How does your garden grow

How was your gardening week? We had three days of heat and then four days of warm and rain, and I do mean rain, all my rain barrels are full to overflowing and I can see the plants growing. This was a steady as she goes week in the garden, some weeding, and daily picking of strawberries, herbs and greens.

  • Harvested-Pigweed, Romaine, Horse Radish Greens, Radishs, Pea’s, Green Tomato’s, Strawberries, Elderflowers, Beebalm, Mints, Feverfew. cucumber
  • Planted-Cucumbers,Ground Cherries, Melon’s (from the greenhouse) Dill, Beans
  • Canned-Marrow Fruit, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Fruit, Elderflower syrup, Pickles(made with Grape Leaves, Dill and Horseradish)
  • Dried-Lemon’s, Limes, Kiwi, Strawberries, Stinging Nettle, Mints, Elderflowers, Red Clover.

So photos this week of a great example of staggered plantings, so you the back row is very early greenhouse started tomato plants, then second planting of tomato’s and then third plantings. Next we have one of the many! trays to dry of strawberries, along many other things, including the next photo of Elderflowers. Last but not least, my first Greenhouse started Cucumber plants are producing and we have been enjoying yummy fresh cucumber and even made my first spring batch of Grape Leaf Pickles.

So how is your garden doing this week? What have you been wild harvesting? Are you canning yet? Drying? or mainly fresh eating at this point?

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6 Responses to How does your garden grow

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  2. Daisy says:

    Cucumbers already! Lucky you. I’m a bit concerned about my garden, not a lot of new stuff has come up even with the nice rain we had. I’m worried that there was enough moisture in the ground when we planted to get things germinating but not growing. So far everything is very patchy and I had hoped to see some signs of life by this weekend. Fingers crossed, though, I’m not ready to replant quite yet. As for wild harvesting, my brother and I went berry foraging yesterday and we found both wild strawberries (what we were after) and wild raspberries. I don’t ever remember the two overlapping like that. Also found lots of wild asperagus plants down a lonely mud road that I may have to go back for, and lots of elderberry bushes. No canning yet, but I think some jam (and elderflower syrup! :)) may be in store for next weekend.

    • I know, I never had cucumbers this early but I am so loving this start one or two things in the greenhouse early and get to eat so much sooner for the house use, the main Cuc for processing are about 6 inches to 8 inches at the moment, so they will still need lots of time.

      Any chance that the seeds were older? are you expecting some heat now after the rain to give a helping hand on getting them going? I had a few things that have needed to be replanted this year as well.

      That is interesting about the raspberries, I don’t think I have seen them overlap here either, I understand about the elderberry bushes, I found a patch of wild eastern flowering dogwood this past weekend, and as luck would have it, there were about twenty baby ones around the big mother, so I will haul in a bucket or two of good compost and trade out two baby plants for a good compost feed for the area. So amazingly beautiful, I have a vase full on the table.

      Enjoy that elderflower syrup, its so tasty!

  3. Daisy says:

    I don’t think it’s the seed, even the brand new stuff is patchy. 😦 I haven’t been out to look tonight, though, so maybe things are looking up. Nice score on the dogwood, so pretty! I think elderflower syrup is for sure on the agenda now, big brother said he heard it was awesome and really wants to try it now. He’s liable to show up any time with a big bag of flowers for me to play with. 🙂

    • Hi Daisy

      Well, any chance you have a floating row cover or two to help create a hotter micro climate for the a day or two to help get some of those seeds up and going?

      Great news about your brother being interested, If you have enough save a couple of the bigger bunchs of the flowers and dry them and then go get a couple of your favorite apples and wrap the dried flowers around then and put them side by side into storage and let the flavor’s meld, it add’s a deep of taste to the apple that is amazing.

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