2012 Harvest

2012 Harvest

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Harvest - July 2013

Harvesting Carrots
Carrots

The month of July has really been a great month for the garden and we could hardly keep up with the vegetables. We began picking a few carrots towards the end of June, but they really started producing in the beginning of July. We pulled all of the remaining carrots a few days ago and filled about 5 gallon size freezer bags. Time to plant another crop for the fall.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Garden Update - June 2013

Graver Homestead
The Graver Homestead
Here are some photos of the garden during the first and second week of June. Things are growing extremely well and my landscaping fabric is doing a great job of keeping the weeds down.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Planting and Growing Potatoes

If there is one vegetable in our garden our family can't do without, it's potatoes. Not unlike many other Americans, we love our potatoes. While I believe every home gardener should be able to grow potatoes, I would not consider them to be as easy as many other vegetables. The process of planting potatoes generally takes more time than most vegetables and they require a good deal of organic matter or fertilizer to be successful, not to mention dealing with the Colorado Potato Beetle.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Planting Onions

Onions may not provide as much substance as other root vegetables, but they are certainly a necessity in our kitchen. They are easy to grow and with their long shelf life, a few rows can provide a family with a continuous supply of onions for months.

Onions can be planted in a number of different ways. They can be planted by seed of course, but because this method requires starting the seeds inside a few months in advance, most home gardeners use onion sets or onion sprouts. We've had better luck using onion sets and we find them much easier to work with than onion sprouts, so this article will mainly focus on that method. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Planting Kale

After hearing year after year how great my brother's kale has done, I decided it was finally time to give this underrated vegetable a try. I've only ever eaten kale a handful of times, but as I've found in all other instances, my consumption and preference for a particular veggie goes way up after I've grown them myself. There may not be any noticeable difference in taste, but there is just something special to eating food that you've not only prepared in the kitchen, but spent weeks and months nurturing as it grows. Hopefully the same will hold true for my experience with kale. If nothing else, more kale for my brother to eat. The variety of kale we are trying this year is called Dwarf Blue Curled Kale.

Planting the Seeds

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