Some Progress…

May 5, 2014

Another round of storms came through the area in the middle of this week. I managed to get more kale, lettuce, beets, and carrots planted before the storm. I went ahead and uncovered the sweet potatoes so they could get a good soaking and covered them back up when it was all over.

The storms were not as bad as last week’s…we were not hit with the tornadoes or flooding that others had to endure.


  • Beans (pole, black, pinto, and bush/snap)Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0391(pinto)Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0502(bush beans are just starting to sprout) Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0505 (bush beans)Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0397(pole beans surrounded by a *tiny* sprout of corn)
  • Blue PotatoesNieto Family - May 04 14 - 0349
  • Potatoes planted last fallNieto Family - May 04 14 - 0356
  • Corn (shown in the pole bean picture)

More Progress

  • Peas are beginning to flower!Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0416
  • Lettuce is teasing me that harvest time is around the bendNieto Family - May 04 14 - 0463
  • Sweet potato experiment seems to be working!!!Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0454(as soon as the slips get 6-9 inches long, I can knick them off and plant in my sweet potato patch…theoretically…we’ll see! πŸ™‚ )

Potatoes (Red & Gold) are looking good!Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0303Blueberries are doing well (do not seem to be affected by the late frosts we had in April) Nieto Family - May 04 14 - 0371After one round of storms, I noticed our leaning apple tree was leaning more and more. The wet ground was not holding it up! My husband staked it before the last round of storms. It looks like a new tree!Nieto Family - April 29 14 - 0041(before) Nieto Family - April 29 14 - 0048(after)

The strawberry plants are staying healthy and flowering all over the place but we are staying diligent in pinching off the flowers so the plants have a chance to get well-established before putting energy into making fruit. In the meantime, we went strawberry picking to stock up on our yearly supply! We try to eat them only in season so when they are in season, we EAT them!!! We went twice and got about 62lbs in total. I froze most of them & I make and freeze jam as we need it. We also ate plenty of strawberries fresh!Nieto Family - May 03 14 - 0121Please tell me you are harvesting! As a matter of fact, tell everyone!…over at Daphne’s Dandelions πŸ™‚

P.S. Happy 100th blog post to me πŸ˜‰


6 thoughts on “Some Progress…

  1. newbiegardengirl Post author

    Paul Gautschi (Back to Eden) recommends planting potatoes on the ground then covering in 8″ of mulch and then not hilling. He says the mulch moves as the potatoes grow so there is no need to hill. Last year, we did the first part but when they seemed to get really tall, i went ahead & covered with more mulch anyway. I think covering it with more mulch harmed the plant (they’re fine growing through mulch but covering them w/new mulch seems to burn them) — they turned yellow (previously a beautiful green) and bugs appeared (no bugs previously). SO, this year, I am going to try to have the self control to keep my hands off and see what happens πŸ™‚

  2. daphnegould

    My peach tree has the same trouble as your apple tree. I have to keep it staked or when the storms come through it starts to lean.

    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      my peach trees just have worm issues πŸ˜› I have heard it is nearly impossible to grow peaches here in eastern NC organically. we get tons every year but none are good 😦

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