Harvest Update

The garden is overflowing with beautiful fruits, herbs and veggies! Not being able to keep up with harvesting and processing is such a beautiful problem to have!  Plus, the chickens and ducks are over the moon excited about all of the wonderful produce they are eating daily!  In fact, I told Wifey that I am going to create a bumper sticker that states:

“My animals eat better than most children!”

Here is a peek at the magical happenings, in the gardens, at Indigo Acres…

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Blackberries, Boysenberries, Grapes and Apples!
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The third round of greens are growing strong.  They are enjoying their new shade hoop house, which provides much cooler growing conditions.
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We just harvested approximately 400 onions this weekend, with more still growing.  Our tomatoes are just beginning to turn.  The zucchini has been prolific!  
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The new herb garden has been amazing this year!  We have had our third harvest of basil, cilantro and parsley.  Round two of pesto and chimichurri is on my adventure list for tomorrow!  Nasturtium, dill and borage are also on my harvest list for this week!

I feel like a busy bee…what a beautiful problem to have!

Do What You Love, Love What You Do!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

A Love/Hate Relationship

As many of you know, I have a passion for Mother Nature and all of her creatures.  Although, I must admit, I do enjoy some more than others.  For insistence,  I find the tobacco hornworm completely adorable…in any garden but mine! He has such a sweet little face and brilliant color, but he will clear a tomato plant in seconds!

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Look at those little chompers!

August is the magical month when these very large and in charge caterpillars move in to our vegetable garden.  This worm, filled with neon green juices, is one of the largest caterpillars found in North America.

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This tobacco hornworm, found devouring one of my tomato plants, measured 3 inches long and 3/4 of an inch thick!

All tobacco hornworms are marked with a prominent red horn on their bums.

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Even his bum is cute!

More than 120 species occur in North America, but only two (the tobacco hornworm and tomato hornworm) are considered serious pests.  Although these two pests appear very similar, they can easily be differentiated.  The tobacco hornworm has 7 diagonal white stripes along the sides of the body, where as the tomato hornworm has a series of v-shaped white markings along the sides of the body.  I am blessed to have the tobacco hornworm and his family, residing among the tomatoes! (grumble-grumble)

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I am the master of camouflage!
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As he looks at my beautiful tomato plant, I know exactly what he is thinking, “My Precious”!

Here is a little live hornworm action…

I know there are more family members in the garden, hiding and feasting!  I wish them a lovely time and a full belly, until I find them!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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July Garden Tour

I thought it was time for an update, considering the potager is flourishing! 

Indigo Acres: Potager in July

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The cottage garden is in peak bloom!

We have been spending much time harvesting leaf lettuces and head lettuces. We love growing greens!  Pictured below are some of our favorites: mesclun blend, four seasons, romaine,black seeded simpson.

This time of year, we harvest a large amount of pea pods and kale, as well.

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Pea Pods

We love zucchini!  What I should say is we love zucchini bread! We grow 4 different varieties.  One of my favorites is our “Zucchini Balls”!

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Zucchini Balls
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This is a side view of a few of our garden beds.  We grow most of our crops on black plastic.  This not only keeps weeds at a minimum, but heats the soil to appropriate temperatures, for veggies such as tomatoes and peppers.
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Acorn and butternut squash grow well on black plastic.
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Borage, nasturtium, dill, basil, thyme, parsley and chives are just a few of the herbs enjoying this July weather!
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  Not only does our family enjoy watermelon, but it is a favorite among the chickens and ducks!
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In March, we experimented growing tomatoes from seed, in the hoop house this year!  Looks like we will have some early tomatoes!

Who doesn’t love onions! We grow large red, white and yellow onions and well as green bunching onions and leeks.

Adding flowers throughout the potager becomes a wonderful food source for the bees!

 

This spring, a hard late frost was damaging to our apple, cherry, peach, asian pear, plum and apricot blossoms.  We were fortunate that our grapes and berries were spared.

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We grow concord, reliance and himrod grapes.
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Blackberries and Boysenberries will be ready soon!
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Our first sunshine of the season…
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When it is time to harvest, it is also time to re-seed.  Baby leaf lettuce is already sprouting for round three!

” To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Weekend Adventures

What a beautiful and productive weekend at Indigo Acres!  After I cross off items on our “Adventure List” (aka, To-Do-List), it is always so nice to step back and take in everything that was accomplished.  What a wonderful feeling the sense of accomplishment brings!   And, that crazy productivity seems to continue to follow me yet today!  Before noon, I completed barn chores, groomed Ophe, (the 130lb Newfie https://growingself.blog/2017/04/25/our-gentle-giant/) and trimmed the hooves of four goats.  What does this really mean?  I wrestled with five 100lb+ beasts and WON! Continue reading “Weekend Adventures”