Garden produce 2012
I'm in northeast NY so I'm a bit behind most of you. But I've had two good pickings of rainbow chard, a bumper crop of pickling cukes from 4 plants, and some nice leaves of lettuce. The basil looks great but the tomatoes are stll green so I've been finding recipes that use basil without tomatoes. My first cherry tomato turned red yesterday, though, so there's hope. The green bean (Kentucky wonder pole beans) plants look great thanks to "Sluggo Plus" but it'll be a while before there are beans to pick. The eggplants and peppers are doing well in my grow boxes, and the tomato plants look amazing but the first tomatoes had blossom end rot due to the lack of calcium in the fertilizer that comes with the grow boxes. I did add lime when I planted and have been adding lime to the water, so hopefully the rest will grow without rotting. The only thing I've been disappointed in this year is the carrots. I've always had really good luck with carrots, but this year I only got a few plants, despite seeding a couple of times.
I gleaned the remaining, somewhat poor, secondary ears of corn this morning. Did not have quite enough ripe tomatoes ready to make canning worthwhile so I'm making a big pot of Brunswick stew out of the rest of the corn and the tomatoes.
I guess everything lined up just right this year because I've never grown corn this nice. Harvested a hundred + ears off 80 feet of row and not one single worm.
Should have some zipper peas before to much longer. My all time favorite.
Started pulling the Silver Queen corn this morning. This is from two, twenty foot, rows. Got two more rows to go.
It's supposed to be 105 here today. I may save the other two rows for tomorrow. Will get these two buckets put up and see what I think.
Just got it shucked, 55 ears of pesticide free corn and not a single worm. Not sure how that happened.
So far we've harvested haricot verts, arugula, snap peas, a cucumber, squash blossoms and one, perfect sun gold cherry tomato. We split it, and can't wait for the rest to come in.
It's been a coolish June, save for a handful of days.
I am watching the zucchini grow though, and we have lots of green tomatoes on all ten plants.
I'm especially excited about our eggplants bushes. Lots of flowers, no fruit yet.
We planted most everything on the 5th of May, so in two weeks or so we should really start harvesting some fun things.
Marin county, California here.
First, locale: our garden in on the North East Coast, right on the ocean. All around us is Zone 4-5, but we live a charmed life...our area is Zoned 6A, a micro-climate.
Biggest challenges: deer---everything has to be protected with fencing...weather tends to be erratic, with foggy chilly days alternating with brilliant hot...poor plants have to be adaptable
I am a totally organic gardener and live far enough from town to ensure no chemical-pesticide 'drift' ...but soil is challenging: rocks, clay, sand and needs a lot of amending with compost...luckily I have two compost heaps going all hear round-one enclosed and one open (for garden waste).
Mesclun lettuces-done (for now)-excellent, provided salad every night for 6 weeks
Spinach (for salads)-done
Radishes-done, good crop, but will not repeat, not noticeably better than you can buy
Asparagus-one more week to go, good crop
Artichokes, as annuals (experiment, smallish so far)
Bean, Fava and Jacob Cattle-brilliant flowers on Fava should be good crop-JCB-total bust this year after great crop last-tired seed package(?)
Beets-coming nicely now, Detroit less hearty than Bull's Blood
Broccoli-looks like a good start, hearty plants
Carrots-smallish-see note on Radishes-are these worth garden-space?
Chives-gorgeous (of course, slam dunk to get these right, but planted with my roses this year, to keep the aphids away-working, so far and will be moving the garlic here next year)
Cucumber, most unhappy: I am coaxing along, but not a lot of hope
Fennel, Bulb (Italian)-transplants-OK (will do more next year as direct seeding looks slow)
Garlic-great, but still no scapes
Potatoes-too soon to say, no flowers yet
Lavender-'mother crop' doing brilliantly, transplant-most unhappy, won't repeat this 'split'
Peas-climbing happily and first flowers noted yesterday
Tomatoes: San Marzano, Gardener's Delight, Black Krim, Blue Tomatoes,Mortage Lifter and Wentzell (Beefsteaks),White and Chadwick Cherry-all looking good so far
Sage: brilliant, so happy I moved as companion plant to broccoli
Savory, Summer: looking good
Squashes, both Winter and Summer, good start, but erratic direct seed germination, have had to repeatedly sow
Apple trees-reclamation of (20-year-old?) Macintosh-slow-going, but there were blossoms this year for the first-time
Blueberries-both high bush and low, looking very good
Cherries:2-year-old trees, complete bust, blossom-wise, and very buggy, making me wonder if THIS crop can be done organically-still maybe it will be an attractive tree?
Crabapple-best crop EVER (so far)-great blossom year and very few pests-1 1/2 months to go!
Pears-better outcome, 2-year old trees hale and hearty, but too soon to produce
Raspberry bushes-looking very good
Rhubarb-terrible, again-will move, again as all my neighbours are having a good year...
Wild (well-semi-domesticated) Strawberries: shy, tiny, brilliant-please, let me get them before birds, deer, raccoons do!
That is it for me and I welcome this thread being back this year-keeps me honest, and lets me keep track!
I used an organic method with my cherries this year, to keep the fruit maggots away. Open a hole in the upper part of a couple of 2 liter soda bottle. Mix up 1 cup sugar, 1 cup vinegar, 3 quarts water and pour a couple of cups of that into each bottle. Add one banana peel to each bottle. Hang bottles in the trees, just before the flowers start blooming. Jury is out on the effectiveness--this was a weird spring, and the cherry tree lost a lot of blossoms to the late frost.
Yep: I do think the late frost was a problem here, too-thanks for the tip with the concoction.(I gather the maggots go into the bottle instead of to the fruits?)This will make for a conversational ice breaker!
Near where I live they hang an empty glass 'wine' bottle on pear tree branches for a single pear to grown in each...then remove bottle and branch and fill bottle with pear brandy.
It's true. Due to the drier spring and early warm weather, farmers that planted early have corn, tomatoes and zucchini. I just harvested radishes, 4 zucchini and 2 cherry tomatoes from my just south of Toms River backyard plot. My corn is about 4 ft tall already. So much for "knee high by the 4th of July!" This year the garden is a jungle! (Keeping my fingers crossed).
I got a little carried away with the green beans this year, planted two 20' rows. I've already got all canned that we can use this winter and went to pick a mess this afternoon and didn't have to move my feet to pick enough for the two of us to eat on for about three nights.
There is a thread about the ruinous prices at farmers markets. I can't give stuff away. My friends and co-workers are too lazy to actually snap and cook a pot of beans. I'll grow them and pick them for you but damned if I'm going to deliver them ready to eat.
BTW, you southern gardeners might want to consider trying "Derby" bush beans, they have out produced the Blue Lake for me the past two years. May not hold true in other areas but they sure do good here in Georgia. They were an All American Selection winner which has always been a good indicator for me of varieties to try.
Maybe a local food pantry would take the beans. Boy, your friends are passing up a good deal. Wonder if they even know how great garden fresh beans are. In one of the gardening cookbooks published in the 80s there was a recipe for green bean hummus to make if beans were a bit too big. I grow filet varieties now because my husband prefers beans to be very thin and tender. Used to grow Provider which I think is in the Blue Lake family.
I wouldn't mind a nice batch of beans right now. Mine are only at the seedling stage but at least we have sugar snaps to enjoy right now.
Kengk posted "There is a thread about the ruinous prices at farmers markets. I can't give stuff away. My friends and co-workers are too lazy to actually snap and cook a pot of beans. I'll grow them and pick them for you but damned if I'm going to deliver them ready to eat."
Oh the humanity! What is wrong with people? Fresh green beans are the bomb.
So far this year...
Lettuce (leaf and romaine) - spring crop done
Spinach (a few plants for salad) - spring crop done
Radishes - spring crop done
Green onions from seed
Green shallots from seed
Snap peas - hoping 2nd set of blossoms develop before heat hits
Cauliflower - plants got stressed, heads small
Broccoli - again, stressed plants small heads, other plants still growing
Banana pepper (yes, first one picked small - but still 1/2 the size of the plant)
Beans - about a week
Garlic - starting to dry down
Kohlrabi - could start now
In the future:
Tomatoes - sandwich globes and romas, just starting to set fruit
Peppers - mostly bells, one jalapeno
Cucumbers - just started blooming
Brussels Sprouts (fall)
Fall lettuce, spinach, chard, radish etc.
My gardens are not all that big. I have one large plot that I get through community gardening. At home, it's all small plots and borders. I don't grow a lot of any one thing, but a few of this and a few of that...
To update... the critters got my beans so only got a handful out of them. Garlic is harvested and Kohlrabi almost done.
Cucumbers are coming in now (5 plants)
Peppers - the banana are producing nice, but something is chewing on the pimento peppers. Bells still growing (I like them to color up before I pick them), and there's something wrong with my one Carmen pepper, instead of conical peppers I'm getting thin walled tiny round things...
Romaine has grown well so far. Also manoa lettuce does well out here. Lots of red beets (the yellow ones haven't done well), kale, string beans, eggplant. Asparagus is finally giving us nice thick stalks. Radishes have been planted, harvested and consumed 3 times since early spring. Tomatoes are just starting to ripen. Kabocha is trying to survive.
Novelli- Your garden sounds amazing. I must admit I'm a bit envious. Awesome gardening!
Thank you! but there's not much to be envious about. I basically live out of a tiny shack with minimal front and backyards (probabaly less than 600 square feet growing space) in the middle of a fairly populated port town. I just try to keep up with everything and try to have something ready to go in the ground within a week of pulling something out.
It's a real challenge sometimes!
So far, for 2012, I've harvested:
20 lbs of carrots
30 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes
18 lbs of Norlan Red potatoes
35 Yellow Granex onions
33 Sweet White Spanish onions
33 Red Italian onions
44 heads of garlic
at least 40 lbs of collard greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, black kale, spinach, and bok choy
probably 40 lbs of zucchini
14 lbs of green beans
maybe 3 pints of blueberries
6 heads of lettuce and various mixed greens
Still to come:
San Marzano tomatoes
Sugar Cherry tomatoes
peppers (hot and sweet)
That's it for now.
No picture but I picked a big mess of Swiss chard today. I am amazed by this stuff. I planted it spring of last year, harvested all summer, way into the fall. It finally slowed down during the winter but didn't die. I needed the bed it was in to keep up with crop rotation, so I transplanted it from one raised bed to another about a month ago and it is going gang-bangers again.
ETA: I just clicked on your photo and I am green with envy. Slow start here.