Mary's Veggie Garden

July 15, 2012

Harvest Monday July 16, 2012: A Garden Rainbow

Filed under: Beets,Gardening,Greens,Onions,Potatoes,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:22 pm

This weeks harvest was all about colors: a glorious rainbow of bright colors. Plus some firsts!

First harvest of Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

First Tomato: Sungold 7/12
These are from my 3 plants in my sunny plot at Vassar Farm. The same variety in my shady home garden has not even started to color up. Sungold is my favorite cherry. I’ve never tried a red whose flavor comes close. I’ve grown Sungold & Sun Sugar side by side and Sungold wins. Sungold’s flavor is more balanced: it has an acid under-tone that Sun Sugar lacks.

I continued harvesting potatoes this week, digging anything whose tops were dead. I was fortunate that a couple of friends offered me potatoes for planting. I love to try new varieties, but with my limited space I have only 1 -3 plants of these varieties. It’s enough to determine timing, yield and flavor.

These blue potatoes are an unknown variety from my friend Norma who got the original stock at a health food store. I grew them last year but accidentally ate the potatoes I intended to save for seed. When I got this year’s seed potatoes from Norma they already had 8-10″ sprouts which I buried up to the tips during planting. My three plants yielded 2.1 pounds. The potatoes are much bigger than those I dug last year.

2.1 lbs. Blue Potatoes – variety unknown

My friend Linda offered me samples from her order from Moose Tubers. I planted one hill each of Adirondack Red  and Augusta. While digging I also uncovered a couple of Blue Gold potatoes – but most of those are still underground.

L-R: Blue Gold .5 lbs., Adirondack Red .8 lbs., and Augusta 1.1 lbs Potatoes

This chard mix contains 2 varieties: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia. I don’t know which of the orange varieties is the Orange Fantasia but one bunch has short, wide stems and the other long, narrow stems.

Chard: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia, plus some Red Ace beets and a pepper

Cabernet Onions are an early variety and the tops were bent over. Normally I’d leave them a while but they were in the way of working with the potatoes, so out they came.

Cabernet Onions

It didn’t seem like I had much to harvest  until I added it all up.

Peas: 1 lb. Oregon Sugar Pod II; 1.3 lb. Sugar Snaps. Both varieties have been removed from the garden.
Zephyr summer squash: 1.9 lbs.
Carrots: 2 oz. Yaya and 1 lb. Bolero thinnings.
Onions: not weighed until dried and bagged.
Potatoes: 4.7 lbs Yukon Gold, plus the potatoes in the pictures.
Broccoli: a few side shoots
Scallions: .5 lbs
Beets: Red Ace 1.2 lbs
Swiss Chard: 2 lbs.

The rack holding the potatoes is an old dish drainer turned upside down. I  wash the root vegetables (carrots, beets & potatoes but not onions) before bring them home from my plot at Vassar Farm. Unfortunately, there are a lot of diseases in the soil at VF, and I don’t want to bring those home. The rack lets the veggies dry without sitting on the grass.

Did you notice how dead the grass is? Finally, we got some rain Sunday evening – a bit over an inch.

March 19, 2012

Harvest Monday, March 19

Filed under: Broccoli,Cabbage,Gardening,Greens,Kohlrabi,Lettuce,Peas,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:22 am

In 1979, the old-timer next door advised me that St. Patrick’s day is the traditional time to plant peas in the Hudson Valley. Well, now I’m the age of that old-timer and for the second time in my life I’ve planted peas on March 17. The first time I planted early I decided that an earlier harvest (3-4 days) was not worth planting in the cold & wet.

2011-2012 was not our typical winter. The ground froze only briefly and only a couple of inches. The past week the temperature has been in the 60’s & 70’s. Lovely weather, though the garden is getting quite dry. I took a thermometer out to the garden and measured the soil temperature. On 3/18 it was 70 on the surface (in the afternoon sun) and 51 degrees F. 6″ down. Plenty warm enough to plant peas.

3/14 Wednesday: finished the layouts for both gardens. (I’ll post them next week.)

3/15 Thursday: finished teaching Vegetable Gardening A-Z for 2012.

3/16 Friday: started lettuce for transplants

3/17 Saturday: started cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, beets, and kohlrabi for transplants. Outside I planted 20′ of Dwarf White Sugar snow peas along the fence. I bought the seed in 2010 and didn’t test it, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

3/18 Sunday: planted 10′ of Oregon Sugar Pod II snow peas and Bloomsdale spinach in a couple of rows down the other side of the bed opposite the peas.

3/19. The onions were planted 3/7 and the lettuce, just emerging, was planted 3/16.

Celeriac has tiny seed which is slow to sprout. This was planted 3/7 and sprouts are still emerging on 3/19.

All my seedlings are doing well. It’s been so warm that the seedlings have been out in the sun 4-6 hours every day, from the time they first emerged. They overnight inside, under the lights.  I potted up most of the sweet potatoes that were rooting last week. The Georgia Jets have been the slowest to root and several are still in water.

Rooted sweet potatoes for growing slips have been potted up.

Harvest: more salad of mache, chives, parsley & sorrel. Some of the mache is threatening to bolt and has lost its sweetness. New this week: violet leaves and leaves from a few mustard plants that sprouted last fall and over-wintered. New mustard is sprouting in the garden.

See Daphne’s Dandelions for more Harvest Mondays and discover what other gardeners are doing across the U.S.A. and around the world.

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