Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Spinach

This spinach was planted August 27th and is now ready for harvest. The wire is for deer protection.

Looking good. No weeds yet!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Digging Sweet Potatoes

Time to dig my sweet potatoes.
The vines are removed and set aside.
Start digging. There's a couple of nice ones.

Here are some of the bigger ones. One weighed 3 lbs 6 oz. A total 65 lbs from 12 plants

Friday, August 19, 2011

Unusual Weather for Potatoes

My early Red Norland potatoes have always died back before my later maturing Kennebec but this year that did not happen. The Kennebec died back first and the Red Norland kept on growing. I think the combination of a few days of 100 degree temperature followed by 10 inches of rain is the cause. I've been growing these varieties for 35 years and this has never happened before. I started digging them anyway and the potatoes look fine even though the vines are still quite green.

Here are the Kennebec potatoes! Dead!

And here is a box of some of the larger Red Norland.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tomatoes Are Ripe

I have six tomato plants. One Virginia Sweets, and one Gurney Girl II, complements if my neighbor, and four of my reliable Big Boy.
This is two of the Big Boy tomatoes plants, six feet apart and nearly six feet tall. They will be quite a jungle in a couple of months.

Here is a few of the fruit of my labor.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Amy's Cabbage Is A Done Deal

Amy's cabbage has been successfully harvested. The picture will now be submitted into the contest. 28.4 pounds.

Friday, July 22, 2011

More Sweat Than Tears

I harvested my Copra onions on Tuesday and the Walla Walla onions on Wednesday. Both days were at 100 degrees. Good thing I love hot weather. This picture is of the Copra onions.
Here is the biggest two.
Good crop of Walla Wallas.
Bigger than a baseball.
After harvest.

Tilled in.

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 Asparagus

This picture was taken on April 9, as soon as the soil could be worked in the spring. No asparagus had yet reached the surface.
On June 27, after harvesting over 40 lbs of asparagus and making a few laps around the edge of the bed with a hoe, I have quit harvesting.

Two week later.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dug 2011 Weed Free Garlic

My weed free garlic was dug on July 1, same as last year.

Good enough!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First Cabbage

The first two cabbage plants of the 2011 season.

Amy's cabbage is just starting to make a head.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Middle of June Garden Tour

After two inches of rain and a little sunshine this is a good time for a tour of part of my garden. This is what the 472 onions look like now.
Lima beans are next to the onions. Carrots and beets to the right. Had beets for supper last night.
Then seven brussels sprouts, Nevada type batavia lettuce, and 12 sweet potatoes on the mound.
Peas on the edge.
Amy's cabbage and four of my stonehead cabbage.
Tomatoes are now mulched and caged.

The potatoes got off to a frosty start but are now looking great.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flat Leaf Parsley Planted Under a Board

I planted about 20 flat leaf parsley seeds under an 8 inch long 2X4. Parsley seeds are very slow to germinate. Keep them moist and have a little patience. I then slowly thinned them to these two
I then transplanted them with a bulb planter. They don't like to be transplanted but this method works quite well.

And here they are.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today I enlisted in the United States Navy. Here I am in San Diego.

This photo was taken by me of the fantail of the USS Little Rock in Malta

And this is the USS Rigel taken from the USS Little Rock of a re-supply operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Now back to the weed free vegetable garden.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Old and New Spinach

This old spinach was planted late last fall and was over wintered. We have been using it for about a month but it is going to be history by tomorrow. Eight broccoli to the left and two little cabbage under the bird cages

This spinach was planted this spring and will be ready for harvest tomorrow. Nevada lettuce in the foreground and brussels sprouts to the left.

Monday, May 30, 2011

No Weeds Under Amy's Cabbage

Amy's cabbage on April 29.

Amy's cabbage on May 30.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Potatoes after a Rain

My potatoes were slow to come up due to some cold weather and after they did come up they got frosted off one time. However, after a few warm days and a nice rain last night they look a lot better.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pop Corn Is Up

Pop corn has been up now for three days and hoed for the first time.

Later, it will be thinned to one plant per hill.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

472 Onions

These 472 onions have been hand hoes four times in the last month. And as a results, they are weed free.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Amy's Cabbage Update

Amy's cabbage on April 6.

Amy's cabbage on April 29.