Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

My adventures in food and blogging about community supported agriculture in Northern Nevada

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Oh, Hail, NO!

I haven’t posted in a while because my garden is sad.   Well, it wasn’t sad at first.   It was doing quite nicely actually.   Just growing … slowly.

Then, this happened …

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and this

storm messyard hail

and this

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Ugh.

A freak summer hail storm pretty much destroyed it all.   The frustration is too much for words.

I managed to rescue one pepper plant and harvest the carrots.   That’s all.   I think we managed to get a single tomato–ONE.

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So, what’s on the horizon for Fresh Veggies?   I’ll see you at the farmer’s market … or Whole Foods … or somewhere.   But, I don’t expect there to be much bloggin’ happening.   No worries–I’ll still be here but I think I’ll just be reading not posting.

Anyone care to share some garden success with me?   Lift my spirits?   Post some nice photos of what you’ve grown?  Please?

July Update

It has been a while since I updated on my mini garden.   You know how it goes … summer is busy.   And, well, plants just grow.   (hopefully)

Today seemed like a good day to share because we just ate some fresh green beans.   It wasn’t a big harvest but it was enough for a good side dish to a meal.   Not too shabby for three small plants, in my opinion.

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My favorite way to cook green bean is credited to The Pioneer Woman, click HERE to see how it’s done.

The peppers are still growing … albeit very slowly.   They are being attacked by black ants.   Peppermeister told me to use some baking soda to protect them.   It seems to be working for the time being.  (fingers crossed)

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How’s your garden growing?   Any good harvests yet?    I’m holding out for a homegrown tomato.   (Soon.   Mmmmm.)

Just Keep Growing …

I did some maintenance work in the garden boxes this morning.   My new mantra is “just keep growing … just keep growing …”

The basil finally decided to get its groove on:

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All of the transplants have been released from their mini greenhouse lids … and look at that happy, full row of kale!

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I’m proud of the pepper progress, albeit super slow.

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And, there’s even a baby tomato hiding in there!

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How’s your garden growing this week?

The Big Transplant

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The pepper plants have officially been transplanted to the garden beds and their own pots. I have kept them in the milk jugs longer than I originally thought to protect them but I think it is now time. The peppers are still small plants and address growing pretty slowly. I think that’s normal but transplanting them should give them more room to grow.

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I decided to keep the top half of the milk jug on the plants, not so much for cold protection but more for just the extreme of wind and sun on these fragile little transplants. Seems like a good idea, right?

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I had to thin out the carrots a little bit and discovered this beauty. My five year old happily gobbled it up and asked for more. Grow your garden success, right there! That’s what it’s all about!
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What’s your gardening success this week?

A Bad Week in the Garden

It has been a devastating week here at Fresh Veggies.    I’m feeling a little more than discouraged.

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The lettuce and tomato plants are covered in bugs, white flies, I believe.   The lettuce was ready to harvest and I was totally grossed out by the bugs so WE DID NOT EAT IT.   Bleck.   No amount of washing was going to take that visual away from me.   Gag.

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I promptly busted out the insecticidal soap and sprayed like a maniac.   As a matter of fact, I should probably go spray again to be sure.   Bleck.

Then, there’s the matter of the sunflowers.    Total loss.   I blame the chipmunks.   I blame the squirrels.   I blame the bunnies.   I blame them all.   And, I am sad.imageTo make matters worse, there is someone down the street from me who has no less than 100 sunflower plants happily growing in her front yard.   I am beyond jealous.

And, I will just have vicariously enjoy her sunflowers because mine are dead.

Ugh.

 

Progress Report

I’m happy to say that things just keep growing here in the desert.   My sprouts are officially plants and looking pretty good:

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I even got a little sassy and planted a row of sunflowers along my chain link fence in the back yard.   I would love to get a sunflower fence out of the deal but I will have to keep the critters from eating them.   This is a big challenge.  BIG.

Check out my solution:

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I covered my little sprouts with dried (and slightly crumbled) chile peppers.   And, I totally overplanted.   I figure if 10% make it, I have done my job.   I also put a little bit of bird netting over my row to slow down the vermin that will try to eat them.

Keep your fingers crossed.   This is a risky venture in my neck of the woods.

Do you have a problems with the critters eating the sprouts?   What are your tips to keeping them out of the garden?

The First Harvest

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The weather here is still all over the map but my mini-greenhouses are doing pretty well.   I had to cover everything recently for a flash flood-type of thunderstorm that, in reality, only lasted a few minutes, but would have devastated my tender little plants if they had been exposed.   The overnight temperatures haven’t been too bad.   However, it does flirt with the freezing mark on a regular basis despite hitting near 90 the other day.   I live in a crazy dry … and very wide ranging little climate zone.

So, every little success must be celebrated.   Today, we celebrated GREENS.   Mmmmmm.     There were just enough greens for me and the Fresh Hubs to each have a big, green salad for lunch today.   Lucky us.

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Mesclun, not to be confused with Mescaline … completely different fruit of the desert.

Blue kale.   Take that, Whole Foods!   Boom.

Blue kale. Take that, Whole Foods! Boom.

Green beans, almost ready to climb

Green beans, almost ready to climb

the peppers are still in their milkjug greenhouses, sensitive little boogers

the peppers are still in their milkjug greenhouses, sensitive little boogers

Grow, DAMN YOU, grow!

Grow, DAMN YOU, grow!

In all it's glory. and hard earned, GREENS.

In all it’s glory and hard earned, GREENS.

The Sprouts Keep Growing

It has been a couple of weeks so I thought I would check in and let everyone know how the sprouts are doing.    Current status:  pretty darn good.

The weather here is fairly unpredictable and, in between snow showers, it has hit the 90 degree mark.   ( Ya, I know.   Too weird.)

We made a bird netting system to keep the big pests out and take the tops of the mini greenhouses off when it gets hot.   It’s a pretty simple cover rig so we can switch it right back when the weather flip flops and we need the greenhouse lids again.imageI am happy to report that I have three kinds of lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, cilantro and chives all doing their sprout-y business.

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I’m pretty proud of my pepper sprouts in the milk jug greenhouses.   They are coming along but I haven’t braved cutting the tops all the way off just yet.   Maybe, next month.   In the meantime, I take the top lids of the milk jugs off on the hot days for extra ventilation.    Otherwise, they get steamy little saunas all day.   I think they like it.   The nights are still pretty cool here so they are getting the full range.   (And, that’s why they are so hard to grow from seed here.   Wish me luck!)

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Sprout Update

How about a sprout update?   Lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots and green beans have all poked through to the light.   The peppers are taking a little but longer but I think that’s normal so we’ll keep waiting on them.

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First Sprout

It’s just barely starting but the tiniest tips of green are poking out of the soil.

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Spinach, maybe?

It’s a big day here at the Fresh Veggies household.   Big days start with tiny, little green sprouts.

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