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Here Come the Harvests

July 15th, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve been seeing the various things I’m harvesting from the edible garden. This spring was very slow to get going, in fact we’re still having nighttime temperatures in the 50’s. The result has been that things have been growing much more slowly than usual, the season is most likely going to be compressed in the middle. Typically, I’ve been harvesting broccoli, peas, lettuce, beets, radishes, and other cool temperatur vegetables right now. While I have been able to harvest lettuce last month, most of the cool season vegetable are just coming on as the warm season vegetables are starting to come on as well.




This past week I have harvested: bulb fennel, lettuce, onions, broccoli, peas (both shelling & sugar snap), zucchini, peppers, strawberries, and garlic. It’s certainly lovely to be able to enjoy home grown vegetable for every meal. Today we had zucchini, onions, and peppers for breakfast with eggs. For lunch I made broccoli salad with homegrown broccoli, onions, peas, and garlic. For dinner we will enjoy a lettuce salad.

What are you harvesting this week?

Still Harvesting

November 20th, 2018

On Sunday I headed out and harvesting some spinach, kale, and leeks from the garden. There’s still more out there, but the deer have found the garden and thus the harvests are dwindling rapidly. Nevertheless, I’m happy to still be harvesting vegetables from the garden.


After this harvest, there are only a few things left, mostly lettuce under cover. While I often have grand plans of growing more things for harvest in winter, the reality is that I grow some, and harvest through December, but I can’t seem to get seeds started and transplanted in time for winter harvests. I also have found that I often don’t have space in the garden when things need to go in during July/August. Any little bit will do, and I’m happy that at least some of the vegetables on our table are freshly harvested from the garden.

What are you harvesting right now?

Look at THIS!!!

June 6th, 2018

The ‘Pizza my Heart’ pepper from Renee’s Garden that I grew in a pot last summer and overwintered in the house is producing peppers like mad. I’ve been harvesting a few peppers each month, yesterday I harvested a big handful to put on pizzas.

I’m going to pop this plant out of the pot, prune it a bit, then plant it in the garden. No doubt, it will respond with delicious peppers in 6-8 weeks. This fall I may dig up a few other peppers and overwinter them in the basement to see how this works on a slightly larger scale. Peppers are a staple in our household, if I can harvest fresh ones for 6-8 months of the year I’ll be one happy cook!

What are you harvesting from the garden today?

Harvesting a LOAD of Butternuts

October 11th, 2017

I planted four butternut squash vines this summer, two of them ended up being a buttercup and not butternut variety. They were planted in an area that I mulched with chicken litter from the coop this spring. The results were vigorous vines that grew here, there, and EVERYWHERE!!! I noticed the vines were dying back, so I decided to pick up the squash to start curing them.


I was blown away by how many squash these two vines produced. There will be more than enough squash for us and all of our friends (and their friends too). Needless to day, heavy feeding squash really appreciate and make use of fresh poultry litter.

Now that they’re harvested, I need to get them curing. Then move on to harvesting pumpkins and bringing in other tender things. We haven’t had our first frost yet, but it will happen soon.

What plant produced more than you expected this summer?

Bringing in the Sheaves…Or Other Veg

September 18th, 2017

We’ve been having beautiful weather here in Maine, in the low 80’s during the day and in the 50’s at night. I was planning on pulling all tomatoes and peppers last week, but with the beautiful weather, I decided to leave them. I did pick all the ripe fruit, but decided to leave the unripe fruits on the vine/plants to ripen up.


My pumpkins and other squash are starting to ripen as well. I have been a bit worried about my ‘Musque de Provence’ pumpkins are a long season variety and they are just starting to blush with color. I’ve had my fingers crossed that the weather would stay warm so they would fully ripen. Everything else is coming along well, fall broccoli and lettuces are sizing up. The third planting of fennel will be ready in month or so.

These last months in the garden are always full of activity, which need to be balanced with work preserving all the bounty.

How’s the harvest coming in your garden?

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