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Planting & Harvesting in the Family of 4 Garden

Today was a busy day all over the garden, so I’ll be posting all week about the different things we did in the garden. Today I’ll focus on the Family of 4 Garden.

First, we harvested almost all of the remaining lettuce, spinach, and radishes because with the heat this week, they would probably be rather bitter or strongly flavored by next week. We harvested 4.25 pounds of salad greens and 1 bunch of radishes!

Once we had that harvesting done, we also picked out some peppers and got them planted. The five peppers chosen for the Family of 4 Garden were: Cayenne, NuMex Sunrise, Merlot, Purple Beauty, and Big Bertha.

Family of 4 Garden Harvest:

4.25 pounds of lettuce/spinach mix @ $7.00/lb = $29.75

1 bunch of radishes @ $1.39/bunch = $1.39

Weekly Total: $31.14

Year to Date: $71.02

Tomato Planting & Spring Harvests

Yesterday was the day that the Master Gardeners got dirty and got the first bunch of tomatoes in the ground. They planted tomatoes in the Family of 4 Garden, the “early” tomatoes in the Early & Late Tomato demonstration, and  the non-grafted heirloom tomatoes in the grafting demonstration.

We’re using the stake & weave system on the heirloom tomatoes, so they are planted in a row down the middle of the garden. I think we’ll be able to get the stakes in later this week and get the first level of twine on them.

In the Family of 4 Garden, we will be using tomato cages, and we are also double-cropping the space. We pulled out enough lettuce plants to make space for the tomato plants, and by the time the plants are larger, we will have pulled out the remaining lettuce.

The grafted heirlooms will probably get planted next week. They are just now getting big enough to think about going outside. Today is their first day outside, in fact! They are in a sheltered spot out of most of the wind and in the shade of one of the gooseberry bushes. They are almost big enough to pop off the grafting clips, but not quite.

Since we pulled some lettuce and spinach to make room for the tomatoes, we have more to report for the Family of 4 Harvest this week.

Family of 4 Garden Harvest

2.8 lbs. mixed lettuce @ $7.00/lb = $19.60

0.5 lb spinach @ $7.00/lb = $3.50

1 bunch radishes @ $1.39/bunch = $1.39

Weekly Total = $24.49

Year to Date = $39.88

Friday PhotoEssay

It’s that time again! This week has just flown by. This might be long, because I took a whole bunch of pictures this week.

The leeks we transplanted this spring are growing like crazy. We hilled them up a little bit this week, to encourage them to have nice long white stems. We’ll have to find some mulch or compost to hill them up more in a couple weeks.

Our beautifully photogenic radicchio is no more…It decided that the hot and cold temperatures were more than it could handle and started bolting. (Bolting is another way of saying that it was putting up a flower/seed stalk.) Most leafy greens are no longer edible once they’ve started bolting.

The ‘Caraflex’ cabbage is beginning to roll up the center leaves to form a head. This is a mini cabbage that will have a conical shape. You can sort of see that shape developing already.

The strawberries are absolutely loaded, and they seem to show no signs of stopping blooming! How many potential red, ripe strawberries do you count in this picture? (Hint: I got well over 30 before I lost track of which ones I already counted!) And this is only about 1 sq. ft. of our strawberry patch. Yikes! I hope we get enough rain to produce large berries.

The ornamental alliums are the big, showy splash in the middle of the garden right now. Aren’t they stunning?

Our obnoxiously thorny gooseberry bush is once again loaded with fruit. Our thornless gooseberry bush once again has almost no fruit on it. There must be a correlation between thorns and fruiting volume!

The cool season veggies are sure growing by leaps and bounds! The unimaginative might just see this as green, green, and more green. I would challenge you to look again and see how beautiful and artistic the different shades of green are, especially in combination with the different leaf textures!

Have a great weekend!

Video …err…Thursday!

I guess I got so excited to post about aphids yesterday that I completely forgot about Video Wednesday. So this week we’re having Video Thursday!

How do you keep your vegetable plants spaced appropriately when you are planting? Ward Upham shares a simple tool that can really help in the garden.

First Harvest of 2011

We had our first big harvest day for the spring out of the Family of 4 Garden. Lettuce, more lettuce, spinach, and radishes were all ready for a harvest.

The ‘Skyphos’ Red Butterhead lettuce is gorgeous, as expected. We also harvested some spinach and some of the ‘Flashy Trout Back’ Lettuce.

We harvested about every other plant down to the ground, and then picked the largest leaves off of the remaining plants. The plants we cut near the base will regrow more leaves. We can cut the other plants next week. We’ll have to pull some plants next week, because we need to get the tomatoes planted in that area!

There’s the bunch of radishes. Aren’t they gorgeous? Everything was a little muddy today, but we aren’t complaining because we finally got some rain! We measured about 0.8 inch in our rain gauge.

Family of 4 Garden Harvest

2 lbs of mixed salad greens (weight adjusted for water & mud) @ $7.oo/lb. = $14.00

1 bunch of radishes @ $1.39/lb = $1.39

Weekly Total = $15.39

Year to Date = $15.39