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State of the Garden Mid-July

July 15, 2014

Not much to report in the garden arena.  Same old, same old.

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It’s also hard to get a decent shot of either garden in their entirety.  Above the bottom part of the main garden.  Everything from soup to nuts in this one.  Dahlias, garlic, leeks, onions, zucchini, winter squash, cukes, herbs, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatillos, peas, lettuce, beans, carrots, beets, and ???

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Main garden from the top of the hill.

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Greenhouse 1, same thing here as the main garden, a mix.  This is actually where we plant our first garden each spring.  This space has already seen four successions of salad fixings, and bok choy plus early potatoes, kohlrabi, peas, cabbage, strawberries, kale, onions,beets, beans and carrots.  Right now we’re pulling crops and weeding and getting ready to put fall/winter brassicas in here.

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Greenhouse 2, tomatoes, peppers, melons, cukes, onions, and overflow brassicas and salad greens.

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Greenhouse 2 from the other end.

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And finally the new garden or actually the dryland staple garden.

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Potatoes, sweet and flint corn, dry beans, lima beans, winter squash, celeriac, carrots, beets, parsnips and rutabagas.  And weeds!

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. goingplacesbr permalink
    July 15, 2014 7:25 am

    I’m encouraged to see the use of the high tunnels. I saw so many in West Virginia but so many of the farmers here in the Yamhill Valley see no need…yet. I am working with a group in Forest Grove to establish a year round indoor market. As soon as the local farmers understand there is a yer-round consumer demand, I bet the tunnels get erected! And meanwhile, The Wild Ramp just celebrated its 2nd anniversary. This kind of market works!!

    • July 15, 2014 8:29 am

      GPB, it’s so wet here in my location, (near Bull Run) that we wouldn’t be doing much of any gardening until June otherwise. The high tunnels allow us to eat more fresh harvested food, instead of preserving everything in sight in a few scant months and eating preserved food all winter long. Of course, it means changing your eating habits but well worth it to have food here all the time.

      • goingplacesbr permalink
        July 15, 2014 12:16 pm

        If we need someone to run a workshop for farmers in the Forest Grove area (to wake them up to the possibilities) might you be interested?

  2. Martha Caldwell-Young permalink
    July 15, 2014 7:28 am

    I’ve been talking with other gardeners – local and far away – who are struggling with devastation from wildlife – deer, rabbits, raccoons, etc. Is gardening in the midst of wildlife an issue for you? What have you done to make peace with these furry cousins of ours? 🙂

    • July 15, 2014 8:37 am

      Martha, farming in the midst of wildlife is a issue. Dogs are my answer, and barrier methods like covering some of my root crops that overwinter, and growing some of our winter crops in high tunnels. Without dogs, an 8′ or 9′ fence is the answer. A clowder of barn cats solves the small rodent and rabbit problem. As for big predators like cougars, we have moved our calving season later in the year. We have to live with these animals as the fine voters of Oregon have decreed. We don’t call the cops when we see a coyote or cougar. And we don’t shoot them either.
      http://www.kgw.com/news/Three-more-cougar-sightings-reported-in-Portland-265831621.html

      • Martha Caldwell-Young permalink
        July 15, 2014 9:14 am

        Thanks! I’ve heard the recommendation of dogs from another gardener. I’ll pass this along to a blogger farmer friend in Virginia who is really struggling with deer.

  3. July 15, 2014 7:33 am

    what % of all these gardens is for your family only?

    • July 15, 2014 8:43 am

      100% counting Jane’s roots and winter greens for the hens. Three meals a day from our stores takes a lot of food. Our running joke here is that we buy mostly junk food from the store…and we buy grain for Jane and the hens also. If the sheer size boggles your mind, remember I’m not doing much irrigating so it’s a bio-extensive garden instead of intensive. You could grow the same amount of food in a much smaller area with intensive methods. A lot of that space goes for things that are bulky like potatoes and winter squash, once they are harvested they don’t need anything but eating…I still have 6 winter squash from 2013.

      • Molly's Keeper permalink
        July 15, 2014 8:54 am

        I was wondering the same thing as Eumaeus. It seems like a lot of produce for one family! I would be really interested in a post about how you eat/menu plan to utilize all that homegrown food. I love growing things, but get bogged down when I bring it into the kitchen and try make it into tasty food my family will love. What do you make with it? Or do you just eat really simply?

        • July 15, 2014 9:31 am

          Molly’s Keeper, it disappears pretty fast really, we eat a lot of braised greens including with breakfast, so they disappear fast. We don’t eat many grain products, so that means vegetables take that place in many meals. And once you start making things like tomato sauce or soup, it’s astounding how many tomatoes it really takes once you start thinking of filling a pantry for year’s worth of food. Meat figures prominently in our meals too so that kind of rounds things out.

  4. Mich permalink
    July 16, 2014 3:58 am

    Impressive garden 🙂 amazes me you find the time to blog during the growing/garden season & add to that moving cattle, hay making and all the other jobs living on a farm property entails. Busy busy….

  5. Barb in CA permalink
    July 16, 2014 6:39 am

    Even after so many years of reading your blog and following you, I am just in awe of how easy you make it look. “Same old, same old.” is an astounding statement, considering you’re talking about producing 90% of your family’s food! Sharing the process and answering questions over and over must get old, but thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to take us along on this journey! Are the stakes in the tomatoes new, or have they been there every year and I just missed them?

    • July 16, 2014 7:14 am

      Barb, repetition is everything 😉 After all these years, I pretty much know what to expect with these garden spots, each is unique in their own “problems” but knowing what to expect is what makes it seem easy on the outside. It’s work though, and I hope I don’t make it sound too easy because it isn’t.

      The stakes are new, I decided to try the Florida weave this year, jury is still out, it I don’t like it, it’s because I haven’t followed through with timely trellising. I’m using the clips and twine in the other greenhouse, both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. T-posts and twine are easy to come by around here 🙂

  6. July 17, 2014 9:39 pm

    Those garden photos are incredible. I’ve really been jonesing to get out in a garden, pull weeds, and sweat.

    • July 18, 2014 4:45 am

      It’s been pretty hot and sweaty for sure – now I need to tackle the greenhouse to get ready for fall crops 😦 I’ve been using “getting in the hay” as an excuse. Outside gardens are looking pretty good, greenhouses not so good 😦

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