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

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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

Wax beans

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

How to Save Chive Seeds

I have a small Chives patch growing in 2 places in my backyard. I grew fond of this versatile herb over last few years. I have been using it to garnish, flavor many recipes.  Chives are usually very first thing that produce in any season, it is cut and re-grow, so keeps producing till frost nips it. Chives is handy herb, it is perennial and starts growing around February March here in NW. Chives are first sign of growing season and usually is first harvest of every season for me.


Chives start growing in February, flower during April and dry out with summer heat in June July.
This year I am trying to save seeds for many seeds, Chives are one of them. Here is photo journey of saving Chive Seeds.


Chives starting to grow in early Spring.

Chives Blossom in purple-pink in spring (and throughout summer if cut-regrow).  Above picture is of chives in bloom.

These flowers fade to pale brown and start to dry out.

Wait till stem of the flower starts to turn brown.  If stem looks green like above picture, seeds are not completely dry. Below picture has dried flower with seeds. Don’t wait much longer as these seeds will start to disperse by wind soon.

Dried flower has green-brown stem and black seeds are showing. Cut the stems and rub the flowers to retrieve seeds.


Store in dry place.


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

Yummy Peas for my little girls

Peas are up, yay!!! My girls are going crazy. So far Peas have been easiest to grow in my garden, this is our first harvest of fall planting. I used Ed Hume seeds, variety – Super Sugar Snap . This is what says on packet

peas seed

I helped seeds for about 24 hours into warm water and directly sown into the garden. I planted 10 seeds at a days interval so I have a plant which is producing pods right now and other just beginning to germinate. Biggest plant has already given me 10 peapods in last 3 days.

Peas life cycle –

peas seedling

tiny pea seedling 3 days old ( 6 days after seeds were sown)

 

peas mothe

Pea seedling with true leaves – 10 days after germination

peas need support

Pea plants are crying for help – we need support. Time to build trellis, in my garden I go cheap route using sticks and fiber twine.

peas shenga2

ready for harvest yet?

peas closeup

ready for picking … in 1.5 months

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