Vegetable Garden Status (June 2011)

The Garden Layout

Click here to see a depiction of the garden. This diagram also lists the crops with full names.

Potatoes

click to enlarge The seed potatoes that we ordered are doing well so far. We had a germination rate of about 90%. The plants are healthy although there were some flea beetles on the leaves that did some minor damage so we sprayed a little Sevin on them. the potatoes were planted in a trench and we have been hoeing the soil back onto the plants on a weekly basis.


Lettuce

click to enlarge The lettuce is doing ok but it's not a vibrant as we thought it would be. The plants are smaller than we expected they would be at this time. We sowed some extra seeds since the germination rate was probably around 70%.


Carrots

click to enlargeWe planted the carrots directly into the soil. The germination rate was about 50% - not very good. We replanted to help fill in the gaps in the rows. So far they are pretty slow growing but seem to be doing ok. We'll keep an eye on these. If they don't do well we should try another variety next year.


Peas

click to enlargeWe planted the peas directly into the soil. The germination rate was about 70%. We replanted to help fill in the gaps in the rows. So far they are strong growers and doing very well.


Broccoli and Spinach

click to enlargeWe sowed the broccoli and spinach directly into the soil. The germination rate was maybe 60% - not that good. We replanted these seeds to help fill in the gaps in the rows. So far they are pretty slow growing but seem to be doing ok.


Tomatoes, Beans, and Peppers

click to enlargeThe transplanted tomatoes and peppers are doing well. The tomatoes are very strong. We lost a couple peppers (stem cut off) but the others are doing good so far. The beans established themselves very well (from seed) with a germination rate of about 95%.


Corn

click to enlargeThe corn germination rate was about 75%. This could be better but the plants are healthy. Some of the plants are much more mature than others, even though they were all planted at the same time. It seems some of the seeds germinated quickly while others took their time. All the seeds came from the same package too.


Cantalope, Cucumber, Summer Squash, Zuchinni

click to enlargeThe transplanted cantalope and cucumbers are doing well. We sowed the pickling cucumber, summer squash and zuchinni. These are also doing well.


Watermelon

click to enlarge The watermelon are are very strong - they are hardy plants.


Butternut Squash

click to enlargeThe Butternut Squash is doing well. There are some leaves that died back but new growth looks good.


Pumpkins

click to enlargeThe pumpkins are weak. I think we may have started them too early in the house. They have already started flowering but the foliage does not look healthy. We sowed a few additional seeds in case these don't make it.


Blueberry Patch Layout (2011)

North

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Legend

  • 1: Blue Ray
  • 2: Blue Crop
  • 3: Herbert
  • 4: Ivanhoe
  • 5: Jersey
  • 6: Atlantic
  • 7: Jersey
  • 8: Herbert
  • 9: Ivanhoe
  • 10: Blue Ray
  • 11: Blue Crop
  • 12: Atlantic
  • 13: Jersey
  • 14: Ivanhoe
  • 15: Atlantic
  • 16: Blue Ray
  • 17: Herbert
  • 18: Blue Crop

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbls plain whole milk yogurt
  • Optional: 1/3 cup sugar
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Directions

  1. Heat milk for 10-14 mins in microwave until it just starts to boil (180-200 degrees)
  2. Let stand until it's luke warm.
  3. Add plain yogurt, and stir well.
  4. Optional: Add in sugar and vanilla
  5. Pour into four 1.5 cup glass mason jars and put lids on.
  6. Put in pre-heated 110-115 degree oven for 2 hours then turn off oven and leave in oven for additional hour.
  7. Let cool to room temperature (on counter) before refrigerating overnight.
  8. Add fresh fruit an natural sweeteners just before eating.