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A Surprise Harvest And Spaghetti Squash Success!

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Do 14 small peaches count as a harvest?  I don’t know, but I’m pretty happy right now.  My friend, Jennette, (Remember her from my Thrive giveaway?) came over the other day and said, “I think your peaches are ready!”  Sure enough, she was right!  I took a look today, and they were ready!  See?

 

Aren't they beautiful?  They're a little small, only about 1 - 1 1/2 inches, but they taste good: juicy and sweet!

Aren’t they beautiful? They’re a little small, only about 1 – 1 1/2 inches, but they taste good: juicy and sweet!

 

Peaches are usually harvested in late June – early July, but I guess our warm winter hastened the harvest.  It was a lovely surprise to have these gorgeous peaches so early in the year!  Now all that remains is to decide what I’m going to do with them.  Decisions, decisions…

 

Peaches are not all that’s growing in my garden right now.  Take a look!

 

My spaghetti squash seeds have sprouted!  I have 4 spaghetti squash plants poking out of the ground in different places throughout my yard.  I thought trying a few different spots might increase my chances of success.  We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

My spaghetti squash seeds have sprouted! I have 4 spaghetti squash plants poking out of the ground in different places throughout my yard. I thought trying a few different spots might increase my chances of success. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

 

Two of my three pepper plants from last year have little peppers growing on them.  The third looks like it's getting ready to blossom, so I may have three plants with peppers very soon.

Two of my three pepper plants from last year have little peppers growing on them. The third looks like it’s getting ready to blossom, so I may have three plants with peppers very soon.

 

Two of my three tomato plants have tomatoes!  Here's one.

Two of my three tomato plants have tomatoes! Here’s one.

 

And here's the other.  This is a cherry tomato plant, and I was a bit worried it was going to just produce flowers and no fruit.  I was quite pleased to see that my worries were unfounded.

And here’s the other. This is a cherry tomato plant, and I was a bit worried it was going to just produce flowers and no fruit. I was quite pleased to see that my worries were unfounded.

 

My eggplant is safe from the bunnies and is growing very well.  It has one flower open with a few others getting ready to bloom.

My”cage is keeping my eggplant safe from the bunnies!  It has one flower open with a few others getting ready to bloom.

 

And finally, my strawberries...  I did not end up putting cages around them.  I found an all natural spray (made of garlic and water) which bunnies do not like.  They've munched on a couple of leaves over the past week, but they take one bit and stop eating.  I may have strawberries yet!

And finally, my strawberries… I did not end up putting cages around them. I found an all natural spray (made of garlic and water) which bunnies do not like. They’ve munched on a couple of leaves over the past week, but they take one bite and stop eating. I may have strawberries yet!

 

So, for the moment, my garden is growing and producing.  Hopefully I will have a lovely harvest for my family.

Is the weather warm enough in your neck of the woods to start your garden? 

What are you planning to grow this year?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

17 thoughts on “A Surprise Harvest And Spaghetti Squash Success!

  1. Wow! Your peaches look perfect! Isn’t it fun when everything starts ripening? We have just started picking tomatoes and zucchini from our garden.

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  2. The blossoms are just starting to drop here. Our peach harvest is late August. Yes, I am jealous right now.

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  3. It’s still a tiny bit chilly here in Vancouver for planting, but! we are almost there ^^

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  4. Wow! Your peaches count for sure!! Ha! My garden was just put in today. We never plant much before Mother’s Day in PA! I’ll share photos soon!

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  5. Holy moly. We haven’t planted anything yet because we’re still waiting to get past the last frost date. Our trees only started leafing out in the last week! So yeah, we’re behind you a bit. 🙂

    I will definitely be planting tomatoes, green peppers, and squashes (zucchini, yellow, acorn minimum) this year. Hope one day our peach trees will give us some peaches, too!

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  6. Oh my gosh Laurie, everything looks so good, the peaches look yummy. Off hand, by the looksf things , you’re going to have a great harvest by midsummer, or sooner!

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  7. You have my mouth watering after your garden. We usually don’t plant until after the third week in May (hopefully after all threat of frost is gone). It’s still cold and some years, it’s too cold on Victoria Weekend (Queen Victoria’s Birthday, which we celebrate) so we wait another week. ~(*_*)~~

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  8. Your garden looks amazing!

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  9. So far just harvesting lettuces. The cabbage is about ready. Everything else is growing and I can’t wait. I counted 51 tomato plants. What was I thinking?!

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  10. You must be a very happy person- those in close contact with fresh veg and fruits usually get that glow by default.

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  11. I say you should just eat those beautiful peaches FRESH ! I can’t start my garden because we are building a new retaining wall but my garden area will be BIGGER now! I’m feeling a bit frustrated that I’m not busy with a vegetable garden.

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  12. Wow, tie garden is full of goodies. My daughter and I are doing some remodeling and cleaning in preparation for our big garden plans; however we do have cherry tomatoe and cabbage sprouts in the works. I have even tried to start some in house herbs like chives, oregano, Italian parsley, and even thyme (one of those package deals from our local home improvement stores but I thought why not!?) What other great ideas would you have for a toddlers garden that would show her quick results? Let me know!

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  13. P.s when we moved in there was ashtray a peach tree which has yet to ripen but everyday my daughter says almost pink! But they are still little green nuggets! I give it a couple of more Weeks.

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  14. Wow! So jealous! It’s too cold in Norway to put anything outside so far, but small plants are growing in a small green house 🙂

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