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Let The Harvest Begin!

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Yes, it’s early to start harvesting my vegetables, but with the crazy weather this year, my onions think they’ve gone through two growing seasons and they are ready to come out of the ground.  How do I know this?  Google.  Actually, a more correct answer would be this:  I Googled, “Why are my onions flowering?” and that is what the search results told me.

 

See the flowers?  One is near the top left hand corner of the picture, and the other is on the right hand side.  I have about 5-6 flowering onion plants, and I hope the rest are smart enough to know that they've only been in the ground a couple of months, not two years.

See the flowers? One is near the top left hand corner of the picture, with the other two on the right hand side. I have about 5-6 flowering onion plants, and I hope the rest are smart enough to know that they’ve only been in the ground a couple of months, not two years.

 

A flowering onion means I need to harvest the onions early, although they will be small.  So I picked (or is the word harvested?) one, and I plan to pick the rest over the next few days.  Thankfully, I have a ton of onions left, so I should have at least a few that grow to full size onions.  I also picked a couple of radishes, because they looked like they were peeking out of the ground.

 

So I have one lonely red onion and three lonely radishes.  What should I do with them?  Salad, anyone?

So I have one lonely red onion and three lonely radishes. What should I do with them? Salad, anyone?

 

Honestly, what did novice gardeners do before the Internet?  How did they know what to do when something crazy happened, like onions flowering?

 

Now, I’m sure you’re dying to know how the rest of my garden is doing, so I’m going to post a few pictures updating you on my plants’ progress.

 

My three spaghetti squash plants are continuing to grow, and this one is the farthest along.  It has little flowers forming, which I hope will attract bees to pollinate once the female flowers emerge.

My three spaghetti squash plants are continuing to grow, and this one is the farthest along. It has little flowers forming, which I hope will attract bees to pollinate once the female flowers emerge.

 

My cherry tomato plant is doing wonderfully!  I have several dozen little tomatoes growing, and two are almost ready to pick!

My cherry tomato plant is doing wonderfully! I have several dozen little tomatoes growing, and two are almost ready to pick!

 

My zucchini (or crookneck squash, I can't remember which one I planted) plant is doing well with little baby squash growing.  I can't wait until I can pick those.  Squash is one of my most favorite vegetables, and, if what everyone says is true, I'll have a boatload!

My zucchini (or crookneck squash, I can’t remember which one I planted) plant is doing well with little baby squash growing. I can’t wait until I can pick those. Squash is one of my most favorite vegetables, and, if what everyone says is true, I’ll have a boatload!

 

This is my Anaheim pepper plant.  It's the only pepper plant I actually planted this year as my other three plants survived the winter.  It's coming along beautifully, and it looks like I'll have some peppers pretty soon.

This is my Anaheim pepper plant. It’s the only pepper plant I actually planted this year as my other three plants survived the winter. It’s coming along beautifully, and it looks like I’ll have some peppers pretty soon.

 

It’s heating up all over the USA, and I know a lot of you are getting your gardens into the ground.  I’d love to hear an update on your garden!

 

Also, in honor of the age-old tradition of sharing gardening information, please share your best gardening tip, to help all the novice gardeners like me!

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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.

11 thoughts on “Let The Harvest Begin!

  1. When my onions start to make buds – I snap them off so they will continue to grow 🙂 If you aren’t saving the seeds – there is no need for them to flower.
    Tomatoes – it’s entirely up to you – but I am a fan of guerrilla pruning. Once they start to flower and produce tomatoes – I march our there with scissors and lop off any branches that aren’t going to give me a tomato. It’s easy to tell which are the culprits. This helps the plant use its energy to fruit, instead of more greenery. I will prune at least three times before final harvest.
    If you save your eggshells and grind them up – work into the top inch of soil around the plant. Tomatoes love the calcium, and it will help stop blossom end rot from happening.

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  2. Grr. Your tomato plant is much better than mine. Mine is in my apartment and is growing tomatoes slow as molasses in January. I fertilize, water, etc, but I think I may never end up with as many tomatoes as you!

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  3. My Violetta beans are climbing the poles. My tomatoes and peppers aren’t growing much yet, but we’ve had some cold-waves in May. The first planting of leaf lettuce is right on schedule to be harvested next week.

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  4. Looking good! We are having a crazy spring as well. Our onions are doing the same as yours. We may plant a second onion crop. Your tomatoes look a few weeks ahead of ours…good luck!

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  5. I am so jealous! Here in the Midwest we are just getting tomatoes and peppers into the ground although I do have some lettuce and radishes that are close to ready.

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  6. Your garden is looking wonderful, Laurel! Our California weather has been so weird, with weather in the 90’s in early spring, that the only thing I managed to plant was an heirloom tomato (“4th of July”), and the sage that overwintered from last year. The good news is that the tomato plant is looking good, with one tomato starting to ripen. The bad news is that our weather has been flirting with 100 degrees, so if I get anything else into the ground it will have to be plants rather than seeds. I thin probably my best advice would be to pay attention to what your plants are doing each day. That way in case a tomato worm arrives you can get him before he ruins your plant, or you can sprinkle snail bait with the first snail sighting, rather than losing all your lettuce. – Fawn

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  7. It’s coming along! In Pennsylvania we are behind you, but things are happening!!

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  8. Beautiful pictures! Isn’t it a great feeling to be able to harvest in your own garden?! We’ve been harvesting salad mix, pea shoots (for salads), chives, and a little bit of spinach. Our asparagus crop was small this year because of a frost right after it started growing. Green onions and radishes are next. Oh! I almost forgot my new favorite- dandelion blossoms! I used them to make wonderful jelly for the first time ever.

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  9. I’m only just staring to grow this year too (although from the UK) but I have read that as long as you cut off flowers as soon as they appear the onions should keep on growing. It’s when they bolt and then all the focus goes on the flowering and not on the roots or fruits.

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  10. For a novice your doing wonderful 😄

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