Summer Harvest Starts in Earnest
Your "yard" is hiding all kinds off good-stuff! What growing zone do you live in, if you don't mind sharing? Love all the peaches on your peach tree!
I am in zone 6.
I am glad that you liked the video, I will make it a point to post one every so often since it seems useful for a few of you.
Also I am in Utah which means watering is an absolute must in the summers. I will save bunches of details on that. It is really getting more fun as I work at gardening, even with some of the failures; for example I had to replant my squash/zucchini 3-5 times because of a wet spring with slugs coming out.
One really nice local resource for gardening information is Caleb Warnock-http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock. The few times I have interacted with him has been very helpful. I have been to a few of his classes and bought a bunch of seeds from him as well.
I also highly suggest getting Caleb's yogurt culture. The steps are:
- Pore whole milk into a 'dirty' jar that has the culture in it (basically the jar of yogurt you just used up without cleaning the jar out)
- leave on counter top over night/24 hours (longer makes it a bit firmer)
- eat it (put in fridge after sitting out over night/24 hours)
I got off but I have this yogurt, with peaches (or raspberries), and granola for breakfast 3-4 times a week lately and it is really good.
Additionally, I have been trying to get in 'sync' with eating at least one item from my garden every meal for the past two months. I will say that it is a really fun but really hard as well. My natural tenancy has been to go to the fridge or the pantry for snacks or meals— I am trying to change that habit to the garden and snack on raspberries, tomatoes, and peaches (that is what I have a lot of right now). Changing these habits is quite tricky to do.
And one last item, I am no where near feeding myself exclusively from this, but I can say I might be feeding my family between 10% to 15% from my garden over August this year. I was at near 0% three years ago so.
I thought that I would just list a bunch of random thoughts I am having on gardening!
Everything looks great Sterling, you are getting a good jump on it! Your planning will pay you back in spades.