These past weeks we picked:
September has been a lovely month in Nova Scotia. It has been very warm, even hot on quite a few days – this weekend reached over 30 degrees. We have had some good rains and cooler nights but thankfully no frost or hurricanes. The garden has continued to thrive, allowing us to pick a great volume of vegetables for the freezer and the salsa production line! I will admit that we have not been out picking as much as we could be with the start of school, sports and the end of vacation, but we are still not paying for produce…though I will admit that I picked up come gorgeous butternut squash from a farmer’s driveway when we were in the Annapolis Valley blueberry picking, I simply couldn’t help myself – it is so fun putting coins in a jar and picking out fresh treasures with the farmer trusting you completely to pay for what you take!
Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and herbs have been the big hitters, but we have also picked a lot of kale, chard, zucchini, onions, leeks, celery and beets. We also started picking eggplant and jalapeño peppers! Squash should be ready for harvesting by next week and the new fall crops of greens and radish will be close behind. Fingers crossed we will be hauling in freshness for at least another month!
Approx savings compared to local market: 264.24
Total since May 26th – $1382.70.46
Total weight picked this period: 72.45 pounds!! That is more than my 8 year old – our minds are blown again!
Total to date: 305.04 pounds
This month we planted:
Fall greens – Bok Choy, Spinach, mixed salad greens and beet greens
Market turnip (30 days!!)
Cherry Belle radish – 4th planting of the season!
I covered the seedlings with frost blankets to keep the soil moist and to help fend off the birds and slugs. So far the battle with the slugs has been awful!
“Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.” ~ Unknown
This week we picked:
Sugar Snap and Oregon Giant Snow peas – over 6 litres of them!!
Baby Beets and Market Express Turnip
Red and Spanish Onion
Early broccoli (it started to bolt before the heads got big so we ate it anyways!)
Kale, Swiss Chard, Lettuce
Ragged Jack Kale
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Peppermint Swiss Chard
Herbs – Chives, Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Basil, Mint
We picked the last of the Strawberries and Haskaps (single tear…they will be missed!)
We also tried some edible flowers – the Lavender is wonderful as a tea, the nasturtium was not a taste I enjoyed and I am still not sure about Calundula petals…..
Approx savings compared to local market: $98.35 (Total $435.25 since 26 May)
Total weight picked this week: 15.11 pounds (Total since 26 May – 79.42 pounds, which is more than my wee girl weighs!)
This week we planted:
A few extra Marketmore 76 cucumbers to fill some gaps
Replanted Laurentian Turnip for the fall because the pheasants ate all of the seedlings….
From our garden to yours, have a great week!
“It might take a year, it might take a day, but what is meant to be will always find it’s way” ~Unknown
Take that Mother Nature! It has snowed, gone below zero, rained every day this week and been down right, unseasonably, unthinkably yucky. But under the frost blankets and hoop tunnels, we have germination!! Not much, not all, and not quickly, but we have it. The seedlings we planted under the hoops are also happy and thriving, whew!
Score Tally: Us = 2, Mother Nature = 0… The “Spring that Wasn’t” saga continues…
Lovely little green veggie babies snuggled under their blankie…kind of cute, hey? These were planted 10 days ago.
And under the hoops the big brother and sister seedlings are going strong! Not much germination yet, but they were only planted on Sunday. Can you spot the lone Bok Choi poking up?
Under the hoops are Taunus, Detriot Dark Red Supreme, Chioggia and First Crop beets, Rainbow mix and Napoli carrots, Cherry Belle and Easter Egg radish, Bok Choi, Peppermint and Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Ragged Jack and Dinosaur Kale, red and white onion sets, Giant Musselborough Leek, overwintered hard neck garlic and Butter Crunch lettuce.
I hope they all stay alive and that more join them soon!
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” ~ Joseph Addison