Archive for the ‘Garden’ Category

First Frost Harvest

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

With the impending frost last Saturday we harvested tons of produce.  We grabbed all our green beans (mostly dried on the vine), cut our sweet potato vines (we’ve heard that if the vines experience a frost, then the sweet potatoes don’t taste as good), harvested our peppers and tomatoes, picked pears from a tree in town, picked a 20 gallon tub of peppers from Steve Salt, and cut our basil and coriander to dry inside.

So much work before a frost, before everything settles into winter.

Gargantuan Red Potato

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

This is definitely not a representative sample of our potatoes, but it’s definitely worth sharing.

Early August Garden

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Early July Garden

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The garden is going strong and giving us a steadier stream of harvest.  We’re picking a few beans a day, and a cucumber or squash every few days.  The bounty is approaching!

Bike Wheel Trellis – Hard Luffa

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Here’s the pictures of Michelle’s second Bike Wheel Trellis.  The Luffa’s are loving it.  There was concern that the rims would get too hot in the sun and burn the plant, but they really don’t get hot at all.  Hooray for creativity!

Garlic and Onion Harvest

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

We pulled our garlic and onions on Friday/Saturday.  They did well, especially considering the wet season.   We’ll be expanding planting for next year since we have more space to plant in now.  We harvested a little under 40 heads of garlic, most of the big ones to be saved for replanting in the fall, and we haven’t yet weighed our onion harvest.

The garlic is hanging in the garage, and we’re curing the onions on a bed sheet over a reclaimed futon frame that we repaired the structure on using twine.  All seems to be going well!

More Bike Wheels and Rain Barrels

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

So many completions this week (and last)!

Michelle built another bike wheel trellis out of 100% reclaimed materials.  It consists of a palette board, 4 bent bike wheels, and it’s tied together with bike inner tube!  Then we dug down and packed it into the earth.  The hard luffas are liking it.

I have some silicone on my hand as I type because I just finished the overflow spout on the rain barrels.  (We found some old silicone caulk in the basement and revived it using a corkscrew.)  It’s a 4 barrel system hooked together using PEX tubing, something I haven’t found anyone using.  It’s more weather resistant than PVC, doesn’t leach as many chemicals, and there’s no sealing the tubing.  There’ll be more to come on this as they get filled and we figure out how we need to modify.  We already had to address some issues with plumbers tape.  I’m hopeful everything is in order.

Also as I type, Jon is finishing the twine on the tomato trellis, built with large fallen sticks from the woods and a biodegradable sisal twine.

Things are going well, and there’ll be more updates in the coming days, especially on a local farmer series we’re putting together.

Bike Wheel Trellis

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Michelle built a Luffa Trellis out of old bike wheels, popped bike inner tubes, and palettes.  The only things that weren’t reclaimed/recycled were the six screws that hold the wood frame together.

Pole Bean Trellis

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Part 1 of the pole bean trellis is finished, with the addition being finished tomorrow.  Here’s the work in progress.  Also, a picture of the freshly painted garage.  The paint was “oops” paint from Home Depot.  Basically, whenever a paint bucket gets tinted incorrectly, they sell it for super cheap.  We got 5 gallons for $15.

Mid June Garden

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

When it warms up, the plants just grow so quickly.  Before you know it they’re all grown up, showing off to some pollinator, and bearing fruit.