Monday, August 22, 2016

Harvest Monday - August 22, 2016

The big news lately is that our drought seems to have finally ended.  We have had quite a bit of rain over the past week - so much so that I’ve actually turned off all of the drip timers for now.  The grass and ornamental beds (and weeds, unfortunately) are loving it.

This past week, the harvest story begins with the corn:

Dorinny Sweet

Monday, August 15, 2016

Harvest Monday - August 15, 2016

It's the middle of August and the warm weather crops are at full speed ahead.

From left to right:  Melrose, Odessa and Hot Wax

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Early August Update - Main Garden Areas

Once again, the main topic of discussion in our area is the heat...the unrelenting heat.  And this week is supposed to be the hottest week yet. 

The Weather Network Screen Shot
Check out the humidex readings on Thurs & Fri...up to 41C/105F...ugh!!  At least it looks as if we will be getting some rain, so that's good.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Harvest Monday - August 8, 2016

This week, I finally harvested the 1st of the larger tomatoes – here it is, surrounded by all his friends:

Taxi surrounded by (from the top):
Super Sweet 100, Bloody Butcher, Sungold, Juliet

Friday, August 5, 2016

Eary August Update - Hilltop

Before I get going on some Fling posts, I thought I had better do a couple of updates on the garden – the summer is flying by and it will be September before we know it!

This year the hilltop was planted up with most of the root crops – carrots, potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic and shallots – plus the corn and squash.

A new problem, however, emerged this year – voles.  In early summer, vole holes appeared in practically every bed.  Last year, when this area was created, all of the beds were lined with cardboard (to smother weeds and grass) before they were filled with soil, which is likely why this issue wasn’t apparent.  The cardboard would now be decomposed, giving the voles unrestricted access.

In an effort to avoid digging out every bed and laying down hardware cloth, I decided to purchase a “Yard Sentinel” ultrasonic device and so far, it actually seems to be working.

Yard Sentinel Ultrasonic Pest Control

Monday, August 1, 2016

Harvest Monday - August 1, 2016

This past week two veg dominated the harvests - beans and peppers.

Provider Snap Beans

It's my first year growing Provider snap beans and I love them - they are tender, stringless and delicious.  I served a big batch when we had some company over and everyone, including the kids, had 2nd helpings.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Harvest Monday - July 25, 2016

The Fling has flung and it was fabulous!  I reconnected with old friends from last year and made a lot of new friends as well – some were bloggers that I had only briefly met last time while others were brand new faces.  And the gardens and inspiration….wow!  The Minnesota climate & growing season is very much like our own, so everything we saw could easily be applied to an Ontario garden.  More on the Minnesota sights in another post - today is Harvest Monday!

Since I missed last Monday, I’ll be covering 2 weeks of harvests.  First up is my favourite photo from the past couple of weeks:

Arcadia Broccoli - Pretty in Pink