I am so far behind, mostly because I have no clue how to process photos with my new iMac (and I work two part-time jobs, and have a community garden plot that is filled with weeds and rocks, plus all my new raised beds at home = OVERLOAD!!!) . Here is an attempt to catch up with what is going on in my garden.
Caught another opossum plus a HUGE pregnant raccoon and relocated them. The night critters will devastate my garden if I don’t keep trapping and moving them. I’m growing my garden for me, not them.
Discovered why my Snow Queen nectarine tree has LOTS of new branches on the bottom and almost no leafing out on the established and stronger upper branches. I left the tag on too long. The string was polyethylene, not cotton string, and didn’t degrade. The string has cut the bark of the growing tree, nearly girdling it. The bark has grown around the plastic string, so I can’t remove it now. The upper part of the tree is getting almost no nourishment. I may have ruined that tree, which is too bad because it had a great shape. Consequently, we are getting only one Snow Queen nectarine this year.
Mortgage Lifter has won the race for which tomato is going to ripen first. It beat out Early Girl. Others that are full sized but still green are early Girl, Box Car Willie, Amish Paste, Big Russian Paste, and Black Plum. The others are straggling and struggling.
The pumpkin that I thought was going to be a New England Pumpkin looks like it is going to be a Kuri. Not a pumpkin at all, but a winter squash. Don’t know yet if it is a Red Kuri or a Green Kuri. I had seeds of both in my compost pile, from whence it sprang. The other mystery “pumpkin” is producing an oblong squash of some kind. Very interesting shape. This is not a pumpkin that I have grown, but a parent of a hybrid methinks. It remains to be seen how big it will get or what it will turn into. I’m thinking that it is a banana squash or maybe a spaghetti squash. Time will tell (I hope.) I would post photos, but I can’t tell what is what in those itsy bitsy thumbnail photos.
I’ve missed the past two Harvest Mondays, but I have had harvests. Small ones, but with a nice variety of veggies and fruits. I would love to upload my processed photos of said harvests, but I can’t figure out how to upload from Aperture, which is where I process the photo as best as I can. Maybe I have to put the photo back into iPhoto to upload it to WordPress. Arg, is there no end to the frustration of learning a new computer system? I can edit my pics in Aperture, but can’t seem to upload them from there. So these are my unadulterated photos from iPhoto. Bear with me.
I can’t remember when I last did a Harvest Monday post, but here is what I harvested for the week ending June 10. Don’t laugh, my garden is small.
8 oz Apricots (the entire harvest from my tree)
13 oz Avocado
5 oz Lime
1 oz Strawberries
Subtotal Fruit 27 oz
1 oz Basil
8 oz Chard, Rainbow
2 oz Lettuce
3 oz Radish, Dutch Redhead
10 oz Snow Peas, Mammoth
10 oz Squash, Yellow Summer
Subtotal 21 oz Vegetabes
TOTAL 3 lbs PRODUCE plus 4 eggs (two out of three hens aren’t laying)
Visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others harvested.