The Goods

The Potatoes…

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These were the harvest from one bucket. I didn’t wait for them to flower…I am waiting for the other potatoes in the garden to flower, but they are not, they are just turning yellow.

The Eggplant…

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The Beans…

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The deer were kind enough to leave me a handful.

The Tomatoes…

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The Anaheim Peppers…

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The Strawberries…

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The Eggs…

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The totally homegrown  organic breakfast for 1 …

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There are 7 people living in our household…sometimes a few more, sometimes a few less.  So far The Goods don’t even feed 1 person. Does this mean that I would have to multiply my gardens by 6-7 times? That is kind of scary!

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18 + buckets of potatoes

Hopefully the tomatoes will pick up and the green beans, too…  I covered the beans with my daughter’s golden tresses after I gave her a haircut, and put up poles with twirly silvery CDs to ward of the deer…

Hopefully we will have a good harvest yet to come…  🙂

The Newest Painting…

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Have a great weekend…

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A Little of the First Harvests

Here it is almost June…it is just starting to warm up and get muggy. The weather has really influenced the garden. We are just now harvesting the very first peas…

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Lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, peas and radishes…very disappointed in the radishes this year. They usually never fail me, but they are going to seed and not producing, I think it must be the weather….my dwarf Bok Choy did the same thing.

Ever seen red lettuce go to seed?

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I’m hoping these two will reseed themselves in the same bed. They look so fabulous together…the deep red and the bright green.

Basil seeds sprouting…

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Oh, and lavender…

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I’m really excited about this lavender bush…I’ve had it for 3 years…It survived 2 years of  drought and now it is full of spikes that will blossom.

Moved the potatoes outside the greenhouse…

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Still comparing them to the ones in the row outside…

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The final analysis will be the potatoes, of course.

Eggplant that was transplanted in the greenhouse is finally taking off…

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Love a hint of color amidst all that is green…

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Tomatoes and Potatoes

Went to the nearest family owned greenhouse and bought 30+ tomato plants to replace the ones that froze…

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While replacing them in our new tomato bed, I noticed some bermuda grass coming up through all the newspaper and compost and mulch we had generously piled up to suffocate any weeds or grass from growing.  We hadn’t planted the peppers yet, so while Anna was digging she realized the bermuda was thriving under the mulch. After raking back the mulch this is what we saw…

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This method wasn’t working! We decided to put some landscape cloth down and cover it up again with mulch…

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I hope this will work much better!

The most beautiful thing in my garden right now are the potatoes in the big black pots

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There is no question in my mind that this is the way to grow potatoes. Check out the ones I grew outside in the same soil that I put in the pots…

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They are just beginning to come up and some of them had a little freeze damage. It must be the warmth in the greenhouse that makes the difference.

My Potato Experiment

Thelma from My West Coast Garden comes up with such great ideas and this one was from her blog that I reblogged on here a couple of weeks ago. Now that I finally have time to sit down and write a post after spending a week in the mountains moving out of the house up there and hauling  all the boxes and furniture we packed back home…

I was truly exhausted, but nothing like the exhaustion that hit me after my 3 adult children left Colorado the next day in a blizzard of a storm that howled across the plains and shut down the highways. These three kept coming on back roads until about 1 o’clock at night when the 4-Runner rolled and they were stuck by the side of the road in the freezing cold blowing snow for 5 hours while their hero-dad risked his life to come to the rescue in his big trusty 4 wheel drive truck.

In the meantime I am fighting fear and anxiety, praying continually all through the night. But it was a miracle. The 3 came out without a scratch, but the car is totaled. We are all praising God!  I just don’t snap back from all that like I should.

Finally today I am feeling normal and I did plant the potatoes a couple of days ago…so here we go…

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I had these 3 great 15-20 gallon buckets leftover from my son’s landscaping business and straw from the barn…

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Placed the straw in the bottom of the pots…

Then I added compost from our compost pile…

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And a mixture of Organic garden soil…

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Peat moss…

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This is the first time ever that I’ve used Vermiculite…very interesting!

I cut the potatoes…Yukon Gold…

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And placed them shoot side up on the soil mixture…

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And then topped it off with 2 more inches of garden soil. I have seed potatoes left over so I’m going to put out a row of them in the garden next week.

These buckets are in the greenhouse right now, and when it gets too warm I can move them. So cool! I’m really excited to see how this goes.

Thank you, Thelma, for sharing these great garden ideas.