August 2013: week 3

This has been a week of Greens…

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

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

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

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Looking forward to colors next week…

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July 2013 Week 4: Harvest Update

Summer heat is here, we are seeing less berries and more varied harvests.

We picked some of the frilly lettuce, it was planted mid-spring. I had packet of American seeds – bought for 0.25 at local ACE hardware store, pretty good returns.

 

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frilly Lettuce and berries

 

Peas are all spent, they are yellowing. Although second flush of flowers is evident (more peas in 15 days!), I decided to rip pea vines out. Last year I kept pea vines longer but they got pretty bad mildew. I don’t want that this year. Peas are out. But before that we got good harvest, me and girls has FUN shelling peas and munching on them. I got few to use in Pohe and Cauliflower subzi.

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Yellowing pea vines are taken down

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Peas for snack

also on the harvest tally are chard and  broccoli florets

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some more chard

 

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Happy Gardening!

July 2013 Week 3

Berries are in high production now, we are eating many berries and clicking less. Here are few of the pictures clicked. This year I didn’t a good job cleaning out Strawberry bed in fall and early spring. There were many weed runner, mainly buttercups and lots of old dead leaves. Many of my strawberries were rotten (neglect to pick up, rotting under leaves mess).  I have to keep up with strawberries and clean up in spring next year for more production.

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Here is mid-July garden update:

Pea vines were pulled out, before pulling peas reached high up.

 
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Here is Bed 2 with huge broccoli plant with tiny head 😦 along with kale, lettuce and some chard.

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More peas – these are snow peas. I didn’t like the taste and I didn’t use much in cooking. I might not grow snow peas again, I’d rather grow shelling and snap peas.

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We harvested more Peas (snow peas, snap and shelling) , broccoli shoots and arugula this week.

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Next week looks more promising with harvest, many onions are dropping tops so I might get a big harvest out of it.

This week’s harvest:
Snow Peas:  #22
Broccoli shoots: 1 cup
Strawberries: 2 containers (not pictured)
Parsley: 1 bunch
Onions + tops: 32
Raspberries: 2 containers (not pictured)

Happy Gardening!

July 2013 week 2: summer harvests

This post is red and green, harvest colors

This year, we are picking more berries and enjoying them rather taking pictures. These pictures are just symbolic 🙂

Harvested broccoli, some snow peas and parsley bunch.

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Walla walla onions

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More strawberries

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and raspberries

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This week’s harvest:
Snow Peas:  #22
Broccoli shoots: 1/2 cup
Strawberries: 2 containers (not pictured)
Parsley: 1 bunch
Onions + tops: 32
Raspberries: 2 containers (not pictured)

 

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!

June 2013 Week 5

June has been busy month overall – busy at work and not so much in garden. I let many of my days slip by. e.g. beans, squash plantings, tomato transplants, building mini greenhouse around peppers. I even missed harvests.

I am doing a catch up on the blog, just sharing what’s being harvested. many times I refer back years to check harvest dates and planting dates. By posting pictures and general mention of plantings, transplanting helps in future years.

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Last couple weeks, there have been harvests of Chard and baby beets. Chard is readily mixed with wheat flour, some garlic and made into parathas. There have been favs in our house.

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Elsewhere in garden, random lettuce is growing in shoebox containers. I won’t plant in shoebox containers going forward, I never able to get good growth of lettuce variety from these. besides, sedum sits in brown box, I am planning to transplant it in front garden and containers.

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Speaking of some front containers, I got these decorative pots and trying to fill them up with plants.

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More harvests are coming from garden, sometimes random. I am growing all 3 varieties of peas – shelling, snap and snow peas. Here is mix harvest of basketful peas, some broccoli shoots and first single onion. Onion is white short day type.

With hot summer days coming along, I am expecting tomatoes, sqush plants taking shape …

Happy Gardening!

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!

May 2013 Week 2: It’s hot

Last week was Hot and it’s May in PNW. It’s unbelievable.

I have spent about a decade here and my memory of May is cold, soggy, foggy, sluggy garden. It’s far from that right now. Temps are teasing 80s and did I mention it’s HOT? I am as confused as weather, should I be planting out tomatoes yet? should I seed beans and squash? There’s always fear of temps going back to 50s but will it?

I am spending way more time outdoors – walking, hiking and not so much in garden. There are plentiful harvests though.

I harvested this bunch of sorrel and used with pasta, turned out too lemony for my taste.

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Sorrel

Plants are on fast pace with good dose of warmth and sunshine. On Thursday, harvested big bunches of Sorrel, shared with neighbors. Also harvested overwintered beets & greens, as well big bunch of chard. I made Chard + beets bhaji, made into 2 portions and froze one for later use

 

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Top row: Sorrel in both buckets
Bottom row, from left: Chard bunch and overwintered beets

Here’s what sown this week:
Peppers: Banana, hot peppers, sweet peppers, saved seeds from Indian round peppers, Takis Sweet, early Jalapeno

What’s harvested last week?
Rainbow Chard – 1 bunch – made into Bhaji
Beets & Greens – 1 bunch – made into Bhaji
Sorrel – 2 bunches – shared with neighbors

Happy Gardening!

 

May 2013 week 1: harvest update

Life has taken over and I got very little time to tend to garden. Nothing much is seeded, transplanted and I am letting nature take over (read – weeds, no watering, slugs etc).

I picked few things here and there (sorrel, kale, chard, young beet leaves and Parsley ) to throw into daal. Sadly, that rounds up week 1 of May.

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Sorrel leaves, young kale, chard and beet greens along with Parsley

March 2013: week 1 Springing

March is here, March is here. Garden is springing into new life, blooms and buds are everywhere. Weather is still spring like, cold fronts rains and sunshine is still in air. Local news stations have forecasted it to be chilly spring. March is here, March is here.


March is all about starting a garden. For me it’s about visiting the storage to look for seed stacks, check on compost bags and a casual stroll in still wet muddy garden. I don’t start seeds indoors, I don’t have a seed rack and germination stations with heat mats. I am ‘direct sow’ type of gardener. Summer plants that require indoor start – I just purchase seedlings at local shops, at swaps etc.

Winter in Seattle has been very mild, all snow storms made their big appearance in rest of the country and we were spared. So my garden hasn’t been heavily damaged. Yes, there were frosty nights and snow sprinklings but nothing major (yet).

What’s sown this week:
None

What’s growing:
Broccoli (over wintered)
Beets (over wintered)
Chard (some overwintered, some self-sown from fallen seeds)
Sorrel (perennial)
cabbage (over wintered)
chives (perennial)

What’s harvested over last 2 months (January, February and early March):

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Late January: Broccoli 1 cupful florets. Main head was picked in November (which wasn’t so big), now picking side shoots. I used cupful in stir-fry dish.

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February: Broccoli 1 cup florets. Enjoyed it raw.

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March week 1: Broccoli 1 cup. Made noodle soup. (picture above).
It’s mushrooms, tofu, carrots, homegrown broccoli, cilantro in flavorful ginger clove broth. yum.

October Garden Tour

Albeit a little frosty in mornings, summer like weather continues. Forecast tell that it may go on till middle of October. Here is small tour of fall garden
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Muncher cucumbers are happy and growing. I did not train them upwards this year, I just got lazy.  I’m happy to see that they don’t mind crawling and producing. These have come from cheap American Seeds packets purchased at local Walgreens. So far, I have picked about 10-12 of these, much of it enjoyed as Kakadi – Tomato koshimbir.


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Two of tomato plants – Sweet 100 and Early Girl.
I bought these from local Rite Aid clearance mid-summer. While planting sweet 100 I accidently snapped the whole plant at root line, I knew I lost it but took a chance and planted it deep. Somewhere I had read that, tomato plants will produce roots if they are planted deep. Miraculously this tomato plant lived and producing. I did dig up out of curiosity and indeed I saw root branches right out of stem just above where it had snapped.

 

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Brassica Bed – Cauliflower, cabbages along with few tomato plants – San Marzano, Jersey, Early Girl and one cherry type.

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Beaverlodge Tomatoes – these are only tomato type I am growing from seed.

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Green Sorrel – loving this weather!

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Purple Kohlrabi

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zucchini

 

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Green flowing vegetable beds along the back of the house.

 

 

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: 7/30/2012

July is bringing in lot of sunshine and warmth.  I picked last of the Strawberries of 2012. There are many more left, some of them have slug damage and some are perfectly good, I am leaving them for critters, bugs.  Blueberries are starting to come in, they should ripen over next 2 weeks.

On Tuesday, I picked few Strawberries, peas, pinched Basil and a single perfectly round Radish.



I picked few outer Basil leaves next day, these were promptly used in Tomato-Basil-Pepper jack grilled sandwich. I didn’t have Mozzarella at home, pepper jack worked just fine.

Thursday brought in last of the Strawberries and bowlful of Blueberries.



I made cabbage Salad for Friday potluck. Chives were picked, chopped and mixed with Cabbage/Ramen-Maggie/Vinegar/Sambal to make tangy Cabbage Salad.


Harvest Summary for week:
Strawberries: (91)
Blueberries: (94)
Peas: (28) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Basil: 2 pinches
Radish: (1) Cherry Belle, Ed Hume Seeds
Chives: 2 bunches

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 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.

Week so far… Picking, harvesting a lot

Summer is gone fast, there’s chill in the air – we are falling into fall/winter slowly. That translates into more harvests and picking many last of the garden goodies.

So far this week, We have been harvesting  a lot – squash, cherry tomatoes (sweet 100 variety), Jalapeno, green beans, shelling peas, cucumbers, fenugreek and dill. Here are some photos….

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(above) – Methi (Fenugreek)

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(above) – Methi and Shepu (Fenugreek and Dill), both used as greens

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(Above) in colander: Chard ‘bright lights’. in plate 1:  sweet 100 tomatoes, green and wax beans. in plate 2: Agatha tomatoes, 1 black krim, peas, cucumbers and yellow squash.
(Photo captured with phone)

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.