The Backyard

The Backyard

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quick Run-down of EVERYTHING Garden Related This Week

There is SO much going on I'm having some trouble doing posts everyday... so here's a bullet list of the happenings in the Backyard:
  • Green Beans and Yellow Wax Beans are taking over -- I'm picking, eating, drying, giving away, and cooking them everyday.
  • Planting Fall crops - Lots of fall/winter seeds went in: Radicchio, spinach, carrot, swiss chard, chicory and endive. Radishes and dandelion will go in Aug 1. The idea is to start the seeds now, get them to maturity when the first frost hits, cover them with cold frames, and harvest all winter. This is my first experience at this... I'll keep you posted.
  • Watering the seeds I planted above. They need extra nurturing and TLC as the summer heats up. Starting cold weather seeds in the heat of the summer is challenging.
  • Babying my Arcadia broccoli seeds I started outside. They are adorable! Tiny little baby broccoli sprouts are in a protected area. In about 5-6 weeks I'll transplant them to the garden where the beans are now.
  • General, constant weeding.
  • Compost turning - all 5 piles. I found two more snake eggs and these guys were alive. They aren't anymore.
  • Feeding plants -- hauling finished compost to the plants that are hungry.
  • Prepping beds where plants are pulled -- I layered compost in the area where the broccoli was. Not sure what I'll put in there yet -- may let it go for the winter.
  • QUINOA! I'm so excited... you'll get pics of my quinoa growing. It's starting to get seed heads. I gave it a good feeding yesterday.
  • Fennel! I dug up fennel bulbs and they are awaiting Fennel/Leek butternut squash soup.
  • Carrots! Digging up, cleaning, slicing up the final batch before they start rotting in the ground.
  • Potatoes! I discovered this weekend I'm going to be smothered in red potatoes. They are ready and I dug up a couple for in the Clam Chowder. Delicious. Rick really likes them too (he doesn't always like the weird stuff I grow... I guess he's just a meat and potato kinda guy.)
  • Watercress - my mom has some and I need to get down to pick a bunch.
  • Drying Celery and Kale.
  • Constantly yelling and looking for MoMo. She never came home and I'm still calling for her 4 days later. Maybe, just maybe....


DailySAHM said...

Sorry to hear that your cat still hasn't come home.

I yanked my beans out of the ground yesterday... I hated doing it, but they had several problems and thus the beans were no good. Bummer. But Gwen's black beans are looking very nice.

I need to decide, and quickly, what I want to do for fall crops. Your blog is my reminder to keep up with my garden!

Heather Jaracz said...

sounds like a lot of work, you did the right thing about the snake eggs!

I'm doing sharon's class, too. I have to get things planted or its going to be too late for some things. the baby is finally giving me a break but yesterday it rained all day! c'est la vie!

The Wiser Weiser said...

How do you find time to do all of that, train and do all the daily household chores??? wow.

Chili said...

How do I do it? I do little housecleaning in the summer -- just enough to get by. Usually sucking up spider farms is about it. :)