Things I try to Grow ...... 10/1/11 update

Discussion in 'Common Vegetables' started by daveomak, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here it is June 23rd.

    1st alfalfa cutting. Cold wet weather delayed everything here.

    3/4 acre should have 2 tons this cutting. 


    Horse Radish in the apple bin (jail). It doesn't get along with anything. Spreads worse than......


    Elephant "garlic". Very mild. Grate raw on anything. Excellent baked and mixed with butter.


    Hard neck garlic. 3 varieties (reduced from 7) Each has 4-8 large cloves and a unique flavor. Very very flavorfull. Excellent for aioli or added to a hollandais. 


    June 28th and the corn is 2" tall. I plant "Bodacious". A 75 day se variety.

    At the far end are the "Blue Lake" pole beans. They are in jail to keep the

    quail away. Quail just love the tender bean sprouts.


    Cherry tomatoes by the back door. A-100's. (from seed)


    Cilantro and peppers. Bells(seed), jalapenos, anaheims, and poblanos.


    Table grapes. 2 varieties. So much better than store bought.


    Thornless loganberries. I am a sucker for loganberry pie.[​IMG]

    Fall raspberries. great jam.


    Table cherries. 5 varieties. A late frost did the blossoms in on the lower 1/3rd of

    the trees. The birds get the top 1/3. I will make do with the middle third.


    Bartlett pears


    Quince. Very unique acidic/sour refreshing flavor. Rosy pink color. I guess I can't describe the flavor worth a darn.


    Things are looking up. 16 hrs + daylight and 90* days and 65* nights. Things should start growing now ?????

    Some of you are eating tomatoes now. We don't have blooms yet. I refuse to show our 16 Roma tomato plants. The rain beat them to death. They had to re-sprout from the roots. Up about 4" and growing.

    The same with the cukes, butternut and cantaloupes. Had to restart from seed.

    Thanks for looking, Dave
  2. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    You have a great variety of fruit, veggies, and herbs. Everything looks like its doing great to me and you should have some good eats soon.  I wish I had the space for all of that. Thanks for sharing!
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi Dave.  Don't feel alone.  I live in ag country in central Cal, and everything down here is running late too. We are probably a little ahead of you, but late for this area.  It was just one of those weird springs.

    Nice looking garlic!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  4. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Your pears are way ahead of mine.  It's been really terrible over here on the wet side.  I've got my daughter growing my ball squash in Denver area.  They might be ready before anything here.  So, are you going to set up a roadside stand or anything or just keep the harvest?
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Everything is looking great Dave.
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Garden...
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Look real good Dave, here in Florida the Spring gardens are close to being Kaput. A few tomatoes left, some onions and some peppers. That's about it. Been to dam hot.
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome Dave
  9. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    Nice garden. Things are looking good. I started my garden from seeds for the first time this year. So far so good. Going to transplant this weekend. Cant wait! I bet that corn is incredible!

  10. Everything looks great! I wish I had the time to grow and maintain a garden!
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most everything we grow is for us and the kid/grand kids. It is frozen, canned, dried, made into pies or stored in the cool room. Some is for the neighbors that help me out around here.


    Garlic grows so good here. It is hard to goof up a plant your stick in the ground in October and harvest in July.


    My pleasure. I've pretty much always had a garden. I think this is getting a llittle out of hand at times but worth it.


    Thanks. Now if I can keep up with it all.

    A dream of having a hydroponic garden like yours. No weeding !

    Next year, alfalfa bales and self watering plastic storage boxes maybe ?


    Chris, right on !! I try to grow it all from seed. Plants are so expensive when you want 12-15 of each variety. The corn is good fresh and freezes well. We strip the kernels and freeze on a tray, then bag and put in the freezer. I think we froze 15 gallon freezer bags last summer.


    Don't wish away your youth. Retirement will arrive soon enough.

  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. We really enjoy the fresh fruits and veggies. It  really puts the gloves on "idle hands".  [​IMG]

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is the first I saw this Dave!!!!

    Everything you showed looks real healthy!

    The pics are Great too!!!

    Thanks for the tour!

  14. samaridad

    samaridad Fire Starter

    looks great, It looks like you have your hands full  .Just bought cherry treee to plant. any advise about fruit trees?  Here in GA the temps have been high ninety's for all spring (no spring, or rain) I have been canning squash and tomatoes already. blackberries are being picked daliy to keep birds away.  looking forward to your updates.
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My neighbor has cherry trees and sprays mine every 2 weeks. He get horseradish, raspberries and garlic for his troubles. I do mow his orchard periodically also. Get a good neighbor. My 10 trees is nothing compared to his 10,000 or so. It is a good relationship.
  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome garden Dave!
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The early variety is ready to harvest. This variety the tops fall over when mature. The other var. keep standing

    until harvested.

    Hand digging. When I grew 5000+ plants I built a harvester to dig them. It worked very well. This plot is too

    small to use it.


    Peeling the heads getting ready to hang to dry. Peeling keeps the heads from getting discolored

    when the dirt is attached. Much prettier product.


    Mom nature did really good. She grew beauties this year. Must have been the LONG, COOL, DAMP spring/summer we had.


    2-3 weeks and these should be dry. Depends on the weather. The fan is used to aid in drying.


    I ended up with about 100 heads of this variety.

    3 more varieties to go. Thanks for looking.    Dave
  18. Nice garden. Lots of work though.
  19. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your garden is awesome!!

    We love the garlic pics!!

     We like to wrap the elephant heads in foil with a slab of butter and toss them in with whatever we are smoking.

      Next year we will have the garden rocking here.

      Great pics... Thanks!!

  20. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    I'm growing a different variety of garlic (first attempt) when will I know it's ready for harvest?

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