My garden 2013...10/14/2013 update.....

Discussion in 'Common Vegetables' started by daveomak, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's my first harvest of the year.... Alfalfa..... That's my neighbor on his tractor cutting my alfalfa...

    After 3 days, with hot weather and drying wind, it's looking good..

    Hardneck Zemo variety looking good....

    Elephant is awesome.....  

    All in all, I think this will be my best harvest of all my garlic varieties ever...  I think it is

    finally getting acclimated to the soil here or I'm getting smarter when it comes

    to growing this delicious weed..... 

    I ordered 4 varieties of northern climate/day length onions from

    Dixondale Farms.... I'll see which grows best here.....  60+ plants of

    each variety....  It really chaps my butt to have to pay 80+ cents per pound 

    around here for onions...  Since I spent the last 3 days weeding the garlic, (it's getting close to harvest),

    It looks like I need to weed the onions...   I just keep pouring the fertilizer to it so the onions and weeds have 

    plenty of nourishment.....  ammonium sulfate is what I use... 

    Shallots are dividing nicely... the bulbs look like

    they will be very big this year....  

    I just ordered 2 more varieties of garlic.... Lithuanian Purple... They said they were sold out

    for this year but I would be on the waiting list in the event someone cancels.... DRAT!!!

    A beautiful new marbled purple stripe. This variety was grown for generations in rural Lithuania and came to us from a customer from her grandmother. Most bulbs have 6 cloves and a deep purple coloration.

    And Siberian Bulk...An outstanding strain originally secured by fishermen trading green leafy vegetables with poor peasants who grew only root crops. Very large bulbs due to weak flower stalk at U.S. latitudes. 5 to 7 fat, dark brown cloves.

    I'm not sure who writes the descriptions for their garlic, but it's interesting to say the least...

    Grapes are looking healthy...  cherries look thin, due to the freezing weather this spring.... time will tell for sure..   

    Until later......  Dave
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  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is a lot of property to work. The plants all look very healthy and large. Is there that much difference between the flavor of each variety?...JJ
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dave.....looks wonderful!  I gotta weed this weekend too.  Fertilizer is making the nut grass grow very well too!

    I am loving the garden pics here at SMF!

  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You really are serious about garlic. Very nice!
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are into garlic and it's subtleties, yes...  Kind of like good whiskey.... each tastes different....  From Scotland to Kentucky to Canada, there is a difference....
    Yes I am.... the older I get, I find the potent flavors of certain condiments adds layers of depth to most dishes....  

    Like mashed potatoes for instance....   add garlic and they ain't mashed spuds any longer...  they are AWESOME.... 
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  6. "It really chaps my butt to have to pay 80+ cents per pound around here for onions..."  Hello Dave.  Ok please edumacate me.  Like the Gerogia Vidalia, and the Texas 1015 I would have thought you would be growing the Walla Walla variety up there yet you didn't mention it.  I Know I'm about to learn some valuable info.  BTW plants lookin good.

  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking real nice Dave!!

    We harvested bush beans last nite!!!

    The garlic and onions are looking way good!!

    ...Makes note to prepare someone a few ISOM items for card nite...

  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I didn't mention the varieties.... did I....  Copra, Redwing, Walla Walla and Yellow Sweet Spanish...  Sweets for "in season eating" as they don't keep well.... and winter storage onions for later this winter and hopefully next spring...   Onions are like garlic around here.... they belong in everything...  

    Copra..104 days. When all your other stored onions  have turned to powder, you'll still be enjoying Copra.

    Redwing.... Days to Harvest:  100-120   Simply the best long day red onion grown in the Northern areas. Deep internal red color continues to develop during storage.
  9. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member it tooo late for me to plant garlic here?  Have a few holes where some of the "onions" didn't make it....and the nut-sedge hasn't taken over yet. AND...what kind....variety?

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  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep.... too late..... I plant the first to second week of October..  Check out the local farmer's market for hardneck garlic...  buy a head of every variety they are selling..  If they are selling, they are growing it and it will work for you....  plant the cloves this fall...cover with mulch so the cloves don't frost heave...  A raised bed is perfect so they don't sit in a wet soil and rot..... 
  11. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    cool.....I do know where I can get some to use.

    Thanks Dear!

  12. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good, Dave!

    Those your beeves? They getting the alfalfa?

    My gardening is limited to pots. I don't have anything in the ground but I have a lot of herbs and some cherry tomatoes and even planted some 1015s last fall. Didn't do much. Bulbs are not much bigger than golf balls. Also planted some garlic that sprouted real well but I haven't dug it up yet to see how it did. Got both onions and garlic at the local supermarket. Next fall, I'm gonna look for some locally grown stuff and set them in 24" diameter clay pots. I won't get enough to keep the kitchen supplied but it's worth tinkering with.
  13. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks great dave... I wish I had the land to grow my own stuff.
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    beeves ???  beehives ?  the blue-green things are "earth boxes"....   I'm trying those so the ground warms up and maybe I can get a decent crop of chilis...   For living in the dessert, it gets colder than chit here.... even in the summer...  stuff stops growing at night...  usually in the 40's at night all summer...  It's good for sleeping....   not growing...
    Thanks Mike...  Try "earth boxes"....  they are cool.... folks say they work....   Dutch introduced me to them.....


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    I'm looking forward to Spring so I can try the DIY EarthBox gardening method. EarthBox gardening is a self-contained, raised bed gardening concept that several SMF members use to great sucess.  Here is a link to EarthBox Gardening
  15. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Dave
  16. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't know about the desert country in WA, but here in TX it ain't uncommon to refer to multiple head of cattle as "beeves".

    Are those in the background of the alfalfa cut your'n?
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HAHAHAHA !!!!     Cattle.... OK...  beeves must be plural for bovine....  just guessing....    those walking dinners are my neighbors....  belong to the guy cutting my hay......   Reg. Angus...  He has some of the top cows in the country...  Sold a bull last year for $19,000....  I've bought beef from him... Man is it good...  He runs about 1,500 head during the peak...

    Those must be going to auction somewhere because summer pasture is where most of them are now...  

    Today is a good day....   I learned something new....  another day that don't count toward days spent on earth....    Thanks much RH.... 
  18. Looks great, Dave!
    I've grown a lot of Copra and its open-pollinated derivative Clear Dawn.

  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm enjoying trying different stuff..... Hope I have a good crop....    
  20. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks great Dave.. My earth boxes are booming right now.........

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