

last entire week was cool and damp, few sun breaks made its way here and there but temps did not warm even to 70s. Although mild and cool, day length is increasing and it’s showing. Spinach has started to bolt, I pulled it out. I remained very busy at work and there was very little progress on gardening front.

Whoohoo… I spotted some red and wow – there it was, very first ripe raspberry. Me and girls ran out to backyard, plucked sweet, ripe raspberry and shared it by 3. Sorry, No photo 🙂 To record, very first raspberry of the year was on June 17th! I still got cherries, blueberries and strawberries in line, although critters are also waiting it to ripen. My biggest menace is crows, last year crows got away with half of my ripe rainier cherries, birds got blueberries and slugs loved strawberries.  I have big plans to deter crows this year, I am ready to fight…

Sown: More wax beans, Tacoma bush peas
Transplanted: transplanted Daikon to big container. Daikon needs loose soil of 8+ inches to grow I think container might be good idea. we’ll see. Also I planted out just one tiny Ichiban eggplant and one unknown tomato plant
Harvested: last of spring fenugreek was harvested along with salad mix (lettuce, spinach, Micro greens – mustard and beets)

Harvest Photos

Last of the Spinach, about an ounce. I used it in kids’s spaghetti.

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Brocolli Raab (Rapini) and Salad Mix
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Last of the spring sown Fenugreek, I am storing it for use in next 3-4 days.
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Weekly Update: Week 23, last week of May 2010

I am getting slimed, there are thousands of slugs in the garden, yikes. Where did they all come from? Last 4-5 days, I managed to get rid of (read: squish) at least 80-90 of them. Most of them are baby slugs, only about 6-7 were big size guys. It is said that for every 1 slug you get to, there are 20 more hiding. This foggy, moist, rainy weather is not ending and slugs are loving it, they are everywhere. Damage is seen everywhere – fenugreek, radish, bok choy, chard, spinach, marigold. I read that slugs eat food equal to their body volume everyday, this is insane, it is time to take an action. I got Sluggo – Iron phosphate based slug killer today. I’ll report back on results in few days.

Question for you readers – can I still eat food infested by slugs? what about slime? I see big spinach leaves with small holes caused by slugs, do you throw these or still eat after washing?

Okay, now moving to some gardening news. It is said that “When Bearded Iris starts to bloom then transplant eggplant, peppers”.  Alright, bearded Iris is in bloom but do I trust yet to plant out eggplant and peppers? NO, not yet.  Not that I don’t trust phenology but weather is not warm enough for peppers and eggplants. Last year, I planted out peppers too soon and these stayed stunted for good 2 months, when weather warmed up i   n August then peppers started putting on growth. I think I’ll rather pot up eggplants and peppers, nurture them inside for some more time. I did transplant 3 bitter melon outside on Friday, these are dying I think, they did not take transplant well, are wilting and look pale.

Sown: None
Transplanted: Green beans and Yard long beans, Yellow and green squash, my lonely butternut squash seedling and few bunching onions. 3 Bitter melon seedlings.
Harvested: Fenugreek, half pound. some of it was slug damaged, I had to carefully throw away damaged, (about half of total), and triple wash it to remove any slime (there was some slime).

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Happy Growing.