Harvest Monday

June 9, 2014

Garden Chores

Last week was all about weeding. The main chores for this week were planting sweet potatoes and spreading mulch. We were in the 90s almost every day so pretty much everything needed to be done by 9:30am or so for it to be bearable.

I decided to spread three loads of mulch each day, covering bare spots in the garden little by little. I finished the garden by the end of the week and my husband helped me finish the blueberry patch one day when he was off work.

I planted sweet potato slips just about every day this week. I filled up the sweet potato patch, a raised bed, and part of the ‘overflow garden’. I’m in the process of writing a post on the whole sweet potato experiment…

Other chores completed this week…

  • Bush beans planted
  • Tomato plants pruned (bottom leaves)
  • Squash eggs, nymphs, and bugs picked (yay for Duct Tape!)
  • Potato bugs picked and fed to the chickens

Harvests

I planted two rounds of peas in March. I pulled up the first round this week. The aphids were swarming!..and only three lady bugs in sight. I tried to collect as many aphids as possible and feed them to the chickens. They enjoyed their treat of aphids and pea shells very much!

We are eating peas fresh every day but can’t eat them fast enough so we went ahead and shelled, blanched, and froze these.Nieto Family - June 06 14 - 0852(the 3yo has been really helpful in the garden this year!) Nieto Family - June 07 14 - 0086The second round still looks healthy. The pea shells are much longer than the first round and are plumping up nicely. I wonder if that has more to do with being planted at a better time (mid-March vs. early March)? or if it has to do with spacing. The first round were planted WAY too close while the second round were spaced properly.

When the second round is ripped up, I am planning on putting a tunnel on it and letting a few chickens eat the rest of the aphids and prepare the plot for some more planting. πŸ™‚

I harvested more lettuce, kale, and spinach this week. Nieto Family - June 02 14 - 0005 Nieto Family - June 08 14 - 0122Some lettuce was from my daughter’s garden. She was excited to make her first profit of the season πŸ™‚

We have been eating a lot of spinach this spring for many reasons:

  • because lettuce takes longer to grow
  • because we planted so much spinach and we don’t like it cooked (so freezing’s out)
  • because it has a shorter season than lettuce
  • because we like spinach salads more then lettuce salads

I am starting to rip up the first plantings of spinach (planted in mid-March). The spinach planted under the apple tree (mid-April) is doing really well. Too bad I only planted 5 or so plants under there :\ I’ll have to make a note for next year to plant more under the tree.

Everything seems to like it under the apple tree! The kale, spinach, beets, lettuce, and carrots planted under the tree are ALL bigger and grew faster than those seeds planted in full sun. I am not very surprised… I’ll have to be sure to prepare other trees this fall so I can have more places to plant shade-loving plants next year!

By the end of the week, I had ripped up about half of the spinach plants (bolting) and the lettuce seemed to be ready to harvest all at once so we had a BIG lettuce harvest — it should last us about a week…Nieto Family - June 07 14 - 0004

Egg production has slowed a bit as we have three broody hens and have been in a heat wave recently. We only put eggs under one broody hen (too much to keep up with otherwise; for me, at least) and are trying to discourage the others from sitting for the time being. I am welcoming the ‘slowing’ of egg production as this means we are only getting a dozen a day instead ofΒ  one and a half dozen a day πŸ™‚

A friend gave us one of her roosters that her granddaughter is afraid of. She thinks he’s fine (not aggressive) but since her granddaughter is afraid of him, she offered him to us. I was wary but my husband said we’d try him out πŸ˜‰ The kids are scared of him, just because of their last experience with a rooster. Hopefully they’ll get over that. The good news is, if he works out, we won’t have to borrow any fertile eggs for our broody hens anymore! πŸ˜€Nieto Family - June 08 14 - 0533

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

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5 thoughts on “Harvest Monday

  1. daphnegould

    Over the weekend I was only out in the morning too. It was so hot. Well not as hot as you get, but hot for me. I’m a real wimp in the heat and used to faint from it as a kid.

    Lovely harvests. I love all those peas. And your son helping you. I don’t remember my kids helping me with those kind of things when they were young. They did like to plant things though.

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  2. Margaret

    That’s so funny about the apple tree – you are always told not to plant anything too close to trees because they will use up too many of the nutrients in the soil & then your plants won’t grow well. That’s the wonderful thing about gardening – the “rules” are never set in stone, so to speak, and breaking them can sometimes give you big rewards!

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    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      I agree completely πŸ™‚ I assumed it was because the roots from the tree made the soil more airy? (kind of like worms do?) I dunno. But the soil is fluffy and black and beautiful!

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