Garden Update 7-12-15

Hey Everyone,

Well, it’s official, I’m losing my goddamned mind. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even had time for the garden.

I’m baking constantly now, which is okay I suppose. I was getting a little bummed out there for a minute, I wasn’t doing too well at the farmer’s market, but in the past couple of sale days I’ve done really well. That also means that the more I sell, the more I have to cook again. It’s good, but it means more work. I’m also taking a 21 day challenge to try to learn to digitally paint better. There is zero chance of my pottery studio being ready by this winter, so I’m going to have to be trying to make money other ways. I might be working on E-books again (I have a couple planned out already), but I’m going to be working on illustrations as well.

The fair starts up this week, on the 16th. I’m entering artwork, which I’m dropping off today and I’m also entering food, which I’m dropping off Thursday. That means even more cooking, but I’m hoping a couple of ribbons (if I get them) will help me sell more baked goods. I need to squirrel away as much cash as possible to get through the winter. Unfortunately my student loans are starting to really kick my butt since they are almost $250 a month just for TWO of them. TWO. That is obnoxious.

So much to do….ugh. I’ve been exhausted the past couple of weeks, I just never seem to stop running around. Then when I finally get to bed, I can’t sleep, so I’ve been reading. Justin and I have read the entire Harry Potter series in the past month and a half. For those of you that know, that’s probably more than 4000 pages of book. That should give you a glimpse into how long it takes me to fall asleep at night.

Anyway, onto my weed infested garden!


The potatoes are doing well, they are all starting to flower now, especially the purple ones. I’m hoping we’ll have a lot of potatoes to store for the winter.


Can someone identify this? It’s in our landscaping and I would love to get more of them.


This astilbe is the most amazing color I have ever seen.


The beets are swelling, I should be able to pick a few here soon. If you know how to cook beets, please let me know, I’ve never had them before.


Our new septic system is in and we’ve planted 6 rows of stuff on it. We’ve got 2 rows of shelling peas and 4 rows of bush lima beans. I’m also expecting some broom corn and I have a flat of kale to go out there. Possibly a flat of broccoli later.


Here’s a learned lesson. When you have cabbage worms, not all “organic” pesticides are good for your plants. I found a recipe online for cabbage worms. It was 1 cup flour, 1 cup baking soda. As you can see it burnt the hell out of my broccoli, some of it beyond repair, burnt my kale and I can still find worms. Dammit.


The peas are finally flowering. These are the pea pods, not shelling peas. They have very pretty blossoms on them!


Our poplar trees are doing well. They are approaching the 1 foot mark, some have surpassed that. I’m hoping to get them planted this fall, maybe in late september, so that they can winter over and start growing again next year. We’re really hoping to block off that field in the back of the property.


My sweet potatoes are flowering finally! I have no idea if they will produce, but here’s hoping!


And the borage is close to flowering. It should flower this week. I’ll make sure I get a picture of it.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll let you guys know how everything is going and I’ll write in my planner to write a post more often. 10 days since the last one is too long.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. The white flower is a campanula. You’ll have plenty of these soon. Its usual color is a purplish-blue. Plant those poplars far away from your septic system. Their roots can and do spread 50 or more feet from the tree and will clog up any pipes with water in them.

    Flour and baking soda did a number on your broccoli. Do you have enough time in your growing season to re-plant?

    1. Thanks for identifying the flowers! I love them!
      The poplars are going in the back of the property, they’ll be about 200ft away from the septic.
      And yeah, we’ll have enough time to do a second crop of broccoli this year. I’m going to start seeding it soon.

      1. I have both the white and purple-blue campanula varieties here. They get a bit weedy but just about all the flowers here are like that.

  2. cahall63 says:

    Hey Ben,

    Cut the leaves off the beets, and boil them until tender, just like you do potatoes. When they are cool enough to handle, the skin should just slide off.

    1. Are they good with butter or just salted? I’ve seen some english recipes, but nothing that looks simple to do.

      1. cahall63 says:

        I would just salt them.

  3. Monika says:

    Hello Ben, you can use them like you would use potatoes. They make an amazing purple mash if you mash them with one potato or two. You can fry them too.Just remember to wear gloves when peeling or your hands will be dyed really bad and the color does’t come off easily.

  4. Grower says:

    Beets make great salads. Julienne the cooked (I oven roast min, then peel them) beets ant dress with a vinegarette. Crumble in

  5. Grower says:

    Oops! Crumble in some feta, and sprinkle with herbs.

  6. I love roasted beets. Put them in an aluminum foil packet with olive oil for at least an hour and the skins slide off. Best with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. Happy gardening!

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