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Spring Garden 2013

Posted by olemike on 05/24/2013


It’s been forever since I’ve posted.  One thing I have discovered about blogging.  If you don’t post regularly, it is very easy to get out of the habit and before you know it, it may have been months since the last post.

Right now, I’m playing catch up on my spring garden postings.  I am going to break it down into two separate posts.  The first will be a look shortly after I had planted (early April) and secondly, a more current status.  This spring we planted 1 bed of all beets (Early Wonder) for canning purposes, 3 Patty Pan squash, 1 zucchini, 6 Celebrity tomato plants for canning, and 5 heirloom tomato plants( Brandywine, Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Abraham, Lincoln, and Amish Paste) for eating, 3 cucumbers, and about 6 basil plants.  We are planting more tomatoes this year than normal because we want to experiment with various types.

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I also have some pictures of onions and red cabbage which I planted last fall.  They really took off when it started to warm up this spring.

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 In the next couple of days, I will follow-up with a current status.  There are quite a few changes.


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Healthy Eating with Broccoli and Fish

Posted by olemike on 12/02/2012

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The little lady prepared this meal a couple of days ago.  We had baked Talapia and steamed Broccoli from our winter garden.  Leona seasoned the fish with dried tomatoes and canned green tomatoes which were canned by Leona’s daughter, Julie.  This was a great meal and very healthy as well.

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More Stewed Tomatoes

Posted by olemike on 08/27/2012

This past Friday, Leona put up another 9 pints of stewed tomatoes.  That makes 33 pints so far for the summer – not a lot by some standards but enough to take us to next summer.  However, I think we will have at least two more cannings before the tomatoes are through producing.  Oh well, we can give them as Christmas gifts.

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Canning Stewed Tomatoes

Posted by olemike on 07/24/2012

Last Friday we canned our first tomatoes this summer.  We put up 6 pints of stewed tomatoes.  We had planted Roma tomatoes this year and so far the yield has been pretty good.  We used about 40 tomatoes (about 9 lbs.) for the six pints.  The plants are still just loaded with more tomatoes.  We expect lots more canning to be done in the future.   These are really sweet and have a wonderful taste.   See pictures below.

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Morning Harvest

Posted by olemike on 07/12/2012

Here is our July 12 garden bounty.  We are now up to 81 Patty Pans, 31 Zucchini, 21 cucumbers, and 3 peppers.  Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen.  Should be lots more over the next few weeks.  Those shown here are Roma’s and we hope to use them for canning stewed tomatoes.

The neighbors have started to lock their doors and close their shades when they see us coming with more squash.  We have inundated the neighborhood.

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2012 Spring Garden Update

Posted by olemike on 05/23/2012

I finally have all of my raised beds planted so thought I would do an update for my blog.

The 5 beds you see contain  Yellow Patty Pan Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers (being grown on a trellis), Pole Beans, Beets, Tomatoes (both determinate for canning and indeterminate for eating). Nothing looks really great right now but many of these were just recently set out.

Bed # 5 still has onions and garlic which we planted in the fall.

We are just now starting to harvest and dry them.

Here is a recent picture of my potato box.  It is still growing quite well.  I do need to add some more soil right away.  This is as tall as I will make the box.

We should start to see some produce in a few weeks.  We are already getting some small Patty Pan squash forming.  It won’t be long now.

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