Beginning the harvest.

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Getting ready to dig some spuds.

Garden 007aWhile I was at church on Sunday, Caleb, SP, and Alena opened up the garden and began to harvest the root veggies.  We planted fingerlings and carrots.  Fingerling potatoes are small.  I knew that, but I think Caleb was expecting more for all the work.  He said, as we stared at about 10 plants worth which weighed in at about 4.5 pounds, “How much does a 5 pound bag of potatoes cost?”  I said, “It’s not about the cost….these are grown with your own hands, with nothing harmful added to the soil.”   (Thank God we didn’t plant the peanut potatoes!)Garden 020a

Garden 019aSP was totally thrilled with the carrots.  They didn’t pull them all, so I will be able to pull a couple myself and there are still about 14 potato plants to dig.  We have had tons of lettuce all summer.  In fact, some of our biggest fights this summer have been over the lettuce.  “How can lettuce make you fight?”, you ask.  Don’t ask! 

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Buttercrunch lettuce - yummy but not very crunchy.

Our pepper plants didn’t produce at all.  We probably started them a bit too late.  Mom and Dad are getting new windows installed at the house.  Caleb is already planning a new greenhouse with the old windows.  He also won 2500 heritage seeds on ebay.  So many different vegetables and varieties to choose from….what is a girl to do?Garden 021a

Great Aunt Diane Arrives on a Beautiful Swimming Day!

My sister, Diane, four years younger than me, arrived today for a summer visit.  Scotty was happy to see her. 

Diane arrives on a gorgeous day.
Diane arrives on a gorgeous day.
SP greets his Auntie.
SP greets his Auntie.
Gert and Sam are happy to have their third born home.
Gert and Sam are happy to have their third born home.
Teva, with her stick and her best friend.  In the Bay.
Teva, with her stick and her best friend. In the Bay.

SP carries on the family tradition of swimming on the front beach.  Not that there was too much swimming going on today!

Oh, such joy!
Oh, such joy!

And for an update on the greenhouse project, with master gardener Caleb – it is going great!  Look at those potato plants!

Potato rows, lettuce, green peppers, and carrots.
Potato rows, lettuce, green peppers, and carrots.

The “Greenhouse” project.

We were going to have a little hot box for growing some edibles.  You know, like lettuce and radishes.  Maybe a little box to give broccoli a good start before putting it in the ground.  Someplace to acclimate plants started indoors….

A bit bigger than I envisioned!
A bit bigger than I envisioned!
It just about killed him to have to pay money for some supplemental top soil!!
It just about killed him to have to pay money for some supplemental top soil!!
Devising and putting in the irrigation system.
Devising and putting in the irrigation system.

Aiyiya.  My husband has a way about him, doesn’t he?  We have now planted 24 potato plants, a row of lettuce and are trying to decide on what else. 

Potatos from our beautiful friend Clare.  Fingerlings.
Potatos from our beautiful friend Clare. Fingerlings.

Now, of course, we wait. 

Fingerling potato being planted.
Fingerling potato being planted.