Weekly Gardening Notes: July 29, 2017

7/23/17

Carrots are nowhere near maturity. I must have miss recorded the planting date for the carrots. The planning website I used is tricky to use. I’ll just include planting dates in my daily notes from now on.

The trick to harvesting the bush beans is to lift leaves and stems up and pick the beans from the underside. Cucumbers benefit from this technique as well.

Having chicken piccata tonight. The parsley will be getting used in that.

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7/23/17

West side pea plants in box B are dying. I don’t know why.

Need to let the parsley rest from harvesting, we’re out of hummus. Plant more next year?

Need to make something with basil. Pasta? Basil/watermelon salad? Pesto? Not enough for basil/chicken stir fry. Will try half a recipe of cucumber/basil/red onion salad. Hummus with basil instead of parsley? Sliders with basil onions.

Lettuces are almost done resting.

Need to make something with jalapenos in a few days.

Picked first green pepper. Not quite sure what to do with it. Make a grilled sandwich with peppers and onions? Wait for parsley to rest and dip in hummus? Make chili with it and some jalapenos?

 

Weekly Gardening Notes: August 5, 2017

8/3/17

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We had our first big haul today. Zooks, peas, eggplant, some small tomatoes, and a large jalapeno. Lo mein for dinner tonight, and for our next three lunches.

8/4/17

We’ve harvested a total of $24.22 (a smidge over 10 pounds) of veggies and $6.60 fresh herbs.

The herb plants cost $4.24 total making for $2.36 in savings so far. Basil plants have produced $5.70 on their own.

So far the big growers have been peapods, broccoli, and zucchini, with the zooks growing the most number of pounds and the peas (which we grew from seed) creating the highest roi.

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The more water the peas get the faster the pods grow. Must keep soaking them.

Another zook is growing on the fence side plant. Will pick tomorrow.

Beefsteaks are starting to turn red. Red grape tomatoes are still few in number but are increasing.

Counted three green peppers that need to be watched. They’re not quite ready but will be soon.

Will be making grandma’s cucumber and onion salad with the cukes that we’ve collected over the past few days. I’ll use yogurt we’re making instead of sour cream if it turns out.

Lettuces are still taste good in August.

 

 

Carrot Growing: Mistakes Were Made

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Well, carrot day was a bust.

We started to pick a few and stopped immediately. I actually thought one of the greens had snapped off the root.

Nope. The root was so small that at first my eyes didn’t register it.

I must have misrecorded the planting day. The planning site I used this spring, sfgplanner.com, was a bit temperamental. I couldn’t figure out how to input the propper planting days. (I’m not sure if it was even possible.

That said, I can’t give a website the all the credit for my carr-ettes. I haven’t been as consistent with watering as I should be. I remember to water the beds, but I often forget the buckets.

I’m on the intermediate side of novice when it comes to gardening so things like this still happen from time to time. We plan on watering more consistently and checking in on this batch of carrot again at the end of August.

Depending on how developed they are we’ll plant again for the fall/winter in hopes of raising edible size baby carrots.

What can I say? Mess up. Learn. Do better. Repeat.

As always have fun, and remember, it’s not a matter of perfection it’s simply a matter of doing something today to get a little Closer To Green.