Harvest Monday

June 30, 2014

I only get about an hour every day that I can work in the garden; basically from sunup until the kids wake up. By the time I feed the baby, feed the kids breakfast, and get the baby down for a nap, it’s too hot already! I go out a couple more times for various small tasks but that is the only time I can get a large chunk of picking done.

I picked blueberries for one hour every day this week. In one hour, I was able to pick 3 bushes and got 8 Quarts of blueberries. It took me 5 days in a row to get through our 15 blueberry bushes (we have about 30 in various stages of maturity but 15 that are large enough to fruit). I’m calling it: It is officially blueberry season!

I got through all of the blueberry bushes in 5 days and other than the ones I just recently picked, they look untouched! It is hard work! But a good problem to have šŸ™‚ Starting over…

From the 40 Quarts we picked this week, I guesstimate the kids ate about 2c/day each (10c/day: 50c this week). We also have about 5 1-gallon freezer bags full of blueberries in the freezer.

A typical day’s worth of harvests this week would be 8 Quarts of blueberries, a handful of strawberries, and a cucumber (starting mid-week). Considering we thought we would not get to harvest our own strawberries until the fall or even next spring, this is quite a treat šŸ™‚ They are VERY sweet šŸ™‚

DSC_4617 DSC_4588(This was our first cucumber. They have gotten larger as the week has gone on.)

I also harvested all of our beets this week. We are going to plant more this fall and A LOT more next year!DSC_4618 DSC_4619(Small but respectable, considering the hard ground some of them were planted in.)

For breakfast Saturday morning, we had beet juice, beet-blueberry pancakes (made with the pulp from the beet juice), scrambled eggs (from our chickens), more blueberries, and one strawberry. ALL from our garden/chickens!!! šŸ˜€ I LOVE eating meals like this šŸ™‚

We also had honey-whole wheat pancakes and seconds of beet-blueberry pancakes were had by all! Btw, they are all cleansed now šŸ˜›DSC_4623(This is how I serve everyone so I don’t have to reach across the table. Ready to eat!) DSC_4625(Picture does not do the blueberry-beet pancake justice. It was a beautiful pink!)DSC_4631(Everyone loved the beet juice as well šŸ™‚ )

We also harvested a lot of kale this week. We always make mean green juice with our kale (we also eat kale salads & saute our kale to eat) but this week, we were able to add beet greens as well to the juice.DSC_4616

We are still buying our cucumbers for juicing because one/day is not enough for all the juicing we do but we are enjoying munching on our cucumber for lunches. Nothing is going to waste, that is for sure!DSC_4615

Remember those sweet potatoes I pulled up last week? No sense in those going to waste! I was not sure which were my ‘seed’ potatoes so I was unsure what they looked like on the inside after growing slips for 2 months. I decided to cut them up and roast them with cinnamon.

Along with that, we had baked beans made in the crockpot, green beans from the garden and salad from the garden. I apologize for the picture. The darkness makes it look less appetizing than it was. It was yummy! šŸ™‚DSC_4612 DSC_4614Oh yeah, that was the other thing harvested this week! Pole beans! I planted pole beans all throughout the corn patch. I can only pick those that are on the outside because everything has grown so densely but the point of them was to vine up the corn to keep the raccoons away so I am okay with only harvesting the outsides. They were leftover seeds anyway šŸ˜‰

I think that’s everything! I look at people’s vacation photos and am jealous — I so long for a week at the beach! — but at the same time, I would never want to go on vacation when there are so many wonderful things to eat from the garden! Maybe in September when harvests slow down a bit…we’ll see…

We are getting about 16 eggs/day. We had to get rid of the lovely rooster this week. It attacked my 5yo when he went to give compost to the chickens one day šŸ˜¦ scratchWe are hoping our white chick (we’re pretty sure it is a roo) will not attack our little people. We would LOVE to have (and keep!) a rooster one day :\

Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting and how they are consuming their harvests šŸ™‚


13 thoughts on “Harvest Monday

  1. daphnegould

    I only dream of having that many blueberries. I really wish my blueberry plants would get with it, but they don’t seem to want to produce much.

  2. Dave

    That is a lovely harvest of blueberries! Our seven bushes keep us busy harvesting, but it is worth it as you say. I love having the fresh blueberries, and I eat them every day when they are fruiting for us.

  3. Thomas

    That’s a lot of blueberries! I’m very jealous. I only have three bushes. Now I need to get more!

    Lovely looking breakfast by the way.

  4. Jennifer

    Wow, what beautiful harvests and the breakfast meal from your garden/chickens looks DELICIOUS! That’s a shame the rooster attacked your son!

  5. Nancy Davis

    You are doing a wonderful job of using your produce! I am envious of all those blueberries! I hope your little boy recovers from his scare from the rooster! Nancy

  6. Rachel Arsenault

    You are very busy with you harvests. What a wonderful blueberry harvest you are enjoying. It is very clever of you to use pole beans to protect your corn from raccoons. Plus you get a bonus harvest.

    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      thank you. last year, the racoons got almost all of my corn. i was reading about how to deal with them (after the fact) and i read that the 3-sister’s garden keeps them away. they don’t like the feel of the squash vines (spikey) and don’t like climbing up the bean vines to get the corn. so i went out into the garden to look. i tried a 3 sister’s garden last year but none of my squash took and only about 1/2 of the beans sprouted (the corn was too high already). what i found was…the corn NOT taken by the racoons were the ones on stalks that had bean vines growing up them! it worked & i hadn’t even tried šŸ™‚ so this year, i tried to make a more concentrated effort in that area. i’ll find out how well it works in a little while!


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