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Patty Pan Pandemonium

Posted by olemike on 06/28/2012

The Patty Pan squash are just exploding in numbers.  Here is a look at this mornings harvest from our first 4 plants.   We have picked 48 of them in recent days.  In fact, we are already giving them away to our neighbors.  We can’t eat them all.    Also shown here is our first green pepper of the season and a good-sized zucchini.

The plants have beautiful blooms.  Here are a couple of shots with bees included.

I am keeping track by both weight and quantity of our harvest this year.  I’ll publish a status in a few weeks.

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New Playground Mulch for Garden

Posted by olemike on 06/22/2012

Yesterday, Leona and I hauled in 1.5 yards of playground mulch  to place around the garden beds.  We moved the straw we previously had up into the beds to use as mulch for moisture retention.   All in all, we like how things came out.  The garden looks much cleaner.  Take a look.

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Mid June Garden Status

Posted by olemike on 06/19/2012

I just returned from a trip to Missouri for a high school reunion (more about that in another post) and we also took a central Missouri day trip (Watch Travel category for that).  Anyway, I thought it was time for a garden status report.  During my absence, Leona had been picking squash left and right.

We are getting Patty Pan squash about every day and Zucchini about every other day.  There is nothing better than fresh summer squash.  Add a little butter and it melts in your mouth.

We are also starting to get cucumbers.  Haven’t yet picked one but tomorrow is the target date.

We harvested our onions and garlic a few days ago.  After drying them in the beds, we hung them in the garage for further drying.  This was our first effort with both and we were pleased with the result.

The Crenshaw melons we planted are doing well but a long while to go before we will harvest anything.

The peppers and tomatoes are also looking good but no produce yet.   Our weather is getting hot so the tomatoes should be doing well.

We just planted 4 more squash in the bed vacated by the onions.  However, we planted what the nursery called “Peter Pan” squash rather than “Patty Pan”.  They look similar except they are a light green color instead of yellow.  We’ll see how they turn out.  No results yet on my potato box but it shouldn’t be too much longer.

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American’s Heartland

Posted by olemike on 06/11/2012

If you do not watch America’s Heartland, you are missing out big time.  For the farmers out there (even the back yard farmers), this is a show to watch.  Here locally, it is on PBS every Wednesday evening at 07:30 P.M.

Each week they present 3 or 4 individual stories about the farmers across the nation.  I am inspired every time I watch.  It’s make you proud to be an American.

Check it out.  You won’t be sorry.

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Spring Garden’s First Harvest

Posted by olemike on 06/07/2012

Here are two recent pictures.  First, the last mess of peas of the season

and secondly, the first Patty Pan squash.

Both of these have excellent taste.  There will be lots more squash in the near future.

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