Saturday, May 22, 2010

Harvest to Date

So far this year we have harvested the following from the backyard:

Strawberries:  4 lbs 8 oz
Lettuce: 1 lb 4 oz
Spinach: 8oz

More updates to follow on the great Root Maggot infestation of 2010.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Snow Peas

I planted the Oregon Sugar Pod peas that I bought from They look very healthy and I can hardly wait until I get to snap off my first one of the season.

Broccoli Raab

So this year we will try broccoli raab instead of traditional broccoli. It looks a lot different. The leaves ar enot a thick and sturdy as regular broccoli.


This year the potatoes are growing fast! I plan on adding soil to these boxes until it gets too high and tehn adding to the box as it grows. At the end of the season when they're ready to harvest I will dismantle the box to harvest them. NO DIGGING!


We have a plant that is getting very old. It's going on it's fourth year of producing hot jalapeno peppers. In the same pot. It got it's first flowers this year already. We move it indoors to our solarium when it's getting too cool in the fall and we move it back outside in the spring when it gets warm enough.


Never grown them before but I lucked into quite a few sets (thanks Amanda!).

They're pretty too. Pretty delicious!


Blackberries will be plentiful this year as well. I think it will be worth the wait. We bought this bush 3 years ago. The only thing that we have to work on is how to keep it from throwing up canes 3 feet away into the nearby flower bed.  I'll have to dig a trench 24 inches deep and place a fiberglass barrier to prevent it.


This year we will be up to our necks in berries! I'm so excited to make preserves, pies, jams, and maybe wine!

I've never grown berries before so this is especially exciting!

Lettuce be Friends!

It's now time to eat the first salads of the season!  I think lettuce is so beautiful.

I also have planted mesculin mix right next door to shake things up.

Don't forget the butterhead lettuce! A favorite for it's texture in my book.

Did I mention my love for fresh salads?