On Our Farm: Part 2

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Morning sun. One weekend mid-June my husband grew impatient waiting for our compost to, well, compost, so he went out and got a half a yard of compost from a local nursery and put a layer in all the beds. The plants thanked us.

Late-summer update. What?! This summer is almost over! And the garden was insane, now it is trimmed down for a fall harvest. More on that by Christmas, ha.

Since I am a blogger slacker (defined: blog whenever one wants and with the least amount of effort possible), I haven’t provided an update on the garden situation in, well, months. Honestly, every time I think I have time to blog I would rather go play in the dirt or sleep. But I promised an update, so better late than never, I suppose.

Here is a quick summary of what has occurred…

  1. Vegetables grew
  2. Some got infested with friggin Mexican bean beetles and other mystery things like root worm, white mold and some weird yellow spots on the cucumber leaves
  3. Some zucchini and yellow squash rotted before they could be harvested, ew
  4. Compost tea happened
  5. Vegetables got snipped, plucked and cut back
  6. 2,000 worms in my basement happened and I found another use for kitchen scraps
  7. Vegetables and herbs were harvested, rinsed, fried, dried, fermented and/or frozen
  8. Most importantly, vegetables were eaten, a lot
  9. Plans were made for a fall harvest, plants were pulled out and replanted new seeds
  10. The end

Ha, just kidding. There has been A LOT more to it than that. Here is a list of what we planted:

Vegetables and fruits

Pickling cucumbers and yellow cucumbers
Cantaloupe
Raspberries
Strawberries
Brussels sprouts
Scallions
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Green beans
Bib lettuce
Green leaf lettuce
Spinach
Kale
Broccoli
Carrots
Beets
Heirloom tomatoes, Rutgers tomatoes
Banana peppers, bell peppers, and another kind but I can’t remember what it is…
Pumpkin
Acorn squash

Herbs

Sweet basil, Thai basil
Parsley
Cilantro
Dill
Lemon Balm
Lavender
Rosemary
Oregano
Chives
Sage
Mint
Thyme

So, in the spirit of laziness, I’ve decided to just share a timeline of photos and captions. Enjoy!

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Red Russian Kale
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Spinach
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Here you can see everything coming up in our main three beds! The tomatoes and peppers we bought as starter plants, but everything else we grew from seed. How fun! The front bed has our broccoli, brussels sprouts (waste of my time), kale, beets, green leaf lettuce and spinach.

 

Here are our green beans before they got infested with the Mexican bean beetle. Little stinkers, they ruined my bean harvest.
Here are our green beans before they got infested with the Mexican bean beetle. Little stinkers, they ruined our bean
harvest.
Cucumbers were off to a great start until they got a yellow spotty thing all over their leaves. The fruit continued to come in for a while and then it became mishapen and we decided to pull all the plants out. Very sad.
Cucumbers were off to a great start until they got a yellow spotty thing all over their leaves. The fruit continued to come in
for a while and then it became misshapen and we decided to pull all the plants out. Very sad.

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 And now…some of the harvest in July!

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Here we are mid-July, business is booming!!! Doesn’t that just look beautiful?

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Canteloupe! We actually only ended up with two. The cucumber disease, whatever that was spread to the canteloupe and rotted the other 9 canteloupe that were growing. Big bummer.
Canteloupe! We actually only ended up with two. The cucumber disease, whatever that was spread to the canteloupe and rotted the other 9 canteloupe that were growing. Big bummer.
Cucumber problems.
Cucumber problems.
So turns out we can't grow brussels sprouts very well. Need to figure these boogers out for next year. Or just not bother with them. They take up a lot of space and we got nothin' even as I type this late August.
So turns out we can’t grow brussels sprouts very well. Need to figure these boogers out for next year. Or just not bother with them. They take up a lot of space and we got nothin’ even as I type this late August.
Parsley grows really well in pots. Three plants provide plenty of parsley for multiple meals throughout the week.
Parsley grows really well in pots. Three plants provide plenty of parsley for multiple meals throughout the week.
Late August and we pull at least a dozen tomatoes off the plants each week. I've been bringing them to work to share.
Late August and we pull at least a dozen tomatoes off the plants each week. I’ve been bringing them to work to share.
My husband's babies, raspberries! They are so good right now, today he pulled off a pound of fruit. I made sweet and tart gelatin candies with them. Mmm!!
My husband’s babies, raspberries! They are so good right now, today he pulled off a pound of fruit. I made sweet and tart gelatin candies with them. Mmm!!

More from around the yard…

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Fresh mint for.ev.er.
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Pumpkin taking over the place! We ended up taking out one plant and focusing on just one. We have one big guy growing right now.

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Compost is cookin!
Compost is cookin!

That’s all I have right now, folks. While we are waiting on baby #2 to join us, we are still planning the fall harvest and have replanted a bunch of stuff including kale, broccoli, lettuce, scallions, beets, carrots. Good stuff. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll be back soon!