Dig It – August 29th, 2017

Its August 29th, and its time to HARVEST OUR GARDEN!!!!!! :)

Hello everyone, this is Joe and Melo. This is the 6th entry of our blog. Today we will gladly share some lessons we have learned about harvesting.

beans 1

 

First, we learned that when you are harvesting beans, you must hold the plant with one hand and gently pull each bean off plant one by one. We learned that if the beans are close enough together on the plant, you can grab more than one but be very careful.

Due to the plant being very fragile, if you pull beans off without holding the plant, then the plant may break. In addition, once beans start coming in, the more you harvest, the more the plant produces. We learned that beans can be eaten raw or cooked. We ate a handful of beans while we harvested. It was delicious!

 

For our first harvest in the season, we have gotten two fistfuls of beans.

Farm Hand Harvesting Lettuce

We learned that when harvesting lettuce, have one hand hold as many leaves as possible and using a sharp knife or scissors cut the bottom of the plant. We left the roots and a little bit of the plant above the soil to give it a chance to grow back for another harvest. Lettuces can be harvested at any time during the season.

Lettuce is the perfect year-round plant as it can be harvested everyday for fresh lettuce in salads for lunch or dinner.

During the winter, you can have lettuce in a pot by the window and during spring and summer on the porch or in the garden where it gets a nice mixture of sun and shade.

whole harvest

 

Next, we harvested our onions. Onions are a root plant which means that as soon as you see the actual onion coming through the soil, its time to harvest them.

Our grandfather told us that we use onions as one of the base ingredients in our homemade sauce. Wow! Also, that when he was a kid, our great-grandmother used them to fight off disease.

 

Lastly, we harvested our tomatoes. Our grandfather told us that this year was a very bad year for tomatoes. We learned that due to the wet summer, we will be getting less tomatoes. Tomatoes need lots of heat as well as water to grow tall and strong.

These are just some of the tips that we have learned when we harvested our veggie garden.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

Joe and Melo

 

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