Last of the season

Well, they aren’t beautiful, but these jalapeños are the last of our summer produce. Getting ready to sort through them in order to turn the good ones into delicious blackberry jalapeño jam.

I’m a little sad that the summer growing season is over, but also a tad relieved. Ready for a little R ‘n’ R this winter!

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Tomato Season Underway

It’s official.  Tomato season has begun!

We picked our first ripe tomato on June 2.  JUNE SECOND.  The earliest by far that we have every had tomatoes.  This is thanks to converting our useless greenhouse into a highly productive high tunnel.  The little bit of extra heat from the wood stove heater in the greenhouse/new high tunnel allowed us to plant tomatoes in late February.

And here they are now:

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The kiddos in the “greenhouse” about three weeks ago.  Yeah, it’s a little tight in there.  It may or may not be a jungle at this point.  Let’s just say, I won’t be posting any more pictures.  I will also say, we will most likely rethink our spacing in the greenhouse next year.

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The old high tunnel is looking good, too.  Especially since this is the fifth year for tomatoes in the high tunnel.  Yikes.  That’s too long to have tomatoes in one spot.  These are all determinants, meaning we will get a big crop off of them, and then yank them out. After this year, we have plans to rest a replenish the soil in this high tunnel, and then decide what crops to plant in it next spring.  We also have plans to put in another this fall.

Look closely and you will see that we have wire along the sides of the high tunnels.  That’s to keep critters out.  Last year, we had terrible trouble with possums, raccoons, and skunks sneaking in and eating big bites out of each ripe tomato.  It was disgusting.  This year, we’ve outsmarted them.  We hope.

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The field tomatoes are looking good, as well.  Tilled, mulched, caged, and irrigated – it’s been a busy week in the garden!

 

Tomato update

It’s been a little over a month since we planted those little tomato transplants in the high tunnel.  What a difference a month makes!

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It is been a very mild spring, with no significant temperature fluctuations, and no roly-polys this year.  Thank goodness.  Our high tunnel has been relatively stress free for the first time since its installation.  The plants are thriving, and putting on flowers – it’s awesome to see!

The watch is on for the first green tomato.

Asparagus season was shorter than we anticipated this year, thanks to two late freezes.   But never fear, veggie lovers!  Summer veggies will be here before you know it.

Minor Setback

Some might say spring had a minor setback this weekend. DSC_0285

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The goats venturing out to say hi.  And yes, that monster with his head over the fence is our used-to-be-tiny Jack Jack puppy.  Hi Jack Jack!

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The bees are all snug in their hives, waiting out this winter storm DSC_0275

While there were plenty of things we would have liked to have been working on this weekend, it was kind of nice to have a slow, snowy weekend. And boy was it a pretty snow!

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The grapvines, all pruned and ready for the season, still sleeping beneath a layer of snow.  Old Koda trudging through the snow.

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But look!  Tomato seedlings all warm and toasty inside the house. So, see?  Spring is on it’s way. Just a minor setback.

Garden Season begins

It’s official … gardening season has begun.  I know, I know, you’re going to say it’s like 20 degrees outside.  You’re going to say there are snowflakes swirling around.  You’re going to say it’s MONTHS until the ground thaws.

But that doesn’t change the fact that it is seed starting time in the Werner household.

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One flat each of cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi …

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Four flats of tomato seeds for the high tunnel …

Two more flats of tomatoes and one of broccoli to go.  It may be freezing outside, but we know summer is coming!