Mary's Veggie Garden

August 7, 2017

8/7/2017 High Summer Harvest

Filed under: Beans,Carrots,Cucumbers,Onions,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 2:07 pm

The weather for the last couple days has been cool, and today rainy, more like mid-September than early August. Summer crops are starting to peak but already it feels like fall.

Cabernet and Copra onions curing is a shaded area on the patio.

I’ve been harvesting Cabernet onions for two weeks and most are cured and ready to go into storage. This is the entire crop of Cabernet but only about half of my Copra onions. The plants were shredded by hail in early June but recovered remarkably well – these are the biggest onions I’ve ever grown of both varieties. I attribute this to the regular rains we’ve been getting.

Each of these onions weighs about 7 ounces, together 1 pound including foliage. Typically, the Cabernet would be about 4-5 ounces and the Copra about 3 ounces.

The Yaya carrots are not as happy as the onions without supplemental watering. The split carrots require some carving but still taste great.

We’ve had a couple of periods of 8-9 days with no rain when I wasn’t watering. The carrots probably split after the next rainfall. I finally laid out the soaker hoses two weeks ago so subsequent plantings should not have this problem.

I’ve been checking for cucumbers but found only one – I picked the first last Thursday. Suddenly there are a gazillion and by their size several of them were there and ready last Thursday. Strange how they suddenly snapped into focus.

Cucumbers, H-19 Little Leaf. This is a pickling type with high resistance to bacterial wilt. The taste is good.

I’m not able to judge the resistance claim yet as the plants were protected by a row cover until the start of flowering. The foliage was clean when I removed the row cover but it is starting to show signs of disease now.

Tomatoes – 3 pounds of Sungold cherries and 1 pound of Garden Gem.

I cut then slow roasted (275°F) the Sungolds with garlic, basil & olive oil. I freeze them on a tray then pack them into freezer bags for use on winter salads. Summer has been cool and my biggest tomatoes are only just starting to show a bit of color.

One pound bush beans – most are Bush Blue Lake. The darker green beans are Hickock.

Lettuce Rouge Grenoblais and Muir. Muir stands up to hot weather much better than Rouge Grenoblais.

Everything above came from my community garden plot. I try to alternate harvests. Every second day at home I harvest a basket of beans and a handful of Jasper tomatoes. Zucchini is rarer, but still sufficient, since I prefer not to freeze it. Plus there is a daily harvest of greens – chard, kale, or Tyfon-Holland greens.

Helda pole beans, zucchini and Jasper cherry tomatoes.

Linking up with Dave at Our Happy Acres where the season is much more advanced.

August 3, 2017

A Trip to the Farm

Filed under: Bicycling,Vassar Farm — marysveggiegarden @ 6:44 pm

Some days it is quite challenging getting to my community garden plot at Vassar Farm. Not only is it challenging, it is downright dangerous.

Rain fell on Monday 7/24:  1.2″ as measured by the National Weather Service. Tuesday was heavily overcast and rain threatened, but there was no precipitation. Wednesday 7/26 we took a trip to the garden for some much delayed harvest.

We are heading to the only available drive-in/bike-in gate. A gravel road runs from the barns, along the west edge of the garden to a pair of  lanes leading to the gate.

Two choices – and the road on the left is nasty. Those puddles are several inches deep.

I choose the road on the right – only slightly better.  The tiny strip of grass provides a bit of firmness.

Continuing through – the grass strip disappears and the puddle runs edge to edge. The mud is silty clay – very slippery. I’m getting nervous.

I ease left through the mud to the stability of the grass and resume pedaling.

The gate! This is the only way to bike or drive into the garden area and it is mud from post to post. The ruts are 8-10″ deep when dry. The first person into the area in the morning usually hooks the gates to the fence on either side but today they chose not to fill their shoes with water.

Close-up of the gate passage. Knee high rain boots are advised.

One last obstacle. The gazebos on the right was built in July and the heavy equipment used to haul the materials widened and deepened all the potholes from the road to the gardens.

The gate area is no better from the inside traveling out.

The most perfect sculpture placement ever!

All pictures are courtesy of my husband and his helmet camera:

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