As I sit in my home office looking out across the garden at the lightening playing off the mountain range, I pondered what to write. I know that I have slowed down over the past month or so, adn that the posts have been fairly serious and heavy in nature. So, while I acknowledge that there are so many things that aren’t working, and many more that are falling apart in our world, I have to say that there are few things more satisfyingly distracting than spending a couple of hours in the garden with your family, working the weeds, hauling logs, watching the swallows dart and dive and sipping a cool glass of water.
Here’s the state of our garden, at least the food production side of things as of Father’s Day 2010…
- The strawberries are amazing this year – big, sweet and juicy
- We’re up for a decent first year’s crop of blueberries
- The raspberries we transplanted are in flower, looking good for a late summer harvest
- Our grapes are coming in in large clusters
- The peaches are not as prolific as the past two years
- We are seeing plums for the first time in three summers
- A couple of our young cherry trees have fruit this year
- Lots of rhubarb!
- Plenty of apples from our three trees
- The red currant cutting that we salvaged from an old plant is just surviving
- no blackberries this year 🙁
- Looking forward to a huge potato crop, two varieties in the ground, have been mounded up twice already
- Four varieties of tomatoes ~24 plants, still small, started from seed inside, transplanted out at start of June
- two marconi peppers doing great
- lots of pickling cucumbers
- lots of squash and pumpkin
- paladio peas, one of the best tasting shelling peas!
- parsnips, our first year trying
- kale and spinach
- pink popcorn again, just starting to sprout
- pole beans on the teepee
- golden and red ace beets
- two varieties of carrots
- a couple of varieties of onions
- not much asparagus this year
- rosemary – to go with the potatoes of course :]
- lavender – such a relaxing scent
- two varieties of garlic – looking strong
- chives – Nyssa’s favourite gardening snack
- Thai basil
- lemon balm
- cone flower
- wild sorrel, transplanted from a local source
I may have left some out, but you can see where we are up to. The weeding is already picking up, but there has been little need for watering, even at the early seedling stage due to the rain.
While we’re talking gardengin, I stumbked upon this blog where the authors are hoping to grow a ton (2000 pounds) of food on their urban lots in St Paul, Mn. Their rules:
1.) Everything must be harvested from January 1st to
December 31st in the same calendar year.
2.) Everything must be grown on our property.
3.) Only organic methods may be used.
4.) Each day any crops harvested will be weighed and
recorded by crop type.
5.) Backyard grazing (e.g. eating tomatoes off the vine) of unweighed foods will not count.
6.) Food lost to damage, insects, dogs, chickens (our backyard pets) or any other cause will not be counted.
7.) Inputs will not be counted against the goal but will be
recorded (i.e. chicken feed, purchased compost, seeds etc..).
8.) No single crop can count for more than 20% of the total (no mono-crops here).
I would suggest that they don’t grow amaranth for seeds, not a good return on weight! (I’ve tried it once).