Update!!! Gardening, Family, Harvest...
Sorry for not able to visit and post what happening here in my backyard and at home. I took day off today to catch up some of the long pending tasks at home, garden, etc...
Family Update: We have been running to hospital for Priya's regular checkup and many unheard tests almost everyday. Now thinks are seems to stable and Drs. have scheduled delivery next Friday (June 17), but warning any time now onwards! Our friend from, TX, NH, MD, NM, TN, OK, have been with us (one family at time) to help us til parents arrive. Finally parents are arrived a week ago, now bit relaxed... Now we are eagerly waiting for that big day.
Garden: Despite of my little attention, Garden is doing better than I expected. Watering was main issue for me due to this prevailing dry period with unexpected heat. Harvest lot about 3.2lb tomatoes, some are really big, some sweet, some tart, etc. Tons of Garlic (~10lb), Onions come out very well. Yellow (1015Y Texas Supersweet) and White (Contessa, Superstar) performed much better than Red (Red candy apple) However Hybrid Southern Belle Red is little better Red candy apple. We have harvest many green onions, planted along other flower beds.
Cool season crops not performed, especially radishes expect Chinese Red Meat. Spinach was also ok but bolted much early same with Coriander, Pokchoy, Mustard, Italian green. Dill is superb, harvest leafs many time, now they are flowering. Herbs are doing fine. All Kohlrabis is doing fantastic but sugerbeets are smuggling. No luck with artichokes, Jicama, mountain spinach all completely stressed out.
Strawberry produced very well beginning from April, everbearing has second crop now. So far harvested about 3-cups of blueberries, black and raspberry hardly produces any.
Grapes vines on the pergola set many bunches of fruits, they were doing just fine until last week.. now I see some of the fruits in the bunches turning black and dropping. Please any suggestion the save the grapes?
Sweet peas struggled but produce plenty (for my standard), unfortunalty I not get chance to keep track as we used to eat them in garden itself and my daughter love them so much, she used to run to vines whenever she feels hungry. Super Sugar Snap performed best followed by Suger Snap, Wando, Alaska. Little Marvel. Bush type was also not bad.
Carrots are doing just fine, but not that sweet. Lettuces were big hit; they produced enough to supply five families. My office colleagues enjoyed them very much. Fava beans are not doing well; they have big plant but few pods (2-5 per plant). Flowers tuned black, I don't know why?
Potatoes have done god job! We have blue, white, yellow and pink... all together weighed 23lbs. Done two times BBQ with fresh potatoes, they are awesome.
Corns stared flowing and already set some little cobs on early sunglow, sugar dots, not yet on silver queen. Baby corn is still small even though planted at the same time.
Tomatoes: They looks stressed out mainly because I may not watered them well and also planted quite close. But they keep producing fruits. But I not see much new blooms, some blooms started dropping. Harvested few times but different types. its worth growing many varieties. We enjoyed (ing) their unique taste and flavor which is completely lacking in walmart types. Gary's trail tomatoes making progress and some started blooms. It seems early planted tomatoes almost done? But will leave them growing till fall with some pruning later.
Pepper leaves were curly and kind of struggling, but new growth of leaves is looking good and harvested some hot and sweet pepper twice. I removed some blooms on some sweet pepper and some left keep producing, but I see no difference between the plant have produced and bloomed removed. So I am regretting removing the early blooms.
Eggplants are doing fine, started growing well after the heat up, some blooming, some already set fruits.
Sweet Potatoes are started producing new growth after the transplants. Same with Malabar spinach, zinger, betel leaf, stevia.
Sown southern peas in two batches two weeks ago and today, maily puple and green.
Okra started its growth rapidly after initial stall due to too early planting.
I have shared garden pics taken in the last few days at picasa (see link below). You are most welcome to comment in the picasa as well.
This is all for the time being. I am sure, I might have missed tons of noteworthy info here OK GW. I will try to catch up whenever I get chance.
Paula visited our place yesterday, Thank you Paula for stopping at our place.
My sincere thanks to you all, especially showering your kind wishes, concerns for Priya and also lot of thanks for sharing seeds (swap), plants (spling) and free advise (gw).
Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Update June 1, 2011