From Plums to Peaches

August 12th, 2011

All the plums on the tree are now gone. They are the earliest ripening fruit tree and are delicious. Just ask the raccoons. They got about half of them. Next is the frost peaches. Looks like the raccoons will fight me for those too.

The bush beans are flowering. The pole beans are getting ready to flower.

I’ve been eating SunGold tomatoes which are ripening now when the sun shines.

Plum Job

August 5th, 2011

My plum tree, an “Imperial Epeneuse” has about 50 plums that are ripening more and more every day. A raccoon found out and tried to get some and broke a branch. I set up a “deer scare” that shoots out water on a motion detector, and a second branch got broken. I guess he’s coming in over the fence. It sure is a battle. I can’t pick the plums too soon or they won’t ripen. My grandson likes the plums so I’m trying to save as many for him as I can.

One Tomato…

July 29th, 2011

The hummingbirds are zipping across my deck going between the crocosmia that grows on both sides of my deck.

I have a saucer on my picnic table the birds are using as a bird bath.

I tasted my first tomato of the year. It was a SunGold. It was sweet and more are coming. Did any of you use the red plastic bag that goes over the tomatoes that Ciscoe talked about? I didn’t and I’m wondering if you got tomatoes sooner.

My lemon cucumbers are forming. One is about an inch in size.

I picked 3 green peppers that I ate tonight. I have to keep picking them so they keep producing more.

From Peas to Cukes

July 22nd, 2011

I took down the pea vines. I don’t compost them for reuse in the vegetable garden in case they are diseased or have fungus. I put them in a different compost pile that goes in the orchard.

I will turn over the soil and let it rest a week, then plant a fall crop. Broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, chard, napa, bok choy, things like that.

My cucumbers are coming along. Both lemon and regular green cucumbers.

My tomato bushes are quite lush and setting tomatoes. 6 of 7 bushes have tomatoes forming.

Warm Weather Is My Friend

July 8th, 2011

Thanks to the warm weather, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables are finally growing. I’m continuing to fertilize to speed things along. Fall will be upon us before we know it.

I harvested enough peas to almost fill a large paper grocery bag. I freeze those peas for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve been sharing the sugar snap peas with friends and co-workers. I’ve been harvesting my lettuce for salads.

Sockin’ It to My Apples

July 1st, 2011

I’ve covered my apples with nylon “Apple Socks”. When the apples are about 1″ in size, cover each one with a sock, adjust the sock so the stem is centered, then pinch the sock around the stem so it seals as much as possible and stays on. As the apple grows in size, the sock grows with it. I’ve done this for the last five years and my apples have been free of apple maggots. If there are clusters of apples, this is a good time to thin out the clusters.

Warm weather is finally here. I put pole bean seeds in the ground and they are up in a week. I put a tall pole in the middle and about 8 beans around. The beans will climb up and twist around the pole.

Summertime! And the living is peas-y

June 24th, 2011

It always seems to happen. When the peony flowers open, it rains and the flowers fill with water and fall over.

I’ve been eating and thinning the radishes and beets so the remaining ones can get larger. My cucumbers are still under row cover, which is a good move because it has still been cool day and night.

I’ve eaten a few of the edible pod sugar snap peas. The ones I grew have no strings along the back.

I’ve also eaten a few strawberries as well. The raspberries are coming.

Say Peas!

June 10th, 2011

Our weather is finally getting warmer. The soil and planting beds are not so wet anymore. The crookneck squash and zucchini are out in the garden with the butternut squash. I will plant my cucumber under row cover this weekend. I planted the basil seeds in 4-inch pots in my house. They should be ready to transplant in about two weeks.

My peas are full of blossoms. I hope to be seeing the little green peas soon and eating them in a couple of weeks. The green peppers are setting flowers.

Get Planting!

June 3rd, 2011

My Tall Telephone peas are flowering. I actually picked and ate two whole strawberries!

Spinach is getting taller. Lettuce is doing well. I’m still eating the rhubarb.

The soil is warming up. Time to get everything planted. I’m going to plant my Butternut squash by digging a hole that’s about a foot wide and deep, put in some mushroom compost with the squash and a handful of 5-5-5 all purpose fertilizer.

70! At Last!

May 20th, 2011

What wonderful warm days we are finally having. Today it hit 70 for the first time since last November. Time to plant zucchini, crookneck squash, butternut squash, green peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, tomatillo, etc. I still use the floating row cover until the evenings are above 45 degrees.