May 2013 Week 3: Mid Spring update

Seattle has returned to its gray pattern over last week and it’ll stay for another 1-2 weeks. Gray pattern translates to mild weather – highs into 50s or 60s, abundant rain gray clouds, few sun breaks here and there. Not exactly ‘setting out tomato’ weather. Cool crops are loving it though.

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Raspberries along the fence

 

I noticed raspberries are flowering and bees were busy around them. I never trim biennial canes in fall, I have to admit – I have not learned which ones are done producing for 2 years. I always do this chore in spring. I weeded this patch a little bit and removed dead canes.

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Incidentally, peas are in need of support (I am too lazy to build a trellis, I had planned it for this year but it’s too late now). In spirit of re-using, old canes were immediately repurposed to support peas.

 

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Pea supports – Raspberry canes

Around the garden, spring crops are taking shape. Lettuce mix, spinach, pak choi are beyond 4-5 leaf stage. I can expect few young leaves harvested next week. Some of the overwintered chard plants are setting out seed stalks, I’ll harvest leaves and pull them out.

Sorrel is loving this cool weather, warm sun and bursts of rain is helping. I can see much of the sorrel is sending out seed stalks. I have promptly removed the seed stalks so plant can re-focus on new leaf growth.

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cupful of methi

This week, I got a bowlful of fenugreek that was growing in container. It got burned a little in scorching heat we has 2 weeks back. Fenugreek was used in methi thepalas made on Friday.

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Also, got a bunch of chives, used in making chives pesto.

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More sorrel was harvested, again shared with friends.

Next week brings more rain and less sun. I expect to spend little time in garden except for some harvest.

Here’s what sown this week:
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What’s harvested last week? 
Methi – 1 bunch – made into Thepalas
Chives – 1 bunch – made into pesto
Sorrel – 1 bunch – shared with friends

Happy Gardening!

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Harvest Monday: 9/13/2012 Summer seems endless

Here’s 3 week recap of the gardening and weather events:


1 – It has been BEST summer ever. Temperatures are staying within 65-75 range, not too hot, not too cold. Sun god has been shining brightly over Puget Sound. We have had second best stretch of rain free days of Seattle – 49 days with no rain. It’s been great. Someone wouldn’t call length of rain-free days as great but for us living with cloud cover, vit D deprived, tan less people of NWesterners – It’s great. Our kids are slowly learning that color of the sky is actually blue, not grey.

2 – Summer garden is producing well. Here’s what I harvested over last 3 weeks –

5 generous full bunches of Green Sorrel – no pictures. Used one to make curry, gave away rest.

 Clockwise:  Radish pods, wax beans, bunch of fenugreek and first tomato.

 Mix of Green beans (contender, Harvester) and wax beans


More wax beans, lettuce and single small tomato

Clockwise:  Green and Wax beans from bush plants, Tomatoes early girl and dried pea pod for next year’s planting.


Happy Gardening!!

Harvest Summery for the week:
Green Sorrel – 5 bunches
Wax Beans, Green beans – (57)
Fenugreek – 1 bunch
Radish pods – enough to make 1 curry serving
Tomato – 3
snack tomatoes – 4
Lettuce – 1 bunch

Harvest Monday: 8/27/2012 Summer veggies have started

It was busy week. Between long hours at work, summer camps for kids, a camping trip; I did not spend much time in garden. There were few bare spots, seeded them with dill , fenugreek and some chard seeds. New seeds did not get water for 2 days as we were out, I am not seeing any germination. It was sunny and dry so I hope seeds will eventually germinate…

Wax Beans,  2 dried peas (will use as seeds next year) and radish pods

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Few friends were over and they picked 3 gallon bags of green Sorrel, no pictures.
Over the weekend, I picked Wax beans and radish pods. I made radish pods curry.

Harvest Summery for the week:
Green Sorrel – 3 bunches
Wax Beans – (19)
Radish pods – 45

Harvest Monday: 8/20/2012 Peas and Greens

We are enjoying 2 weeks of summer here in NW. Temperatures are moving to 80s for past several days and everyone’s loving the warmth of the bright sun.

Blueberries and Strawberries


On Monday, I picked very last of the strawberries. Everything in the patch is picked over, there are few left for the critters. Every year, last of the strawberries look smaller, more angular. I am thinking that few of the strawberry plants are of the wild or alpine types, which yield late smaller berries. No complains here, it’s always nice to get strawberry harvest extended over many weeks.

Along with strawberries, few of the plump blueberries were picked. Berries got used in shake the same week.

 

Dill Greens – Shepu


This Wednesday I picked lots of greens, dill greens and Methi. I made shepu bhaji (dill greens) with moong daal.

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Methi leaves were used in Methi Thepala. No pictures here.. I’ll remember to take some pictures of the prepared meals, what fun it’ll be to see harvests into use.


Alaska Peas and Radish 

Peas and radish were picked too along with the greens.

Vine Dried Peas (shall use as seeds next year) and Shelled Alaska Peas

On Saturday, came the big harvest of peas. I picked a basket full of peas. Took me an hour to shell the peas, my kids and husband took no time eating raw peas as I was shelling them. This above photo is what’s left of it. Few of the peas were dried by the time I picked them, I’ll re-plant these next year. Not sure if it’ll germinate. We’ll see…

Harvest Summary for this week: 
Strawberries, alpine/wild: 24
Blueberries: 34
Peas: 1 bowl full
Methi (Fenugreek): 2 bunches
Shepu (dill): 1 bunch


Happy Gardening!!

Harvest Monday: 8/6/2012

Green Sorrel and Dill greens

Green is slowly replacing Red from Harvest pictures, a good sign. This week we picked Chuka (Green Sorrel) , Shepu(young dill greens) and some Alaska Peas.

Here is a picture of Shepu and Sorrel before cutting.

A volunteer potato plant looked sickly and dying. I pulled it out, found small potatoes.

Harvest Summary for week:

Shepu (Dill Greens): 1 bunch
Chuka: (Green Sorrel): 1 bunch
Potatoes, Yukon Gold: 3 small
Peas, Alaska: 22

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: 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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.

Weekend Update

Phenology says – “When dandelions are out then plants beans“ and “When Bearded Iris starts to bloom then transplant eggplant, peppers”.  Dandelions are out in dozens, my girls are having ball blowing dandelions with wind, I think it’s perfect time to plant green beans and yard-long beans. While driving around I am seeing lots of Iris in bloom, but in my backyard iris is yet to show color so I am holding off on planting squash to transplanting peppers. Every garden has it’s own micro-climate, I am sitting on lower side of the hill so cold air settles in my yard almost always. I am 15 days behind warming up than plateau just 1 mile away, likewise frost hits me 10 days earlier. Rhodies and Iris are starting to bloom elsewhere but not in my yard yet, I am waiting……

Sowing: Sowing more seeds continues, but I am getting bummed by poor germination on lot of things. Cilantro, lemongrass and Dill seeds aren’t sprouting. Few of my flower seeds (red Columbine, begonia, marigolds and cosmos) aren’t showing any hope either. I’ll try some different approach – maybe sprouting in paper towel? Haven’t tried yet. Few of the Indian veggies I am trying haven’t germinated as well – Guar and karela.

Growing: Radish, lettuce and spinach has germinated. Fenugreek, peas, rapini are doing well. I should be able to harvest fenugreek in next 1-2 weeks. This will be my first real harvest of the year, I am looking forward. Bunching onion are shaping up, they are due for haircut, tops are yellowing. I wonder if it’s common or they lack some nutrients.

This weekend I bought 4 tomato plants from local Fred Meyer. Ciscoe Morris suggested in Sunday paper that this week is perfect time to acclimate tomato plants outside. I follow Ciscoe religiously and I do whatever he suggests for the week, but problem here is my tomato seedlings aren’t growing beyond 2 leaves. Well, I thought, why not acclimate store bought plants? I have never grown tomatoes ever, so this year it’ll be store bought + seeds grown (if it happens). Since I am no expert on tomatoes, I randomly chose 4 plants – Celebrity (local store fav, IND), Lemon Boy (Yellow tomato, IND), Sweet 100 (IND) and tumbling tom (DET). I have Agatha, Kimberly and Tommy toes seedlings growing.

This weeks weather forecast calls for cloudy, cold temps. Hope cool weather crops shoot up this week. Grow please grow.

Seedlings

I started out with sowing later than last year and my seedlings are just emerging or in their cotyledon stage. I have got all summer veggies started out this way, all cool weather crops are directly seeded.

recycled food tray and recycled foam cups with seedlings. Summer seeds were sown here – 2 varieties of Tomato, eggplant, bunching onion, sweet banana peppers and bell peppers.

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Ace sweet pepper and  Agatha Tomato seedling. Agatha is growing faster than other varieties. In few more days, I’ll plant these out in bigger cups.

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Basil and Ichiban eggplant seedlings. Basil loves hot weather, it is taking most time to grow.

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Bunching Onion and Turnip. Turnips love cool weather, were sown outdoors last week. Bunching onions also do well in cool, they’ll be transplanted in a week

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Methi sown in container has emerged. methi will do fine even in cool temps – our nights are still in upper 30s to 40s. Shoebox container holds cauliflower seedlings, these are not doing well, turning yellow and look poor.

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One of the wintersown seeds (in Feb) have bolted, label faded and I still don’t know what it is. Have you seen anything tinier than this bolting so fast?

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Rows of fenugreek (methi). My FIL seeded half bed with methi and remaining with coriander seeds. Half bed of methi has germinated well, nothing on Cilantro side. Cilantro aka coriander germinates slow, germination temp should be above 70F. Northwest hasn’t seen temps in 70s yet. I hope seeds don’t rot and stay viable for few more days…

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Peas have emerged, I have just 8 plants coming up. About 5-6 didn’t germinate, lost 3 plants to hail and I have run out of seeds. In 2 small pots, cabbage is happy.

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Raised Beds are here

TADA! My FIL built a raised bed for side garden, wow I am so excited. Since he built it, he claimed it and said ONLY he’ll be growing in that bed. I am off-limit, that’s a fair deal. It’s no fancy, we held together lumber with few pieces of nail. I am cheap and don’t want to spend tons in my second year of gardening, we’ll see how long this garden bed lasts. We amended soil by adding steer manure, compost and garden soil. He sowed Fenugreek in half part and cilantro in rest.
Plan is to buy more lumber for raised beds, I think I can accommodate 3 beds on north end of the garden and 1 by the back entry. Home Depot, Here I come…

(Update: I bought few more wood planks of untreated cedar and made 2 more bed, Now I have 2 beds (5 ft by 4ft) and one (5 ft by 3 ft). Uj pointed that raised beds should be 2 or 3 ft in width max, I agree, thank you. I got this serious issue of usable space in my garden and I have to make one of the beds 4 ft in width)

I seeded/transplanted this bed very carefully, it is my first time and I was more than excited. Weather is not co-operating for last 2 weeks, we are yet to see sun out. This is making all plants stunted, nothing is growing well in my garden. I should not complain of this never ending rain, clouds and mist – this is typical Northwest. This is how bed looks like right now –

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Garden Bed 1 – lettuce and Spinach seeded back in March were transplanted. Beets, Turnip, Onion, Broccoli Raab and Chard were direct seeded. These seedlings never got any fertilizer or growth drink, these look poor and stunted. I think I should make a trip to home depot and buy some fish emulsion.

garden Bed 2 – FIL claimed this bed, he seeded fenugreek and cilantro in half parts. Fenugreek took off and is looking healthy. Cilantro (crushed coriander seeds) will need about 15 days and warmer air to germinate.

How to Series: Growing Methi (Fenugreek)

When I first started out experimenting with growing vegetables, Methi was my first garden attempt. What I found was It works no matter you have green thumb or not. Methi is easiest to grow, ready to harvest in as little as 30 days. I was delighted to taste tender fresh methi from my own garden very first time I harvested, yield is far better and bigger than what you get at your neighborhood Indian store.

Most of the Indian stores sell methi wilted, about to make seed pods and sometimes it tastes like grass. And I used to pay 99cents for few twigs of methi. Well, not anymore. From early spring till late fall, I grow my own methi and buy frozen packs for rest of the year. Methi is semi-cold hardy so light frost doesn’t kill it. Methi makes it the perfect crop for those who just can’t wait to get the garden going, just open the pantry and soak some methi seeds in water.

How to grow fenugreek (Step by Step):

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1 – Methi (fenugreek) seeds are sold in Indian grocery stores, $1.99 packet will get you more than 500 seeds. Store bought seeds work beautifully.

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2 – Soak seeds in tap water for 12-24 hours

3 – Prepare ground by working soil, adding some compost. Methi can be planted in containers as well. Methi seeds are seeded densely (not in rows). Scatter methi seeds dense in desired growing area.

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5 – Germination is expected in 1-3 days, methi seeds upon germination look something like above.

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6 – Ready to harvest in 30-35 days.

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Some harvest methi as micro-greens, just before first true leaves appear. Fleshy first leaves are bitter and are used extensively in daal or with fish preparation in Mumbai cuisine. If harvesting for micro greens (samudri methi), it is ready in 5-7 days after germination.

Also, I found that methi develops it’s trademark bitter pungent taste in warmer, hot weather. Methi grown in spring and fall has mild taste.

More about Methi: for those with botanical interest, methi belongs to legume family(Fabaceae) – flowering plants that produce edible seeds. Fenugreek is termed as Trigonella foenum-graecum.

medicinal properties: In West, fenugreek is widely used by lactating women to boost milk supply. Tablespoon of fenugreek powder 3 times a day is the trick. Fenugreek is natural remedy to control diabetes.

Garden Planning 2010: growing Indian vegetables

Year 2009 gave me good learning and more encouragement to grow my own vegetables. I grew lots of lettuce, peas – western vegetables. I did better with fenugreek (methi), dill (shepu), cilantro, mint and peppers. Next year my total focus will be growing Indian vegetables – that I love to eat every single day.

Here’s the 2010 plan –
Greens: Fenugreek (methi), Chinese Spinach (math), Spinach
Squash: Dudhi/Lauki/Bottle Gourd, Cucumbers
Beans: Green beans, Snap Peas, Long beans, Okra
Alliums: Spring onion
Fruit Vegetables: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers
Root Vegetables: Potatoes – Yukon gold and fingerlings

I’ll grow below veggies just because I have free leftover seeds from this year
Greens: Basil, Lettuce, Brussels Sprouts
Squash: Zucchini , Butternut Squash
Alliums: Spring onion 
Root Vegetables: Beets, Radishes 

Fun veggies:
I am planning to grow Kala vatana and Rajma just for fun, ever inquisitive mind wants to know how seedlings look like, are flowers beautiful? I also want to grow just 2 of each – cabbage and cauliflower. Just for fun.

Apart from leftover seeds from this year, I am planning to order few Indian veggie seeds from these seed stores, I checked their websites. Time to order for catalog 🙂
Johnny’s Selected Seeds – got good selection with bottle gourd and greens
Evergreen Seeds – Specialized company with Asian vegetables, good selection
SeedsofIndia – everything and anything from India. I usually tend to buy seeds from local area suppliers as these seeds are developed suitable to environment. I suspect success rate with seedsofindia as it seems these seeds are imported from India?

Harvested fall planted fenugreek

 Harvested last of the zucchini, few snap peas and loads of fenugreek planted on 5th Sep here. I wasn’t sure if fenugreek will grow in cool weather, it did.  I am going to sow some more seeds in container today, let’s see if they give me yield before frost hits 🙂

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Update – Fall Planting Gamble

Fall sown seeds have germinated and nice seedlings are bracing chilly temperatures in night. Although days are unusually sunny and nicer, our nights are down to 45F now. We did get down to 40F last night. Not sure when the first frost is expected. Lot of local weather stations suggest frost does not occur until October 22nd but it can differ by couple weeks depending on particular location. I am up on plateau and not shaded by trees etc. I’ll start keeping track of frost here on this blog.

Here’s update on fall planting:

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Beets (Top, above brick): Beet seedlings have emerged. seeds planted 15th Aug, 75 days, expected maturity 10 Nov

Fenugreek (bottom, below brick, barely visible, day 5 in ground) : seedlings just starting to form. Seeds in 5 Sept, 30 days, expected maturity 5 Oct

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Fenugreek (bottom, day 15 in ground) : edible greens forming. Seeds in 5 Sept, 30 days, expected maturity 5 Oct

Brussels Sprouts (Top left corner in background): no sprouts forming yet. 3 July, 120 days, expected maturity 3 Nov

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Radish, cherry belle: ready to harvest soon. lost many to slugs, poor soil. 20 Aug, 27 days, expected maturity 20 Sept

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Carrots: seedlings. 15 Aug Aug, 90 days, expected maturity 15 Nov

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Radish, Icicle: will be ready to harvest soon. 15 Sept, 30 days, expected maturity 15 Oct

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Turnip: seedlings, need to move them in ground. 5 Sept, 60 days, expected maturity 5 Nov

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 Bunching onions: seedlings, need to move them in ground. 5 Sept, 70 days, expected maturity 15 Nov

Fall Planting Gamble

First time in last 5 months, I went to sleep with sweater and socks on last Monday Sept 8th. It was rainy, cloudy and cold here yesterday, few thunderstorms made an appearance too. Well, according to weather reports low temperatures stood at 43 F.

This is time to pull summer vegetables from garden, weed and prune roses. Instead, what did I do in the garden? – I did sow some seeds. This itch to sow and grow, experiment never dies. I am playing a pure gamble and let’s all watch what happens to my late fall garden experiments.

so what did I sow yesterday?
1 – Fenugreek: This is my experiment, I want to assess if fenugreek will germinate and produce this late in summer. Since very few people grow fenugreek for greens, there’s hardly any data available on web. This is for my own knowledge, I am trying fenugreek this late. During summer fenugreek yields in 30 days, so I have some hope here before killer frost arrives.

2 – bunching onions: these will go under cloche if it gets too cold
3 – spinach
4 – bok choy
5 – icicle radishes
6 – beets
7 – turnips

To get faster germination, I helped seeds in warm water for 24 hours except spinach. Spinach seeds went into freezer for 12 hours, followed by 12 hours in tap water.

I’ll keep updating about this winter gardening over few months…

Fall Gardening Timeline

Most of the fall planting for year 2009 is almost done. For my future reference, here is the fall gardening timeline I used, I’ll report back on seedlings, growth and actual harvest dates as it happens.

July 3 Sown Brussels Sprouts seeds directly into ground
July 12 Sown Broccoli seeds directly into ground
July 10 Sown peas in ground 0.75 feet apart every 5 days from 7/10 thru 8/15
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Aug 15 Radish – cherry belle in ground
Aug 15 Thin Broccoli and Brussels sprouts
Aug 1 Sow lettuce for early fall harvest
Aug 14 Seeds in warm water – carrots, bokchoy and beets
Aug 15 Seeds in ground – Beets and carrots
Aug 20 Sown Dill seeds in 2 containers
Sept 1 Already harvesting early snap peas !!!
Sept 4 Seeds in warm water – Fenugreek, Turnip, Icicle radishes, bokchoy
  Seeds in fridge for 8 hours followed by 12 hours on paper towel – Spinach
Sept 5 Seeds in ground – Fenugreek, Turnip, Icicle Radishes, Bok Choy, Spinach
Sept 6 Sown bunching onion seeds
Sept 10 Add compost to all veggie beds
  Thin carrots, bokchoy and beets
Sept 30 Sow Garlic sets into ground
October Assess frost situation and cover beds if needed
   

August Update: sowing, growing and harvesting

There’s slight chill in morning air, sun is rising later, fallen leaves are accumulating faster and yes, August is almost over. Foggy morning for last 2-3 days is calling out for ‘fall’ season. Summer garden is at the fullest right now, yielding bountiful vegetables. It will all be over in another 2-3 weeks and I want to enjoy each single day that’s remaining in this summer.

Here is gardening update for month of August

What’s Harvested: 4-5 Zucchinis, Lettuce, 20-30 cherry belle radish, handful of peas, spinach, cilantro, blueberries, beets with greens, herbs (chives, oregano, mint, rosemary) and loads of fenugreek

What’s Growing: ‘Muncher’ cucumbers, mystery squash, butternut squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bell peppers, carrots, radish, fenugreek, dill, beets, lettuce and peas

What’s sown: beets, bokchoy, more radish, rainbow chard, turnip, fenugreek and spinach

 

Aug harvest

This is what I harvested yesterday: Lettuce, radishes, 4-5 zucchini (not pictured), handful of snow peas(not pictured) and yes, fenugreek.

As the old leaves are giving way to new life in form of fall garden, I feel lucky and obliged to this wonderful nature, water and sun.