Saturday, August 30, 2014

Garden Update August 24

Good turnout at the garden today ......

Finally a few bush beans to harvest ...... these were planted much to close together which makes picking rather difficult, and it appears russet mites may have arrived

Last bed of potatoes  harvested - French Fingerling and Russian Blue - missed taking a pic of our harvest!!

the pole beans just did not fare well this year - lack of water combined with russet/spider mites damage resulted in almost no harvest - so time to clean up the trellis

the cleared potato bed made room for more fall planting - this time we filled the bed with Bloomssdale spinach, Pac Choi, Nappa Cabbage (Little Jade), Yu Choi Sum and Gai Lan (Green Pearl); fall is the best time to start Asian Greens with the cooler weather - this prevents the plants bolting and going to seed very quickly


a few tomatoes - rodent issues of late are impacting our harvest ... while kale and chard continue to provide the bulk of our harvest

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 17 Fall Fast Approaching

Rather short on volunteers of late, but two of us managed to make the garden today ...... really good to see lots of seedling growth thanks in part to the rain we finally had!! No amount of hand watering seems to quite match a good rainfall!!

A few pics, first up our Honey Bear squash -

 the Lacinato kale continues to provide great harvests - hmm.... almost time for some kale chips
cabbage transplants, three types of radish and mesclun mix fill the bed; the watermelon radish (middle row) has a very different leaf form!! 

more lettuce/mesclun mix will soon provide baby greens for stir fry and salad - and the Sugar Ann snap peas are starting to flower!!

still more to seed - this week additional beet seed was added to our beet bed - hoping for better germination; spinach sown among the strawberries and some moss curled parsley under our blueberry bushes

this summer has been so amazing with "hot" (at least for the coast) temperatures and little rain - the tomatoes are loving it - many of the larger varieties are well in to their ripening phase ...... this pic shows mostly Maglia Rosa - amazing texture and flavour when picked at first blush 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 3 - Time for Fall/Winter Planting

We did a lot of clearing and sowing in the garden today - a quick summary:

Bed 1:  bed cleared, not much harvested from previous sowings - too dry?  Replanted with Nantes Coreless and Nutri-Red carrots, now just to keep them moist until germination

Bed 2:  portion of bed cleared and seeded with Kohlrabi "Kolibri" and scallions

Bed 3:  baby cabbage transplants added, in addition to three rows of radishes:  German Giant, Watermelon and French Breakfast;  it is recommended the Watermelon radish be planted for fall harvest

Bed 9:  our Sugar Ann snap peas are coming along but remaining seeds did not germinate, so mesclun seed mixes were broadcast sown:  Renee's Quick Stir Fry Blend, Wine Country Mesclun and WCS Provencal Mix

Bed 5 is looking good and providing plenty of chard and kale - two of the best long term crops you can grow

Here's a link to West Coast Seeds Fall/Winter planting guide -

Herb Bed gone wild

and our harvest:  chard, kale potato onions, very small leeks, onions and some wonderful sweetpeas

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July 27 Major Clean Up

A big THANK YOU to all those able to help with the clean up  .........
and a few hours later - off it goes

our new composters should keep the rodents at bay

maybe we'll even get to harvest some beets this fall ...... Red Ace, Cylindra and Beet Blend fill in the bed vacated by our potatoes

the squash bed is really filling in 

and the garden beds overflow with potatoes, kale, herbs and bush beans

a portion of today's harvest

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 20 - Weather Back to Normal

Just through a two week hot spell and the squash and nasturtiums are loving the weather - have a look at the baby Luongo zucchini

our new compost bins have arrived - a big thank you!!
Sugar Ann peas are up but nibbled leaves are evident ........ even the carrots managed to sprout in this heat with intermittent watering!!  no parsnips showing yet though

the assorted green beans look lush (and over crowded) but only three wee beans to be found ........ hopefully next week we will have a crop -

the harvest ...... beautiful dahlias, fragrant sweet peas, baby squash, chard, kale, potatoes and lettuce - although the lettuce is likely finished as milky sap was evident on harvest

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 6 - Water Weed and Harvest

Garlic rust this year in the garden ........ so decided to harvest - bulbs are still edible but tops are put in the trash, not the compost  - will monitor how well these cure with shortened tops ....

This  rust only affects alliums - our chive plants were removed earlier as they were the first to show rust

out comes the garlic to make room for fall/winter crops - Gladiator parsnips, Nantes coreless and Nutri Red carrots and two rows of Sugar Ann snap pea

Tomato plants are looking healthy with some nice tomatoes starting to size up - these are Fish Lake Oxheart

Volunteers hard at work .......

and today's harvest - Silverado and Eldorado chard, garlic, mint and Amish Deer Tongue and Sweetie Baby Romaine lettuces

Saturday, July 5, 2014

June 29 - Lots to Harvest

Just two of us at the garden today - so we decided to tidy and harvest .....

looking good - a big shout out to Tom for taking on this job!!

the cucumbers thrive while the peppers struggle

tomatoes in new Bed 3A are looking very healthy - Fish Lake Oxheart, Yasenichki Yabuchar, Margaret Curtain and Maglia Rosa

neat and tidy - almost time for garlic and potato harvest

The harvest - shelling peas, raspberries, blueberries, mixed lettuce, chard, kale, garlic, chives and potatoes!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 22 Summertime!

Summer's here ...... and time to harvest raspberries (yum) and sow squash (Delicata Honey Boat, Early Butternut and Sunburst Scallopini)
Garden overview - pole beans just starting to climb (far left), tomatoes, potatoes and nastursiums all looking good;  lots of mint to harvest in our herb garden - chilled mint tea is a great summer refresher and this looks good too - the Nojito

Also time for garden maintenance - new broom test run and time to get the raspberries under control -  new post should help
Can't forget the harvest - Little Marvel and Alderman peas, Green Pearl Gai Lan, assorted lettuce greens, kale and raspberries