Monday, April 2, 2012

Harvest Monday for April 2nd, 2012.

Happy Harvest Monday to everyone!

I'm still working on getting our garden to the point of where it is all set with the summer vegetables. This week I was able to prepare the bed for the Jersey Giant asparagus that I had been wanting for quite a while. Now I have sixteen crowns planted in the trench, and I'm just waiting for them to sprout through so I can cover them each time until the trench is filled. The crowns are two years old, so I have to wait until next year to be able to harvest a few of them. The year after next is when they should begin being very productive.

This week we were able to pick some more scallions that grew from the bulbs of the store-bought green onions that I planted last fall. These weighed in at two ounces.

I picked twelve ounces of sorrel from the plants that I have growing in a half-barrel.

The biggest harvest for us this week was two pounds five ounces of Rainbow Swiss chard.

Squirrels have been a real problem so far this year. I needed some way to help reduce the damage they do to my garden.

My solution is...


She is a nine week old labrador and golden retriever mix. The grandkids and all of us love her already, which isn't hard to do! Hopefully she will serve as a deterrent for the squirrel problem.

By the way, I'm still waiting for the giant marconi peppers to show some green on the stalks. In the meantime, I bought fifteen fresh plants so I'll have my peppers either way.

Be sure to visit DaphnesDandelions for more exciting vegetable gardening experiences in a northern growing zone.
That completes this week's report.

Have a great vegetable gardening day!

Veggie PAK


  1. Nice harvest! Love the chard! Love molly more! Cute! Congrats!

  2. Molly is so cute. But, does she like tomatoes herself :-)

  3. I don't know if your dog will help out any. I had a dog once upon a time. She loved to chase the squirrels and chipmunks abut couldn't catch them. She was well trained to stick to the paths of the garden, but would ignore it when she was on a chase. Now a large dog is very dangerous to a garden. lol She did keep the cats away though.

  4. my problem has been rats; have trapped oodles of them this year. nice looking harvest.

  5. I've found that my dog and her "scents" tend to keep squirrels and rabbits away from my garden, but I second what Daphne said about the plant trampling issue. My solution was to install light chicken fencing around the garden to keep the pup out.

  6. I have a wonderful dog, an older gent, who is also lab/golden mix. You can't do better. I'm fortunate that he doesn't bother the raised beds and can't figure out why. The one exception is when I added a mix of bone meal and blood meal to one bed and he tried to eat it. He still goes over and noses in the bed if I don't tell him to get away from there. I'm told it's not the bone meal but the blood meal that attracts dogs.

    I came here from Daphne's site. This is my first year gardening. I need to start taking pictures and weighing, though honestly all I've done so far is pick young greens for salads a few times and pinch off herbs!