A Post-Holiday Update and Harvest Monday!
Some of you may have guessed - or not - that we were away over the past week and a half on a family vacation in Vancouver. I usually unplug completely when I go away but this time my husband had work to do while we were there so I indulged in a bit of blog reading and writing.
When we returned from our holiday, there were some pleasant surprises, such as the roses beside the house which literally burst into bloom:
Never mind the underplanting of weeds - those will be history in a few days 😉
Most of the veg garden did fairly well - I was happy that the recently transplanted tomatoes and eggplant were settling in nicely despite the hot, hot, hot weather while we were away. Another pleasant surprise were the bean beds - these were sown only days before we left and they are now well on their way:
Canadian Wonder bush beans
A right mess on our return
I was able to pick a handful of strawberries - literally - so all was not lost.
And speaking of rabbits - when I went into the Area #1 garden right after we got back, I noticed that the lettuce looked a bit chewed. Or was that my imagination? And the tiny Swiss chard - which was also transplanted just before we left - was missing a few leaves:
Hmmmm - maybe slugs? The very next day, what should I find? Two dang rabbits IN the vegetable garden. Argh!! So I quietly close the gate and then proceed to chase them around until they get out...which shows me exactly how they were getting in. It ended up being a section of chicken wire that was loose on the bottom, leaving a nice big gap.
On this 2nd day, there was significant visible damage on the lettuce, more chard was eaten and I noticed that several pea vines were chewed right off:
This is what rabbit damage on peas looks like
The harvests haven't really begun in earnest yet which, if you go away, is a good thing! There was only a bit of catch-up harvesting to do including bok choy and mizuna:
|Joi Choi & Mizuna|
Botanical Interests 'Gourmet Blend'
Other than greens (I still have kale and lettuce in the fridge that I harvested before we left), there is not much else to harvest at the moment. I'll keep checking on the strawberries and in a day or two I'll feel around for baby potatoes from the container plants. The snow peas are also on the cusp of being ready - always an exciting harvest!
To see what everyone else has been harvesting, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.
One last thing - I'm on Instagram now! I'm a laggard when it comes to social media - life just gets in the way! - but I finally gave Instagram a go this past April and I love it! I wanted to make sure that Instagram was something that I enjoyed and would stick with before I mentioned anything on the blog - looks like it's a keeper! Should you care to follow along, I'm @thegardeningme - I've also added an Instagram link & a feed showing the most recent posts to my sidebar.