I am so far behind that I need another lifetime to catch up. At least I got my Black Krim, Mortgage Lifter, and Brandywine tomatoes into my raised beds, along with Black Beauty eggplant and green savoy cabbage, all grown from seed.
This past week saw the last harvest of Florida Prince peaches, but the first of our blueberries. Since I’m already well into this week, I can report that my first patty pan squash and first tomato will be in next week’s report, God willing and the creek don’t rise. Both are ready to pick.
But all is not well in the henyard. Two-year-old Henrietta has stopped laying. No eggs from her in 10 days now. I think she may be molting. Two-year-old Henny Penny lays jumbo eggs, but the shells have gotten quite thin and half of them are breaking when she or Chicken Little step on them. That leaves the burden of providing us with eggs to Chicken Little, the youngest of our girls.
Our three little granddaughters requested that we bring eggs down to them for Memorial Day, so I gave them our last three eggs. I have to check the coop to see if we have eggs now before deciding what to cook. Right now, I have two eggs. Well, that’s enough to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Do you like the way I think?
I have to share a great gardening story. A neighbor boy, Kai, is about five years old. He came over a couple of weeks ago and I fed him some snow peas straight from the garden. He liked that, so I took him into the back yard and gave him some sugar snap peas. He LOVED those.
He came over a couple of days ago, barefoot and in pajamas, and asked if I had any more snow peas. Imagine, a kid coming over and asking if he can eat raw vegetables. I was thrilled!
Unfortunately, the sugar snaps are all gone and the snow peas have been overtaken by powdery mildew. He was really disappointed when I could only find one for him to eat.
I asked him if he’d like to help me dig potatoes. Since they’re growing in Smart Pots, they’re really easy to harvest. I just feel around in the soil with my hands and pull them out. It’s like a treasure hunt and really fun.
Kai was eager to try. I showed him how to do it and he harvested the whole bag for me, 30 potatoes (2 lbs). He was covered head to toe in potting soil and grinning ear to ear. I let him pick out two blue potatoes to take home, one for him and one for his older sister.
With both bags of potatoes now harvested, I planted sweet potatoes in one and German butterball potatoes in the other. The sunchokes are in the third bag and still growing.
I got two other Smart Pots (felt-like grow bags), the 3 gallon size, and planted a Japanese eggplant in one pot, and three winter squash in the other. I may be overcrowding the winter squash. We’ll see. I planted a Red Kuri, Green Kuri, and Blue Hubbard, all mini size. I just love these Smart Pots because now I can grow vegetables in my driveway, the sunniest part of our yard.
I can’t resist showing you a preview of harvests to come before getting to last week’s harvest.
Here is my harvest for the week prior to Memorial Day May 31, 2010
1 oz. blueberries (first of crop)
2 lb 3 oz. peaches, Florida Prince (last of crop)
6 oz. strawberries
2 lbs, 10 oz. Subtotal, fruits
4 oz. beans, golden wax
2 lb 2 oz. cauliflower
5 oz. eggplant, Millionaire
1 oz. onions, green bunching
2 oz. peas, snow
2 oz. peas, sugar snap
1 oz. squash blossoms
4 oz. herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano)
3 lbs, 5 oz. subtotal vegetables
5 lbs, 15 oz. TOTAL produce plus 8 eggs
If you had a harvest this past week, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and post a link on her blog.