Monday, May 9, 2011

Harvest Monday 5.9.11

Hard to believe it's already been a week. Much to blog about in the garden, but we'll try to stick to the harvest today.
Joining in with Daphne's Dandelions to show what we harvest and how we use it. Stop on by to see what people are harvesting from all over!
This week was finally the end of my soft heart for the peas. They are officially gone. In their place are lima seed. Hoping to see their little embryonic shoots by the end of the work week. It is my first official summer crop! Eeek!
Harvested was: 3 pounds of green beans, roughly a pound of blueberries (a LOT were eaten before weighed this week) green onions, 4oz peas, 2lb 9oz carrots, and now I have to refer to pictures because I forget the rest...*DOH*



Ah, Yes - 4 pounds 3 oz of cucumbers. 2lb 8oz zucchini (grilled, with olive oil I might add) a couple sprigs of rosemary, a whole mess o' strawberries, peaches that managed to get eaten long before being photographed, a bell pepper that weighed in at uh, oh frying pan that one didn't get weighed.
6oz blackberries.
Speaking of blackberries. One of my canes suddenly up and died last week. :-0 the whole thing is shriveled fruit and all such a massive disappointment. It was the larger, stronger and straighter of them! Grrr... I think it could possibly be our fault, unfortunately. I think when we dug just on the other side of the fence to the sprinklers I may have broken the cane. I'm nearly sick over it and hope that a new cane will emerge and that I didn't damage the roots too much. I wouldn't worry if these were thorned blackberries. They grow wild here everywhere but being thornless are rather less hardy and I'm not as sure. :-(
I am looking forward to getting more of my summer plantings done, but not looking forward to pulling out the plants to make the space. The night time temps have officially topped 70 and that means only one thing. No more spring plants. Tomatoes will have a hard time setting fruit, the squash will fight the PM from now until it fails to fight it. I'll have to replant the cukes now to try to keep ahead of the game. The moths have found my corn, the stink bugs are multiplying and I'm seeing beetles in the garden for the first time in years, and in the case of the striped cucumber beetle - I've seen dozens and this is the first time I've ever seen them. I've not brought them in on plants, that's for sure! Everything in my garden has come from seed (except the trees) I have to expect that the neighbors brought them, or simply that they managed to find their own way after the last few years.
Ah, but this belongs in another post. Doesn't it? Happy Monday everyone!

'Till next time!



  1. Barbie, your garden is producing a wonderful bounty and great variety! I know what you mean about the bugs though... Last year, out of desperation, I started tossing diatomaceous earth on my tomatoes to disuade the moths. I think it worked, but I was worried about whether it would get in the soil and damage the earth worms. I've not found an effective organic method to control stink bugs, grasshoppers, and bettles; and they do come to your garden even if you don't bring them in yourself... A vegetable garden is a magnet for bugs. Chickens do help, once the veggies are larger, and you aren't growing greens which they adore, they go in and eat up all the beetles, stink bugs and grasshoppers they can get their beaks on at ground level. They're a great help because they also fertilize the soil as they go along, but I don't know if you can have chickens where you live...

  2. Mary- if they traveled well I'd tell you to bring them over for the day. LOL. No chickens here. I wish! I have loads of carrot tops ans squash flowers to feed them right now, too!

  3. What a beautiful harvest! I'll be happy when my garden is finally out of its "salad only" mode.

  4. Just beautiful. I can't wait to get some summer veggies, but for now I'll be quite happy with all my greens. And you are the third garden blogger in the south that has said you had an invasion of cucumber beetles. I wonder if it will be bad up here too.

  5. beans, beans and more beans! Your harvests are beautiful! I wish my baby blueberry plants were much bigger!

  6. Very nice harvests, Barbie! I Harvested my first blueberry in early April, but I'm still waiting for my second one. I don't know why there is such a big gap. Your blackberries are way ahead of mine, too.

    I hope a new blackberry cane will grow for you!

  7. Beautiful harvest! Thanks so much for your advice about my Cherokee Purple toms. I really appreciate you taking the time to educate me. They are on their 3rd set of flowers. I've rigged up a little shade for them...but as you said, it is so hot already. sigh.

    What is PM that you mentioned in your Harvest Monday post?

    Tell me about replanting cukes at this time of year? Will they cope with the heat? I've had a terrible time with my cukes this year. They get yellow spots on the leaves - starting at the bottom - and the plants are just not productive. I'm in zone 9b.

  8. Oh wow you are still harvesting a lot of berries! That is a lot of bean. Nice carrots. Your kids must been very good with their vegetables.