Harvest Monday

June 6, 2016

It’s getting steamy here in eastern NC! We’re harvesting…Nieto Photography 2016a few raspberries a dayNieto Photography 2016a big bowl of spinach a day, a few heads of lettuce a day (unpictured) though they are starting to boltNieto Photography 2016whatever strawberries the stinkin’ racoon doesn’t steal😦 and a couple handfuls each day of PEAS (not pictured)! We love peas but they rarely make it to the table🙂

We eat our berries at meals and in our banana nice cream (blended frozen bananas & berries). We eat everything else at supper, paired with some type of bean dish (burgers, lentil loaf, falafels, baked beans, etc.) and maybe some potatoes (fries, hashbrowns, mashed). YUM!

What are you harvesting? Check out what others are harvesting at Our Happy Acres.

Has anyone overcome their local racoons? We are hoping to set up more electric fencing this week. Happy Gardening!

Harvest Monday

May 16, 2016

We have been harvesting lettuceNieto Photography 2015spinachNieto Photography 2016and strawberries this week.Nieto Photography 2016We have been dealing with a strawberry thief as well. Last year, we were sure it was a groundhog because we saw it roaming throughout the garden. So this year, we put up an electric fence. Something was still getting to the strawberries. My husband thought maybe a rabbit, since it can hop over the electric fence. So we put up a fence (not electric) specifically around the strawberries.

Nope. They are digging a hole under the fence and getting to the strawberries. They dig a hole about 5 inches deep so we are still thinking rabbit. We think a groundhog is too big to fit in a hole that size. I need to borrow my neighbor’s camera so we can see the critter in action!

Another thing we’re ‘harvesting’ is poop (I’ll spare you the picture). I am taking fresh manure from the roosting table and spreading it out in the sun to dry. When it dries, I’m going to sprinkle it around the base of the plants so when it rains, they will get manure tea. I am also making my own manure tea and watering the plants with it. Anything I can do to make my soil and plants healthy! This is how I am planning on combating bugs this year.

What are you harvesting? Check out what other gardeners are up to over at Our Happy Acres.

Garden in May, Zone 7b, Eastern NC

May 12, 2016

Sooooo…it’s been awhile, huh? Sorry about that. The problem I’m running into is that the garden has gotten so big…I’m having trouble figuring out how to blog all that is going on!

We are harvesting lettuce, spinach and strawberries right now.

Nieto Photography 2016The groundhogs are somehow finding their way into the garden, despite the electric fence and are eating about half of the strawberries but we are working on other ideas.

For right now, I’m videotaping progress. Here is what is going on in the garden as of late:

I’ll try to do a better job at keeping you updated throughout the summer🙂 How is your garden growing?

Garden in April, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

April 4, 2016

Garden at the beginning of March

Nieto Photography 2016Garden at the beginning of AprilNieto Photography 2016Sooooo much has changed already! As we walk through the garden, you can see to the right, the fencing has been taken down and in its place is a big mound of mulch. That mound of mulch is one of our many potato patches. Behind it are some brassicas I transplanted from the greenhouses. Nieto Photography 2016To the left of that are some winter squash and nasturtiums that were transplanted from the greenhouses.Nieto Photography 2016 Nieto Photography 2016As we continue, there is another patch of brassicas. Nieto Photography 2016Sorry for the blurr…These were transplanted from the brassicas that overwintered on accident (brassicas I planted and had planned on transplanting last fall but never got around to it). I am definitely doing this every year! I put a shade cloth over them to protect them from bugs but nothing to protect them from the cold. It seemed as though they died but they came back this spring! I thinned them out and planted them in the cover to the left. I am going to transplant the rest this week.  Nieto Photography 2016Between the two covered areas, I planted peas. they are just starting to push through the mulch. Nieto Photography 2016 And the purple sprouting broccoli under the cover to the right are doing well (as well as some cilantro that overwintered). The next section has some more potato patches, some lettuce I transplanted from the greenhouses, and boxes. Nieto Photography 2016In the boxes, I have some eggplant and tomatoes, transplanted from the greenhouses, some overwintered spinach and carrots, and more potatoes! Nieto Photography 2016We moved the old chicken tractor (we grew tomatoes on this last year) past the boxes and are going to grow different types of melons over it this year. Nieto Photography 2016To the right of the chicken tractor is another patch of brassicas aaaaaaaaaand…another potato patch! This is the first one I planted and it has started sprouting!Nieto Photography 2016 Nieto Photography 2016

As far as our perennial vegetables and fruits, more raspberries are popping up in our raspberry patch (we need to go ahead and put up supports), Nieto Photography 2016strawberries are popping through the mulch (and flowering!), Nieto Photography 2016 Nieto Photography 2016the blueberries are being polinated, Nieto Photography 2016the new strawberry plants (June bearing) are becoming established, Nieto Photography 2016the asparagus are popping up (newly planted bed!), Nieto Photography 2016 Nieto Photography 2016and the trees are setting fruit!Nieto Photography 2016(peaches) Nieto Photography 2016(apples – can’t tell if it has really set fruit or not…) Nieto Photography 2016(pears)

I finished most of my TO DO list for March (plant potatoes, plant all of the greenhouses, plant cool weather seeds). All we lack to do is expand the chicken runs. For April, the TO DO list is pretty straight forward. PLANT, PLANT, PLANT and then plant some more! Our last frost date is April 21st. I have planted everything early because we have had an incredibly warm spring so far. Of course this week, some of our nights are dropping below freezing. Wonderful. I am going to cover the transplants with tops of milk jugs and hope for the best!

What are you doing in your garden? Are you harvesting already? We are harvesting some PSB and spinach here and there but mainly just waiting. Nieto Photography 2016There is SOOOO much work to be done! Always. Happy Gardening!🙂
Check out what others are harvesting at Our Happy Acres today!

Harvest Monday

March 28, 2016

We are starting to be able to harvest, thanks to some overwintered veggies. Some spinach

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A few carrotsNieto Photography 2016

And a few purple sprouting broccoli survived the winter under minimal protection.Nieto Photography 2016

I will order thicker agribon next year for the broccoli and sprouting broccoli. The cabbage did not need much, if any, protection from the cold. From the deer on the other hand…that is a different story:\

Peas, beets, carrots, spinach, and lettuce have all been planted but it will be awhile before we are able to harvest anything from the spring garden.

All of the fruit trees are blossoming. Nieto Photography 2016(Pear) Nieto Photography 2016(Peach not mulched. Just starting to bloom.) Nieto Photography 2016(Peach tree mulched. Bloomed several weeks earlier than the other.) Nieto Photography 2016(Blueberries with a carpenter?mason?bumble?bee. I don’t know but those fat bees that never sting are our main pollinators this time of year. LOVE them!) Nieto Photography 2016(Apple Tree)

The raspberries and strawberries are doing well.Nieto Photography 2016The raspberry patch is newly mulched, keeping the weeds at bay. The raspberries are popping through the mulch.Nieto Photography 2016As are the strawberries. They are a little yellow when they first pop through from being sun deprived all winter but they green up really quickly. We already have a couple of flowers.

Speaking of raspberries and strawberries, I planted about 75 June-bearing strawberry plants this week and 10 June-bearing raspberry canes. I am hoping for non-stop berries from May (possibly April) until September, starting next year.

And we have a chicken sitting on some eggs due to hatch early in April. Spring is here!

Check out what others are harvesting at Our Happy Acres today🙂