http://www.durgan.org/2015/June%202015/17%20June%202015%20Colorado%20Potato%20Beetle/HTML/ The Colorado Potato Beetle has surfaced on my potatoes. These are pictures of the hatched eggs, no adults have been seen to date. Due to my small number of plants they are hand picked as necessary for control. They cannot be ignored since complete destruction of the foliage will result is allowed to mature.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/colorado-potato-beetles/ Colorado potato beetles in home gardens. This is a complete detail of this pest.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SIGKH 22 June 2013 Colorado Potato Beetle. This is the 2013 infestation.
http://www.durgan.org/2015/June%202015/16%20June%202015%20Sundrops/HTML/ 16 June 2015 Sundrops, Evening Primrose (Oenothera) This pretty perennial spreads a bit each year and is a blaze of yellow for about two weeks. There are three clumps in the garden area.
http://www.durgan.org/2015/June%202015/15%20June%202015%20Juice%20Kale%20Collards%20Escarole%20Basil%20Celery/HTML/ 15 June 2015 Juice Kale Collards Escarole Basil Celery
The current vegetables in the garden were made into 20 liters of juice, and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature. Vegetables were Collards 4 pounds, Kale 7 pounds, Escarole 4 pounds, Basil 1/4 pound, Celery 4 pounds. All were cooked until soft and beat into a slurry then stained and stored in liter jars. Pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JYAFL 14 June 2015 Garlic Scapes.
The garlic is at the producing scape stage, which is the curly stem which produces bulbils at the end if allowed to mature.The scapes may be cut off and used at this stage. Also I don’t particularly enjoy the scapes in cookery. There is some reports that larger cloves form if the scapes are removed. I have encountered no evidence of this. I let the bulbils mature until the main bulb is harvested. Experience has indicated that larger cloves form if the cloves are allowed to mature until the skin of the bulbs just starts to burst. In other words storage time is increased, since the cloves can dry more thoroughly. Also shown in the pictures is two rows of elephant garlic, first time grown, and a row of bulbils planted in 2014.The crop will be harvested about the end of July.The main garlic is from my own saved bulbs from the 2014 crop. The elephant garlic was purchased from the supermarket.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CFGPT 6 June 2015 Moving Collected Rainwater
Rainwater is collected in four barrels, two on each side of the house. They are drained into a dispensing barrel and the water is dipped out and put into a wheelbarrow for moving around the yard where required.I find this is more efficient than using a hose and gravity or pump system. The milk cartoon is used to limit wave action when moving the wheelbarrow.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MHWQP 6 June 2015 Dame’s rocket
Hesperis matronalis, Dame’s rocket, is a most pleasant smelling wildflower is not native to NA. It is considered a noxious weed. but this year there are few, since many didn’t survive the severe winter. Most years the uncultivated disturbed areas are covered with these blooms. It is sometimes confused with phlox, but the flower has four petals and the phlox has five.Colors are white and shades of purple.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HBGZD 4 June 2015 Romaine Lettuce Juicing
Seen mature heads of Romaine Lettuce was made into 9 liters of juice. Seven were pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage.Annotated pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DEALJ June 2015 Wood Chip Mulch
Nine cubic yard of wood chip mulch was delivered to my driveway. Cost was $10.00 per yard plus %30.00 delivery charge. This will be sufficient to layer most of my growing area garden about three inches deep. The main purpose is to retain moisture. About seven wheelbarrows is a cubic yard.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HXALZ 4 June 2015 Garden Mulched.
Finished laying the 9 yards of mulch. All beds and tree areas are covered.If more mulch is required a load an be transported in my van a half a yard per trip.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NXIKF 2 June 2015 Garden
Pictures of garden 2 June 2015. Season has been cold so far, frost and rabbit damage has been encountered. But optimism prevails and a reasonable harvest is expected.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NPXKV 31 May 2015 Rain
This is the first reasonable rain in about two months in my area. My four 45 gallon drums on each downspout are full. I use the wheelbarrow as my practical rain gauge. Half full is a good rain so there is still a bit to accumulate. Apparently this Spring we have received about 7% of the normal rainfall.