July 2013 Week 1: New Bed

Summer weather is embracing PNW, we are seeing 70s and occasional 80s (Yes, that’s height of summer!). My shade garden is in production mode.

I need more space to transplant tomatoes and maybe some squash plants. Just beyond one of the vegetable beds, there is some space that I may use. I am going to try to build a temporary bed over there. Here are some of the efforts –


Step 1 – define perimeter and set up wood planks

 

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Step 2 – Define the temporary  space to build vegetable bed. Dig.. Dig .. Dig

 

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Step 3 – Gather and throw away rocks, roots etc and remove.

 

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Step 4 – Mix in compost, potting soil, manure etc

 

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Step 5 – Transplant, sow something… Below is picture of same space in 10 days.

 

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Tomato transplants, squash plants, fenugreek, cucumbers and garbanzo beans growing here.

 

This is still work in progress, I am planning to plant cucumbers, tomatoes, squash in here. Hopefully I can post updated photo with actual veggies growing in here…

Apart from garden additions, there was some harvest from garden.

Sorrel leaves were picked to mix in with daal.

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More strawberries

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and some chard

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This week’s harvest:
Green Sorrel – 1 bunch
Strawberries – 4 cups
Raspberries – 2 cups
Chard – 1 bunch

Happy gardening!

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May 2013 Week 4: Harvest update

Busy week at work is keeping me away from gardening, it will continue for another couple weeks. I am going to garden just to harvest few things here and there. My next couple posts will be only harvest updates.

 

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Dinner salad is baby spinach, kale, chard, arugula and lettuce – butter crunch and red sails. I topped it with walnuts, cranberries, some apple and drizzle of goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s.

 

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Sorrel picking

Also picked 2 bunches of sorrel to share with friends.

Happy Gardening!

March 2013: week 2 sowing begins

Spring is in the air, weather is warming up and daffodils are in bloom everywhere. It is a pretty sight.
St Patrick’s Day is usually when I direct sow my peas when weather is bit warmed up by then. I didn’t venture out much in backyard during winter, it’s just too wet and muddy.

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Last week, when sun was out I checked on all beds. Since we didn’t get much of winter, many of the cold hardy vegetables have over wintered well. Here’s picture of bed 1 – Most of green sorrel has survived and starting out new growth. Parsley is growing well and beets have overwintered. I might clear out beets to make room for new spring planting.

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I started out with soaking peas for few hours before planting them out. This year, I picked few packets of Alaska peas from local Ace store and I am using last years saved Pea seeds.

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Lots of rainbow chard has over wintered and self-sowed in bed 1. I notice this winter self-sowing of chard happening every year results in overcrowded chard seedlings. I separated them neatly and transplanted in bed 2 with good spacing. I think I got about 20 chard small plants.

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Grocery store bought garlic was sending out shoots, I potted them up. I can’t wait to make garlic greens chutney.

What’s sown this week:

Peas – Alaska (American seeds)
Chard – Rainbow Chard ( transplanted, Ed Hume Seeds)

What’s growing:

Broccoli (over wintered) , Chard (transplanted) , Sorrel (perennial) , cabbage (over wintered)
chives (perennial) ,Peas ,Garlic greens

What’s harvested :

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2 bunches of Chives – used them up as garnish on curries and on some celery-jalapeno Ritz crackers.

First Harvest of the year

सर्वांना ह्या नवीन वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा.

नविन वर्षात एक संकल्पना आहे की आपल्या मायबोली मधे लिहायचे, बघुया कसे जमते तर. 

१० दिवसाची छोटी मुंबई trip करून कालच Seattle ला मी परतले. मुंबई अगदी गुलाबी थंडी मध्ये गारठून गेली होती, तापमान अगदी ६-७ अंश पर्यंत घसरले होते. खूपच छान प्रसन्न होते सगळे…  परत आले आणि बोचऱ्या Seattle ला एकदम वैतागले, इकडे -६ आणि ४ मध्ये पारा  स्थिरावला होता, बागेतल्या सगळ्या छोट्या मोठ्या भाज्यांनी मान टाकली होती. खरे तर इतके दिवस hard Frost मध्ये भाज्या जागल्या हे खूपच. उन्हे वर आल्यावर काल एक बागेत चक्कर टाकली आणि १ cup भरून Brocolli ची फुले वेचून आणली, हाच २०१३ चा पहिला harvest.

 

New year, new beginnings…
As you can see this blog is going bilingual. I shall try to write here and there in – Marathi as well English. Even though it will not be word to word translation, essence of this blog remains.

I am back to Seattle after a short 10 day visit to Mumbai. While Mumbai was cold, freezing temperatures welcomed me back home. Seattle is unseasonably sunny and cold with freezing temperatures and rampant frost. Plants are frozen at night, perking with sunshine during the day only to go back to freeze in the night. Temperature is ranging 24 to 36 for last 10 days or so.. While sun was out yesterday, I picked few broccoli florets. This is my first real harvest of the year.

 

I have not yet started planning my 2013 garden yet, I have big plans of re-building raised beds and ordering good quality soil for this year, we’ll see how that plans out. Over next few weeks, I’ll start wintersowing some of the seeds, from my past experience beets and chard can be winter-sown, it germinates very early in the spring.

Happy Gardening and Happy new year 2013!

Mid July Garden Update

All plants are liking warm weather we have had for last 10 days. It’s been in 70s and occasional 80s for last 2 weeks. I am suddenly seeing seeds germinated (which I forgotten that I ever seeded) , beans showing visible new growth day by day and much more. Here’s mini tour of the garden.

Garden in mid-July is looking greener and fuller with warm temperatures. It has been mix of sunny, overcast and few showers for month of July. Sunny days followed by some rain are making good conditions for greens. Tomatoes and other warmth loving plants are not vigorous yet, I am hoping rest of July and august bring some high temps. We’ll see…


Here are 3 smallish potato plants.  One is volunteer and other 2 are planted.  Potatoes are flowering; I’ll dig up when potato fruits are set.


This is one of the unkempt raised beds. There are few things growing on there, I have to weed in and plant fall/winter veggies in here.  Few buttercup squash is growing on side.


This side has cabbage and cauliflower with one tomato plant. Cabbage is ‘early Jersey Wakefield’ type.


Bed 1 has pea plants on left side, these are planted back in Spring, most are picked by now and vines are slowly dying. I’ll plan to clear them in next 10-15 days. Next to it is random radishes and few beans planted. Middle is dill greens; these are close to being harvested. Right side of the bed is green Sorrel.


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Here is Bed 2. From left  – purple Kohlrabi, Chard seedlings, Beet seedlings,  Cucumbers and  Green beans.


Containers with Mint, Tomato and shoebox onions.

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


Summer Harvest

I am back from vacation and garden was filling with goodies, was able to pick up good produce. I really didn’t picture everything that I harvested but here are few shots. Summer is busier with kids staying home, vacations, activities, hikes and much more, I am finding very little time to spend in garden. Really this is the time to relax and enjoy the hard-work we have put in garden over last few months.


Here are few pictures of harvests over last week. I was able to harvest Green and Wax Beans, 1 big Zuchini, Blueberries (last of the season), Lots of Radish, Chard, lettuce and Chives.