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#31 of 46 Old 06-15-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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I'm in zone 4 with a last frost date of June 1st. We actually had a frost June 3rd this year! I've been a bit slow with planting and some things were just planted last week! (Corn, pumpkin, squash). I was late getting going last summer too and the squash and pumpkins had PLENTY of time to grow. The only thing I had a problem with was the peppers and tomatoes. The peppers were just starting to really grow when it got too cold and the tomatoes though I had a TON didn't really have a chance to ripen on the vine. I brought most of them inside. 


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Yay! DD will be so happy, I'll go ahead and put some pumpkins in, then. Last year we had some grow from a pumpkin I'd tossed the previous Fall, so it certainly started on time, but had barely started forming fruit before it froze. I think it just didn't have enough sun where it was, though.  Lost all of our tomatoes to an early frost last year, too, despite covering them. They were all still green. Not that we didn't eat them anyway. orngtongue.gif

 

We had crazy late frosts this Spring, too, which has really thrown us off. I couldn't get things in when I had a bit more time to work on it.

 

The Kale plants have perked right  up today, hurray! I was pretty sure they would, Kale is so hardy, but they were so limp I was pretty worried.

 

Picked up some Cherry tomatoes, Sage, Banana peppers, Jalapeno peppers, and Serrano peppers at the farmer's market today. I just was not real sure our Cherry tomatoes were going to get far, they seem so scrawny.

 

So I guess I still have to put in: Pumpkins, Corn, Beans, Squashes, Cabbages, Lettuce, and transplant the Peas.


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I have a little Peter Rabbit in my garden. Twice now he's bolted from the garden as soon as I cleared the path between him and the shed, where he apparently has a little home. I don't mind, I've got plenty to share and there certainly aren't many of them. But I worry he'll encounter my dogs someday! :fingerscrossed:

 

Is anyone else looking for creative uses for squash and zucchini? Grilled, fritters, raw in salads, muffins, and a super yummy squash soup have done us well so far. 

 

I pulled all my garlic yesterday, and a good portion of shallots. They're handing in the shed for curing. Hopefully it's warm and dry enough in there...I've never done this before. 

 

 


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I've seen one bunny so far.. (!really gross alert!) Earless head removed, nothing left but the little back feet and all the skin. puke.gif Uuuuuggghhh I can only hope it was dead before that was done! Poor little thing. I tried to explain to the cats that vegans should be except from having to clean things like that up, but I don't think they were listening shy.gif

 

As to squash and zucchini, I have a friend from Mexico who told me to plant way way extra because the flowers are oh-so-delicious, and she said they use them for all sorts of things. She said that squash blossom soup is some of the most succulent soup, there are squash blossom crepes, you can eat them filled with nice things, batter them and deep fry them, crystallize them, and more.. in her words, "They have this delicate flavor that is just...MMM!" orngbiggrin.gif We're going to be trying some out.

 

 


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My 2 year old had a great time with the snow peas, I only got a few harvests early on that went into stirfry the rest he and the 5 year old ate while playing out back. Hey they're eating veggies I'm happy. They're wilted and yellow now, can't take the heat. I only got a few radishes unfortunately but they were good though. We've had some lettuce to eat, I finally managed to grow good lettuce (it was dry and bitter last year). The beans are just starting the produce, this is my first year trying bush style plants they seem pretty stunted, hope I get something out of them. Tomatoes look good this year I have a good many green fruits growing, just waiting on them to start ripening. My 5 year old's carrots are edible but pretty small so far, I promised to pay him $.05 a carrot if he can get them to a good size for me. Little squash fruits have started growing. Birds are taking all our blackberries. Potatoes look like they're coming along.

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We are now eating swiss chard, along with mega amounts of lettuce. Saving money on the food budget already. Yeah!

 

So our really nice neighbor with the roto tiller came over yesterday and tilled a large overgrown area in our garden. The spot we can now put the bean teepee, squash and tomatoes. I am SO happy!

 

Looks like my cabbage and broc are still caterpillar free too.

 

Only remaining issue is that 2 raised beds (that were built last year with fresh premium soil) are not growing the vegetables, except some peas. Everything is completely stunted. I have finally figured out that I put too much ash on those beds and now the PH is all out of whack. Bummed about this.

 

Decided to wait for the peas to finish, attempt to transplant the leeks to another bed and pull the rest. Then add compost and replant in later summer for fall crops. No more ash.

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My dog has found a new favorite food.  Cantaloupe.  First he ate the rind I left for the chickens to peck at (they cleaned it out, but the dog at the rest).  Then he dug out the cantaloupe seeds I *just* planted an hour ago and ate those along with massive mouthfuls of dirt.  Stupid mutt.

 

Does anyone know if cantaloupe seeds need to be dried out for a certain amount of time before I can plant them?  I've been massively eating it lately and tossing the seeds into the compost.  But if I can plant them, I want to do that.  The heirloom ones I paid a pretty penny for didn't come up and now the dog ate the organic ones I just planted.  Momma wants to grow a stinking cantaloupe already!


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My dog has found a new favorite food.  Cantaloupe.  First he ate the rind I left for the chickens to peck at (they cleaned it out, but the dog at the rest).  Then he dug out the cantaloupe seeds I *just* planted an hour ago and ate those along with massive mouthfuls of dirt.  Stupid mutt.

 

Does anyone know if cantaloupe seeds need to be dried out for a certain amount of time before I can plant them?  I've been massively eating it lately and tossing the seeds into the compost.  But if I can plant them, I want to do that.  The heirloom ones I paid a pretty penny for didn't come up and now the dog ate the organic ones I just planted.  Momma wants to grow a stinking cantaloupe already!

I don't think you need to dry the seeds, but I also don't think they will come up this year. You may just find lots of little cantaloupe plants in your compost pile next year. I actually have three cantaloupe plants in my garden right now that came up this spring from a cantaloupe that I trench composted last summer. The plants are beautiful, and I'm really hoping they fruit!

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I pulled several green tomatoes off to pickle them for a dinner I'm throwing wednesday (yard-to-table dinner). I'm excited to try these:

 

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Those look great, RosieL! It's so exciting to see pictures and updates from people in warmer zones, it's like a window into the wonderful things to come love.gif

 

I have officially just finished getting everything in the ground that's going in the ground!! orngbiggrin.gif joy.giftreehugger.gif 

 

There just aren't enough super-excited smileys to express just how absolutely stoked I am about that, it feels soooo good! orngtongue.gif

 

My corn / bean / squash mounds are packed tighter than recommended, but I didn't have enough room to space them correctly and still have enough corn to pollinate each other, so we'll see how that goes.


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I picked 2 radishes today. Hopefully the first of many veggies to come from the garden this summer. :) 

 

I spent a good part of Friday and Saturday in the garden clearing up weeds, planting the last of the potatoes, building a little work table in the garden and started building some trellises. I have hopes that the garden will be much tidier this summer! 

 

I didn't look at the garden Sunday and then this morning I saw all the corn had popped their heads up and were a couple inches tall. Crazy how fast things grow once they get started! 


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I pulled several green tomatoes off to pickle them for a dinner I'm throwing wednesday (yard-to-table dinner).


That looks fabulous and I'm so jealous!

I don't even have flowers on my tomato plants yet. greensad.gif Of course, my plants are only about 6" tall so they aren't exactly ready to be supporting tomatoes like the ones in your picture.

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I pulled several green tomatoes off to pickle them for a dinner I'm throwing wednesday (yard-to-table dinner).




That looks fabulous and I'm so jealous!

I don't even have flowers on my tomato plants yet. greensad.gif Of course, my plants are only about 6" tall so they aren't exactly ready to be supporting tomatoes like the ones in your picture.


My tomato plants are at that stage too. Someday we'll get tomatoes! 


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Juise, I know the feeling!!! I've wanted to try the three sisters...will you post pictures of their progress as they grow? 


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So I heard from a friend who stopped by today that food costs are going up. He had us watch a news clip (was in french or I'd link) that said food costs are on their way up due to various factors: flooding and other bad weather around the world, biofuel production, increase in oil costs, and increased demand. I knew this already (had been aware of it since 2008?) but it was "nice" to be validated. Also, I'm sure this is local for Quebec, but they said if you spend $7000/year on groceries, expect the amount to go up by $400/year. PER YEAR! (We don't spend quite that much per year but we're just 2 people. Throw in some kids and I can see it costing that much!)

 

I don't make money but consider my role as a saver of money. DH has always been on board with gardening but I think he realized today just how much of a difference it can make.

 

I want to stay on top of things this year and keep planting as I harvest out sections. 


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RosieL, sure thing! I'm not sure how great of an impact the inadequacy of proper space will have, but we'll see. I'll take some pics as we go.

 

Heather, that's one of the reasons we try to grow food. It's also much better for the environment (you can't get any more local than your own yard! thumb.gif ) and healthier, as the food does not lose so many nutrients in transport. I also just plain think it feels good to grow your own food, and DD1 loves helping. I am happy that she is so connected with and understanding of where food comes from.

 

We're raising chickens for the first time this year for all the same reasons. (Just for eggs, not meat.) They're pretty great and it's really exciting... they won't start laying until nearer to Fall, they are still young, but it is going to be WEIRD. We've been vegan for about 8 years, and the thought of eating an egg still really freaks me out, let alone feeding one to my kids. faint.gifBut morally I will have no issues eating our own eggs, I know they have space, I know they are truly organic and truly loved and treated well, and also that the eggs are unfertilized, which I know doesn't seem to bother most people, but really grosses me out. It's still just plain weird, though. redface.gif


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