Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

September Harvest Meal

I was considering whether we might like to have a meal from the food we harvest in September.  It looks like we will have lots of potatoes and beans as well as carrots to eat. Some options could include having steak with chimi-cheri sauce made from the parsley, garlic and oregano now we have as well as mashed potatoes.  Beans and carrots could be the vegetable part of the meal. I make pretty good mashed potatoes if I do say so myself. Another nice idea would be to have roasted garlic spread over French bread.

This meal would be after school and would require a fair amount of preparation.  If we made this a full meal, we probably would not be eating until after 4:30. But I think it would be a lot of fun to prepare. And I think we could make a fairly gourmet meal.

Anyways let me know what you think by leaving comments after this message.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Aug. 8th

 Impressive Construction!
A Baby of Ladybugs?
Expecting lots of tomatoes!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beans, Tomatoes and Buckwheat

The beans are really growing in the heat!  I saw the flowers today too on the bean plants.  I think we should have quite a few beans by the time school starts in September.  One thing to note however:  you should not do any pruning or cutting of the beans.  They may grow past the top of the pole, but that is OK.  They will form a nice solid clump of green, and will eventually become a big green wall.    Also, you shouldn't need to tie the beans up as they are quite good at growing up poles.   In other words, beans, like zucchini, like to be left alone.

Also, I see the tomatoes have been harvested.  Just make sure the tomatoes you harvest are red, as they will not ripen very well after being picked.  Thanks also for tying up the tomato poles so well.  

Finally, we seeded a cover crop of buckwheat in the west-most garlic box.  Since the buckwheat is growing on the surface, it will need to be watered by hand for the first week or two.  I gave it a sprinkle today, but for the first while it will need daily watering.  Many of the seeds are already sprouting, which is really amazing, as it only took a few short days.  By the looks of it, the buckwheat will be growing quickly by the end of August.

I might come by to meet you guys tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am or so.  Perhaps we can explore what needs to be done to get the garden board put up.  See you then!

Aug. 5th

Want some raspberries?
 They are growing!
 The beans start flowering!
They grow so fast!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Garlic Harvest!

We pulled the garlic out to dry today.  I think it looks like a promising harvest, with nice big bulbs and intact covering skins.  We put the garlic in the breezeway to dry, and we'll know in a month how well it will preserve.  Here are some photos:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Photos from Aug. 1st

New Energy!
 Last peek of the garlic plants
So green! Nice spinach
New plants popping out
 Finally they are getting red!
 The shape of the leaves of basil changed, what happened?

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(This is taken on 1st, Aug)

Garlic Harvesting on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10am

It is time to harvest the garlic.  We will meet to harvest the garlic and to tie it up to dry on Friday, August 3 at 10am.  I did a test harvest today, and it is definitely ready.  I pulled out a few bulbs.  The individual cloves are visible, but the covering of the garlic seems intact.  Here is a picture of one of the cloves:

We have quite a few to dig up, and then to hang, and it should be fun.  See you there!