Garden and Canning, My Garden!

Garden Photos

Enjoy some photos of my garden:

My Best Garden Producer All Season
Radish seeds planted a few days ago are already germinating.
No Zucchini yet. But with a few weeks of warm weather left, I’m hopeful I’ll get a couple.
These tomaotes are a little late producing, but better late than never!
First Green Peppers of the Season
More Peppers
First Cucumber of the Season!

 

Thanks for allowing me to share my garden with you!  Enjoy your day!

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Garden Update

My garden and I have two things in common right now.  We don’t like the very hot weather we’ve had.   We had several days of 100 degree plus temperatures last month.  And my tomatoes and peppers (along with the rest of the garden) went on strike.

Very hot temperatures cause plants to shut down.  So once the weather moderated, the plants began to recover.  But I still have only a single tomato growing on one plant (I have five plants).

Can you see it?  It’s very tiny!

                 These potato tops seem to be growing.  But I don’t know if there are any potatoes yet!

              And my zucchini isn’t growing very well.  It’s been like this for the past several weeks.

Have you harvested anything from your garden?

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Garden Havest in June!

I can’t belive it’s already time to begin harvesting garlic and onions!  But over the past week or so, the tops on the onion began to fall over and change color.  The garlic leaves are turning brown and that means fresh garlic and onion!

                                                                                                                           Garlic                                                                                                                          Onions

Right now, they’re sitting on the patio table to dry out a little.  It will be over 100 degrees today so they won’t stay there too long.  I’ll probably put them on the front porch to protect them from the sun.  Once they’re completely dry (in a few days) I’ll store them!

I can’t wait to harvest more!  What have you harvested so far?

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My Garden in Photos

Planting time arrived a couple of weeks ago.  (You can begin planting after Mother’s Day, but the last couple of years I’ve waited until Memorial Day to get started).  So here are some pics of my newly planted garden. 

In order, from top to bottom:   Basil in container, Half Runner Green Beans (Require no staking but I will offer them a little support),  Onions (some are starting to fall over!  Soon it will be time to harvest them),  Red Pepper Plant, Beef Steak Tomato, and a Cherokee Purple Tomato.  I’m excited about the Cherokee Purple Tomato.  It is an heirloom and I hope it produces well.

Did you plant a garden?  What’s in yours?

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Lettuce in Unexpected Places

Several weeks ago, Punkin helped plant some lettuce seeds.  The next day I discovered that I’d forgotten to put the rest of the lettuce seeds away.   When I found the packet, it was empty-apparently Punkin thought more seeds needed to be planted.  The problem, however, was that I had no idea where the seeds were planted (or should I say dumped out).

While surveying my garden  a couple weeks later, I discovered lettuce growing among the onions.  I guess the wind blew some seeds and they took root there.  This makes me happy-I’d rather grow lettuce than worthless weeds.  I’ve also decided to begin interplanting lettuce and onions.  But this isn’t where the story ends.

We had Baby Girl’s first birthday party last Saturday and to prepare for it, I began pulling weeds in the backyard.  To my delight (and utter surprise), I discovered lettuce growing out of some cracks in our flagstone patio!

I decided not to pull the lettuce out of the patio.  I think it puts a great spin on Patio Gardening!

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Natural Weed Killer

It’s inevitable.  Every spring, grass begins to grow, trees begin to bud, and weeds begin to pop up.  We usually spray with Round Up or something.  But I realize that my kids play in the yard (at least Punkin does) and I don’t want them near those harsh, man-made chemicals that usually don’t even work.  So here’s a trick to killing weeds that I learned about somewhere last year and then saw put into practice on TV last week.  Beware:   This mixture will kill anything it comes in contact with, so don’t use on your lawn or in a garden.  I use it on the weeds in the rocks that surround my yard and on cracks in the driveway.

Supplies:  (You will use Five parts water to one cup of salt)

Water

Salt

Container to put mixture in

Directions:    Heat water on the stove until boiling.  Add Salt, stir, bring back to a boil.  Transfer water to an easy to pour container (I use a pitcher or something similar).  Take container with water and some additional salt to your weeds.  Slowly pour a small amount of water onto the weed until it wilts.  Then, pull up the weed and sprinkle a little salt where the weed was.  That should help kill the roots.  Repeat the process until you’ve pulled all of your weeds.

I did this last week, and so far, so good!  Weeds aren’t popping up but only time will tell if this method is a sure thing!

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It’s time to Plant!

Spring arrived weeks ago and  it’s time to get in the garden and plant!  April is a great time to begin planting your cool season veggies in Colorado.  If you’re new to gardening, you may be wondering what you can plant.  Well, wonder no longer!  Here is a list of cool season veggies that can go in the ground now:

Onions (usually planted in March though but April is not too late)

Garlic (if planted last fall, you will get bulbs; if you plant now, you’ll have green garlic)

Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard

Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and rutabagas

Peas (Soak the seeds overnight to speed up germination.  I missed that part so my seeds aren’t breaking through the ground yet

Broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, potatoes

Asparagus, chives, horseradish, rhubarb and shallots  (Perennial Plants-I do not grow these, but might try to plant chives this year)

If you have kids, get them involved by planting radishes (they are ready to harvest within about three weeks) and carrots.  Punkin wanted to plant carrots back in February because he saw Curious George plant them.  We started those carrots in a container and moved them outdoors when the weather was nicer.  They are growing beautifully!

                                                                          Onions planted last month.  Garlic is in the back, near the fence.

Pick a couple of veggies to plant or plant more.  Either way, you’ll be excited to eat some of what you grow.