Thursday, August 16, 2012

Full harvest

After a couple of days of rain, I am out picking again as it is full harvest for the next couple of weeks.  We are currently eating most things we plant, as only the lettuce, asparagus and peas are really done.  This week we picked:
  • 4 ice cream pails of apples (off year)
  • 1 ice cream pail of potatoes
  • 2 ice cream pails of beans (yellow and green bush)
  • corn
  • purple carrots and orange carrots
  • beets
  • cucumbers (slicers and yellow ball)
  • spaghetti squash
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • black currents and gooseberries (wild on the river bank)
  • tomatoes (early girl, sub arctic maxi, lemon boy and roma)
  • pepper (green, chili)
  • lots of all herbs
  • 3 zucchini
  • 3 kohlrabi
We freeze or process things that come in bulk (like apples, cucumbers or raspberries), but try to eat everything else ourselves. The girls are still tired of beans, but love eating all the other fruits and veggies. Mike has been making homemade pizza ever week and I have been making lots of crisps and smoothies.

At the same time, my flowers are starting to wrap it up for the summer, especially in the back where the color palette is cool. None the less, there were enough cool colours for Mom to make a large bouquet with a rose from David and Bree's wedding as the centerpiece. My favorite current bloomer is my clematis (see right) , but I love all the flowers in my yard. Currently blooming:
  • bell flower (3 types)
  • sunflower (3 types)
  • 7 types of lilies
  • one flower (2 types)
  • clematis
  • morning glory
  • Himalayan orchids
  • yarrow
  • sage
  • gayfether
  • roses (tea and hybrid)
  • silver mound
  • hydrangea
  • potentila
  • poppy (2 types)
  • sedum
  • companulla
  • daisy
Take a look at some great pictures Mike took of the yard with my notes about them.


  1. The picture of the cherry (in Wendy's album) is the most Beautiful thing ever. If only this weren't the ONLY cherry produced this year. Alright. There were two, but one dropped before it could ripen. We received a sucker from uncle Kent's tree a few years back. I'm starting to loose faith that it will ever produce. One more year and then... CHOP.

  2. The pictures of the yard are gorgeous Wen. Even if they do misrepresent the cherry tree ;) Your yard reminds me a bit of Crescent Blvd. It almost brings on nostalgia. Except I remember how much work it was.