Spring 2013

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 It's spring! Saith the calendar. The weather doesn't say that as clearly. Last snow was... Thursday, with more coming tomorrow. But! There's a whole week with no temperatures forecast below 28 degrees! Close enough for the earliest stuff! Planting out pre-sprouted peas this afternoon, planted spinach and radish seeds, have bunch of transplant greens and pansies still protected indoors.

     

Harvested white potatoes September 1st - got maybe 30 of size, plus nubbins.

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Finally harvested my red
Finally harvested my red potatoes - planted in early April. Only noticeable yield difference was that the biggest tubers had rotted. So, no advantage to letting them go 6.5 months. Seems like whatever I've done in the three potato grows to date, the yield has been about the same - somewhat less than enough to cover the floor of that dishtub, which is roughly the same area as the top of the growbag.

Haven't eaten any yet from this batch. They do look the deeper Red Norland instead of the ordinary pink "red" potatoes. Red Norland taste better.

finally harvested red potatoes - planted April 7 (6 and a half months) 

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Still harvesting a few peas.
Still harvesting a few peas. They really do better in spring - need more hours of sun, it seems. The second potato bag can be harvested whenever, but hasn't been yet. A couple holey cabbages remain.

harvesting peas, but not many - they did much better in spring   still haven't harvested 2nd bag, red potatoes   caterpillar-ravaged red cabbage
 

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Harvested one of two potato
Harvested one of two potato bags last weekend. Not a huge harvest, but they were delicious. Around 30 potatoes of size, plus little nubbins. Made roast veggies twice, plus microwaved nubbins.

"yukon gold" potato harvesting - think there was a yellow finn in there too "yukon gold" potato harvesting - think there was a yellow finn in there too microwaved diced nubbin potatoes with oil and smokey maple seasoning
 giving the red potatoes another few weeks, at least

Autumn peas should begin harvesting this week. Cool summer, followed by cool Indian summer.

first fall peas should harvest soon

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Replanted more peas for
Replanted more peas for autumn - I've never succeeded with autumn peas before, but maybe I've started early enough this time. Only planted Miragreen and sugar snap, and the sugar snap are doing well, but the Miragreen have had a tough time with germination and getting established, even though I pre-sprouted them. Can't seem to cope with getting dry, even a little, and that's hard to work with in summer.

   

The potatoes seem to want to keep going until frost. Many of the vines have died back, but not all.


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The peas ended - the heatwave
The peas ended - the heatwave (90+ degrees for 5-6 days straight) was just too much for them. But that was after eight weeks straight harvest! My longest pea harvest ever! Replanted for fall this week. Wish me luck...

Not sure what's going on with the potatoes. Still growing new green leaves, and when I fished around in the soil, I didn't run into any tubers.

 

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Still harvesting peas! 7
Still harvesting peas! 7 weeks of pea harvest and counting. They look half-dead. But not a chance I'll pull them out while we're still eating them. The potatoes look dreadful - hopefully they'll be done soon. Might replant for fall harvest.

   

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Weather pushing 90 this week,
Weather pushing 90 this week, with extreme humidity, and the peas aren't happy. But, they're still alive. Gave them some more seaweed booster today, since this seemed to help them 2 weeks ago. The pea fruits are growing, but more leathery than crunchy. Gradually eating the lettuce.

   

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Weather in the 80's all week
Weather in the 80's all week - and the peas survived! Heavily harvested, but they just got busy and set more fruit. Not sure why they're surviving early summer. Gave them seaweed fertilizer last weekend, and some more Vegetables Alive! this week, since they're blooming again. A bit of fungusy looking growth at the bottom, but look great at the flowering ends. It would be awesome to have another whole pea harvest.

    

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Still harvesting gobs of
Still harvesting gobs of peas! This week's weather is serving up 80+ degree highs every day, so don't know how much longer the peas will survive. Best harvest ever, though. Beginning to get a bit concerned about the size differential between my yukon gold potatoes and the red norland. Maybe the latter is just... slower.

   

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Pea harvests progressing
Pea harvests progressing nicely! The plants got too tall for the supports and are flopping over. Doesn't seem to bother them much.

    

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