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August Garden update

I have been negligent in my updates. Here is a quick recap of the past month or so from the garden. Keeping in mind that Henry’s involvement and excitement outweighs any produce our garden may yield.

The carrots failed miserably. I have no idea why, but only three carrots took. The squash failed too. It was doomed from weather and location, so I need to be smarter next year about plant placement.

On the bright side, our Yukon gold potatoes have been an enormous success. I harvested one entire bed and have about five or six plants left.

My tomatoes are doing okay. We’ll have enough to eat several good meals with fresh tomatoes, but probably not enough to can. I am seeing signs of the blight, so I’ve got to find a remedy. I heard spraying copper helps.

Our Green beans and cucumbers are also producing well. We’ve enjoyed fresh beans from the garden right to the dinner plate all summer long.

My best producer are the peppers. My Red Rocket, Red Flame and Carmen peppers have more than 100 peppers on them and the Sweet sunrise have about 30. Plus the Leonardis yellows are just now bearing fruit.

The surprise is the corn. My experiment looks like a success and we might just have corn to eat at the end of the month.

I started my fall seeds; carrots, peas, turnips and beats. I will also try my hand at some spinach and lettuce again as well.

A random side note, my wife makes a simple birthday request…turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Never mind that it is the middle of July, we’re tasked with creating Thanksgiving in July.

This years feast was highlighted by homegrown potatoes and green beans, but the bird is what we all came to eat. And eat we did. I have deep fried a turkey at least a half dozen times and I am not sure I ever want to eat a baked bird again.

The second best part of deep frying is making the turkey stock from the leftovers. I have two gallons of flavorful stock frozen for fall soups.

So happy (belated) birthday to my wife, I got to hand it her, she knows how to party. Because of her, the annual frying of turkey in July is quickly becoming one of my favorite times of the year.

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Time to start your seeds in growing zone 6

Like many new gardeners, knowing when to start your seeds is paramount to a successful season. To do so, you need to know your average last frost date for me in Westchester County, my magic date is April 15 or May 15 or somewhere in between. No two websites give you the same date.  I’ve picked May 7 as my planting day.  Working back from the last frost date, here are the dates I will start my seeds.

  • Krimson Lee peppers 3/14/2011
  • Carmen peppers 3/14/2011
  • Red rocket peppers 3/14/2011
  • Amazing Cauliflower 3/14/2011
  • Brandywine tomato 3/28/2011
  • Granadero tomato 3/28/2011
  • Cherokee Purple tomato 3/28/2011
  • Marble Red Onions 3/6/2011
  • Diva cucumbers 4/4/2011
  • Ridgeline Romaine 3/6/2011
  • Eight Ball Squash
  • Arcadia Broccoli 3/14/2011

Dr Seuss’s garden: Dragon carrots, gold beets, purple tomatoes and red rocket peppers

As usual, my procrastination has gotten the best of me and the two posts that had been rolling around my head this week never got written.  Nor did I finish the book that was due back at the library…or…well you get the picture.

I did manage to sit down for 15-minutes this evening and organize my garden for 2011.  In addition to finalizing my seed purchase for this year’s garden, I will also attempt to start most of my own plants from seed this year. Continue reading