Harvest continues on the homestead — 5 Comments

  1. Jackie and Sue, what varieties of asparagus from Nourse Nurseries did you plant? I have very sandy soil. I’ve been picking wild asparagus for many years along ditches in the neighborhood. As new people have moved in, they don’t use their asparagus but yet they forbid people from picking it. What a waste of good food. So I’m going to need to plant my own! Any secrets to planting it? Location? Depth? Water amounts?

  2. I also planted asparagus from Nourse this year and it is growing great! They are an awesome company with a fabulous customer service department! I too will be ordering from them again in the Spring.
    Congrats on your wonderful harvest.
    I hope you are improving rapidly from your fall.

  3. Hello, Jackie. In reference to Judith Cahow from Tennessee in regards to the “glass covered” hole in the garden. Could it be a cold frame? These are used to start seeds or harden off seedlings before the weather allows planting in the garden. They are sometimes used to extend a garden also. That’s why it is dug about two feet deep and has a glass lid, so the sunlight can get through. But care must be used to make sure it doesn’t get too warm, even with snow on the ground! Prop open slightly to even the temperature inside the cold frame. My mother and grandmother used these with much success, and I have thought about it myself since I live in the mountains of North Idaho. Also, using a discarded wood framed window is the way I’ve seen them done. Hinges are easy to apply this way. My best to you, Jackie and happy gardening!

  4. Mexican bean beetle: Experiment with silver or metalized reflective mulch. I have not used it for bean beetles but do use it to control/eliminate cabbage worms and flea beetles. It is very effective.

  5. Mexican bean beetle: You might try planting the very early varieties of the types of beans you grow, if your soil drains well or you garden in raised beds (seeds might rot in cold, wet soil). If you are growing bush types, floating row cover will provide a mechanical barrier. Another thing to try is mulch (something rough and tough like straw) either before or after your beans sprout. Be sure you remove, bag and throw out all plants and leaves from this year’s crop. Any type of organic plant material shelter near your garden will overwinter them, so get rid of anything you can. I had a few bean beetles two years ago. I’ve concentrated on early varieties, floating row covers and mulch, haven’t had any since then.