August 25, 2014
Our Harvests for the week:
Our first few vines are spent but because of succession planting, we are still harvesting cucumbers!
Beans Because we have been getting so many beans from our neighbors, I have been forgetting to pick ours. These are MUCH healthier-looking (less bug bites) than the rest we have been growing this year. The question is, why?
- They are planted later in the season
- They are planted in the strawberry patch (in not very good soil)
- They are planted further away from where the rest of the beans are planted.
Which of these factors affected the beans? I have a feeling it was the last but I have more plants that were planted after these so we’ll see if that has anything to do with it.
Marigolds The kids just about filled up a 5 gallon bucket with marigolds this week. I dried them to give to the chickens this winter. The marigold bushes are still bursting with flowers!
Potatoes I have been digging up potatoes as needed but the last time I dug some up, I noticed they were starting to rot. We have had a ton of rain this summer. I decided to go ahead and dig the rest of them up and store them in the basement.
I missed some potatoes last year while I was digging so we had some more potato plants sprout up at the end of the season. After the first frost killed the plants, I replanted those potatoes in our new potato patch. This is what Paul Gautschi does (replants the same day he harvests) so I thought I would give it a try.
It did NOT go well. Gardening the Back to Eden way, I have never had to hill my potatoes. However, after a year of those potatoes sitting under the mulch, and the mulch breaking down all that time, I had a few reach the surface and turn green. This does not happen when I plant in the spring.
About half of the ones planted last fall were oddly-shaped.(This is what those planted this spring looked like for shape-comparison) The other half planted last fall were rotted. There were quite a few I could not salvage. Ah well…as long as I’m learning, I don’t count it as a failure 🙂
We picked our first raspberry this week!!! We were gifted raspberry plants, Christmas of 2012. They all looked great last summer but we had such a cool, wet summer, they all seemed to get some type of fungus and die. We were so excited that a few survived but we did not get any berries this spring.
I was excited when I saw they were loaded with potential berries this summer and this week, we were able to start picking!!!Our everbearing strawberries are also starting to produce again. I am expanding one of the patches to plant some runners this fall.There was a LOT more going on at the homestead this week but I’ll save all of that news for a later post. Check out what other gardeners are harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions.