Harvest Monday – Looking Ahead

April 14, 2014

Nothing was planted this week. I mainly weeded (stinking wild onions), spread more newspaper and mulch, and watched seedlings come up.

Nieto Family - April 10 13 - 0134(before…) Nieto Family - April 13 13 - 0303-Edit(after)

It may be difficult to see but the light-colored mulch on the left is the section I did about a month ago. Moving to the right, around the Magnolia tree, is a section we did earlier in the week. The darkest section is the last bit we covered in mulch at the end of last week. As the weather warms and the grass grows, I feel more and more pressure/motivation to cover everything with mulch, seeing how we do not have a lawn mower that works…

Greenhouses

A warm weather crop sprouted in my greenhouse — a tomato!…or a pepper…we had more snow than normal this winter so, even though I wrote what was in each greenhouse in permanent ink, it has all faded. Of course, this week we are going to have one night that will hit 32 degrees so that greenhouse will have to be covered.

I’ll have to wait and see as it gets bigger whether it is a tomato or a pepper. As far as varieties, I guess I’ll have to wait until harvest for those. I planted eight varieties of tomatoes, two of cantaloupe, three of winter squash… There is nothing I can do about it now.

I made a note in my gardening notebook about making markers to put on the inside of the greenhouses to see if that makes a difference next year.

Though no plant harvests, seedlings are giving me some hope: peas, kale, carrots, lettuce, spinach

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0137(Peas on left were the ‘old’ seed, sewn too heavily. Peas on right are peas I ordered, planted two weeks later, and spaced out much better!)

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0194Kale planted a month ago is doing well (I apologize for the blurriness).

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0103(I found this lettuce had overwintered on its own! 🙂 )

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0162 Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0167 Chicks are getting their wing feathers 🙂 So cute! Actually, not as cute but still neat!

Nieto Family - April 08 13 - 0007 Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0066Still getting about 16 eggs a day from our 18 layers. Not too shabby!

FRUIT

Strawberries are looking healthy. I’m pinching off one or two flowers/day.

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0197Of the MANY raspberry plants ordered last year, only a couple came up. They did well at the beginning of last summer but it was such a wet summer, many of them molded and did not return.

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0209We cut a line out of tarp because we heard they spread so much – we were trying to control where they spread. Some of the raspberries did not get the memo…

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0218(These grew through some apparent holes in the mulch)

Lastly, our blueberry bushes are beginning to bloom and the bees are loving it!

Nieto Family - April 11 13 - 0159Whew! That ended up being a longer update than intended. Sorry about that!

Check out what others are harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions.

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8 thoughts on “Harvest Monday – Looking Ahead

    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      well, we are a family of 7 (almost 8) but we still have trouble getting rid of them all. We have a few families we give eggs to and a few neighbors buy some from us. We are bringing the eggs for the Easter Sunrise Service so I’m thankful to be able to get rid of a lot of them then 🙂 I wonder how long they freeze?…I’ll need to have some for the winter eventually…

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    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      me too! and i hope it pays off — our only concern is other animals taking our harvests. Ideally, i would want a TRAINED dog to keep away all the deer and one more cat (we already have one) to keep the bunnies at bay but the last time we had a dog, it ate a chicken so we are weary of getting another one, since i don’t have time to train one. i don’t have enough netting to keep out all the animals…sigh… thx for the encouragement 🙂

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