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Corn and Tomato Harvest Going Great, Fall Seedlings Planted

Started harvesting the Silver Queen white corn about 2 weeks ago and the roma tomatoes  really started to come on over the last week or so.  I harvested about 30 pounds of roma tomatoes today and processed them  using a food strainer to make sauce to freeze.  The corn has been really good and harvest will finish up within the next few days.  After that, the corn stalks will be cut down and a late planting of bush green beans will go in this bed.  There is only about 60 more days until the first fall frost in my zone 5 garden.  The fall cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce seedlings have all been planted out into the garden.  Now we just need some rain as it has been pretty dry lately.  I also planted some Scarlet Nantes carrots seeds about 2 weeks ago, and most have germinated.  The King of the Garden pole lima beans are way behind this year.  The vines have just started to flower, so I am not sure if I will get any beans off of these before the first fall frost.  I am not sure what has caused this lack of production.  I guess it might be all of the cool weather we have been having.  Harvest also continues on the celery and peppers.  Another bed of bush green beans is just starting to flower, so it won’t be long before harvest begins on these.  I might get some radish seeds in the ground in another few weeks.  If you have not started your fall garden, do so now.  Fall is a great time to garden.

Onions Harvested - Still Waiting on Tomatoes and Corn

Onions were harvested last week and are now nearly dry enough to store.  The onion harvest was pretty good this year with many 2 to 3 inch sized bulbs.  A few yellow Candy onions approached 4 inches in diameter.  The Red Candy Apple onions did not get as big, which is normal, but they did grow pretty well for me as well (see pictures below).  Still waiting for the first ripe roma tomato and the first cob of Silver Queen white sweet corn.  The initial harvest was good on the cucumbers with still more on the vines.  Harvested many hot banana peppers over the last month or so, with many more coming on.  The spring planted broccoli is still producing amazing numbers of side shoots and I still have a few more heads of cabbage to harvest.  Harvest also continues on the spring planted celery.  Harvest finished up on the late spring planted bush green beans, but more should be ready in another 6 weeks or so.  The broccoli, cauliflower,  cabbage, and lettuce that I started in seedling trays around the first of July are starting to get some size to them.  I should be able to transplant all of them out into the garden in another 2 weeks or so.  My garden was getting really dry but I got some much needed rain a few days ago, Hoooray!!!  Fall is just around the corner, so plan (plant) accordingly :-)

Onions Drying on Fencing

Some of the Larger Candy and Red Candy Onions Harvested

Spring Harvest Update-Time for Fall Seed Starting

Wow, a lot has happened in the garden since my last blog update of a month ago.  Broccoli harvesting started on June 9th.  The heads were a little smaller than normal, but I still had a decent harvest overall with more side shoots still coming on.  The harvest on the Mr. Big peas started on June 20th with still a few more peas left to harvest.  The pea harvest this year was a little better than normal.  Lettuce is just about finished for the spring.  The spring lettuce harvest was pretty good this year, but I had a lot of trouble with slugs.  I still have a few small Buttercrunch lettuce plants still growing.  The onions tops on the Red Candy Apple and Candy are starting to fall over, so harvest and curing will be taking place in another 3 weeks or so.  The Golden Acre cabbage plants are still growing, but most of the heads look like they will be somewhat small this year.  The Red Norland potato vines have mostly turned brown and harvest might begin on some of these in a few days.  The bulk will be left unharvested for a few more weeks to dry out a bit before digging and storage.  The hot banana peppers continue to produce some peppers with many more to come.  The Diva cucumbers are growing like mad and with many inch long cucumbers observed growing along the vines.  The Derby bush green beans have very small green beans on some of the plants, so it won’t be long until harvest begins on those.  The King of the Garden pole limas are really starting to get growing and all vines have made it up the top of the trellises.  The Roma tomatoes have all just about reached the top of the cages, with many small immature tomatoes observed on the plants.  The Tango celery plants are big enough to start harvesting the outer stalks.  Harvest will start on those today, YUM.  The white Silver Queen corn is starting to tassel and it looks like it will be a good corn crop this year.  The weather has been pretty good with just the right amount of rain.  I hope the good weather continues throughout the rest of the growing season (knock on wood).

I will be starting seeds of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and lettuce in a few more days for transplanting out into the garden during the first week of August.  Wow, it is hard to believe that fall planting is starting up now.    Go on over to my Facebook page to see more pictures of my garden which were taken today.  Happy Summer Vegetable Growing!!!

Candy and Red Candy Apple Onions Growing Nicely

Tomatoes, Peppers, and Cucumbers Growing Very Well

Garden 100% Planted

My Garden is now fully 100% planted.  Corn was planted on May 3, 9 celery plants on or about May 4, six Roma tomato plants were planted on May 4, peppers on May 5, and King of the Garden lima beans on May 6, 8 cucumber seedlings on or about May 10 along with bush green bean seeds.  The garden experienced some patchy frost on the morning of the 18th of May.  Luckily, no plants were damaged by this late frost.  The weather has been cooler than normal and fairly wet.  Two inches of rain fell within about 2 hours on May 21st, along with some pea sized hail.  A few of the lettuce leaves sustained some minor holes, but nothing too severe.  The forecast is for drier and warmer weather for about the next week.  The cool season plants like lettuce, radish, onions, cabbage, broccoli, etc. are really growing well.  With all of this rain, slugs are becoming a problem on the lettuce. About the only thing you can do is hand pick them off of the plant.  I hand picked a few cabbage worms off of the brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage plants.  If the worms get any worse, I will have to spray them with Spinosad. A few of the broccoli plants have very small heads forming already.  Harvest continues on the lettuce, green onions, and radish.  The Red Norland potato vines are growing like made and a few of the vines will probably start blooming within the week.  Check out my Facebook page for updated photos of my garden.  May is my favorite gardening month.  Happy Planting!!

Garden Half Planted, Spring Garden Growing Nicely

My garden is now half planted, with the only things left to plant, when the weather warms a bit more, are celery, peppers, tomatoes, corn, beans, and cucumbers.  Red Norland potatoes were planted on 4/12, about half of the lettuce seedlings were transplanted out into the garden (under the hoop) on 4/13, broccoli and cabbage seedlings went into the garden on 4/19, and brussels sprouts seedlings went out a few days ago.  Just starting to harvest a few leaves from the overwintered lettuce, but it is growing slower than normal this year.  The early seeded radishes are also slow growing. Started harvesting some green onions from the fall planted top-setting onions about 4 days ago, with many more harvests to come.   See a few pics of the garden taken 4/27 below.  Check out even more pics on my Facebook Page.  Happy Spring Planting :-)

Spring Planted Lettuce Growing Nicely Under Hoop

Garden Peas Starting to Get Bigger

Broccoli and Cabbage Seedlings Adjusting to Their New Home

Onions, Peas, and Radish Planted - Rain Galore

Radish and pea seeds were sown about one week ago. Received my onion plants from Dixondale about 5 days ago and then it proceeded to rain heavily for 2 days. The garden soil is still very wet, but I went ahead and planted out the onion plants today in the mud (see picture below), taking care not to disturb the soil too much. I planted about 170 onion plants (about 1/3rd were Red Candy Apple and 2/3rd were Candy). The weather has been anything but normal around here. Because of the colder than normal late winter and early spring, I am at least two weeks behind a normal spring planting schedule. Because of the cold temperatures I delayed starting some of my seeds for fear of losing them in the cold frame. Hopefully the worst of the cold is behind me. I will not be able to transplant any of my lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage seedlings for at least another 2 weeks. Oh well, every year there is always a different challenge when it comes to the weather. Here’s hoping for drier and warmer weather!!

Candy and Red Cany Onion Seedlings Planted on 4-6-14

Seedlings Growing Inside Cold Frame, 4-6-14

Overwintered Lettuce, More Seeds Started, Compost Moved

The overwintered lettuce seems to be greening up a bit under the hoop. I checked out the plants thoroughly for the first time a few days ago. They seem to be doing fine (see picture below). Hopefully these lettuce plants will start growing bigger leaves within the next month. I planted radish seeds and some onion top sets around these lettuce plants 2 days ago. With any luck I should be harvesting fresh radishes in another month or so. I will be starting my green pepper seeds today along with a few more lettuce seeds. I emptied both of my compost bins yesterday and spread it onto the garden beds. Some of the compost in the bigger bin was still frozen, but I was able to chop most of it up with a shovel. The last big frozen clump of compost I lifted into the wheelbarrow and rolled it into one of the unoccupied garden beds to thaw. Wow, shoveling and moving compost is a big job!! The garden beds were even dry enough for me to get out my Mantis tiller and work them over a bit. The weather was been colder than normal, but at least the snow has melted and my soil has finally unthawed and dried out. My onion starts should be arriving from Dixondale in another week. I am hopeful to be able to direct plant my peas out into the garden in another 2 weeks. Happy Spring Gardening!!

Overwintered Lettuce Greening Up, 3-21-14

Spring is Here, Cold Fame is Up, Starting Seeds Soon

I am hopeful that spring is finally here (knock on wood). Most of the snow here in Central Indiana has melted so I put up my cold frame today and will start some lettuce seeds indoors in a few days. In about another five days I will start broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and celery seeds inside. After all seeds germinate I will move them to the cold frame. I peaked under my plastic hoop the other day and it looks like most of the lettuce plants have survived the winter outside under the hoop. I might try to plant some radish seeds under this hoop within the week. The fall planted top setting onions are starting to show some green top growth. Wow, am I ready for spring this year!!! Happy Early Spring Planting!!

Late December Garden Still Producing

The late December garden in still producing.  The last of the late summer planted carrots were harvested on December 28th (see pics below).  There were about 35 carrots are varying sizes.  Theses carrots, variety Scarlet Nantes,  grew fairly well under the plastic covered hoop.  Even though it was very cold for about 2 weeks prior to harvesting, the soil under the hoop did not freeze.  If you have not tried growing carrots in the fall, you should.  Carrots that mature in the cooler fall weather are as sweet as candy!  Over the last month I have also been enjoying fresh cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts from the garden.  Now I am anxiously awaiting spring.  My mailbox has been filling up with seed catalogs.  I will be inventorying all of my seeds and ordering new seeds, as needed, within the next month.  Make sure to order early for the best selection.

I would like to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous 2014!!

Carrots Before Harvesting that were Growing Under Hoop

Carrots After Harvesting

November Garden Still Producing

Happy Veterans Day!  My November garden is still producing, although at a much slower pace. Harvest started on the Brussels sprouts about a week ago and more will be harvested today.  Low temperatures are predicted to be in the low 20’s in a few days, so I will be harvesting the remaining broccoli today and maybe one or two heads of cauliflower.  The cauliflower has not grown that well for me this year.  The plants are really big, but the heads have been slow to develop.  I might harvest a few more heads of cabbage today.  The cabbage plants are currently growing under a row cover.  The “beauregard” sweet potatoes were harvested about 3 weeks ago.  Some of the potatoes were close to 1 foot long!  Harvest has continued on the lettuce, which is now growing under a plastic covered hoop.  Since the forecast is for really cold temperatures, I might go ahead and harvest the rest of the mature lettuce today.  The other smaller to medium sized lettuce plants I will leave growing under the hoop all winter and, with any luck, some of the plants will survive the winter and give a decent early harvest next spring.  The August planted carrots are also growing under another hoop.  The carrots are starting to get some size to them, but I will leave them in the ground for now.  The top setting onions were planted out about 10 days ago.  Half of these will be harvested for green onions early next spring and the rest will be allowed to grow for new top sets for replanting in the fall of 2014. Check out my Facebook page for more updated pictures taken today.

Good Sized Brussels Sprouts Ready for Harvesting