6.18.2012

Harvest Monday

First off, thanks to Daphne for hosting Harvest Monday! So lets get to it then... This week I cleaned out the pea bed since everything was starting to turn brown, and I ended up getting anoth 1lb 6oz! Woot! I also cleaned up my lettuces sine they were growing on top of each other and this heat was making them bolt. I ended up with 3.5 gallon bags of cleaned lettuce weighing in at 2lb 8oz! We also got a small handful of sour cherries from our tree. Last year, we only got 2 cherries, so I'd say this is a significant improvement! I didn't weigh them, but they sure are cute!

Another thing you could say that I "harvested" was water! We got our second set of rain barrels installed just in time for the big rain. Which was so desperately needed! So in total we can store 330 gallons between the 6 barrels. Awesome! With the rain we got, we ended up with about 240 gallons. This should last us about 8 days of watering. Insane. We used to take that water from the city system and it did no good for the plants. Rain barrels are the greatest frekkin thing ever! All I have to do it figure out how to make the ones next to the house "pretty" which for bright-in-your-face-blue, that is not an easy task. Any suggestions??

This Week: 3lb 14oz
Yearly Total: 10 lb  9 oz
Eggs: 0

Now full and still ugly....

I could make a small, and I mean small, tartlet!

21 comments:

  1. I have heard of people painting the barrels but I would not have a clue what paint to use that would stick and look okay. My barrels came in a dark green color and so I did not have that dilemma. Nice rain barrel set up though!

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    1. I did think about painting them white, but then they are still ugly... Im jealous yours were a nice lovely color!

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  2. You can make a screen that covers it with a hole for hose, and plant pretty flowers around it :)

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    1. That is probably what I will end up doing... Maybe some vining flowers?

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  3. Love the rain barrel set up. I wish we could get rain barrels set up on our property. Maybe next year. I like Jenny's suggestion for hiding the barrels.

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    1. Its one of those things that is so dang easy that by the time you get around to doing it, you ask yourself what took you so long?! Just do it. You will be very happy with them, I promise!

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  4. Still on our to-do list; not that it would have mattered if we DID have them set up as we have had only an inch of rain since the beginning of April!!!

    Maybe paint fish on them? Or one of those cheepie white lattice screens?

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    1. I like the fish idea! Now, all I have to do is find someone artsy to do that for me so it doesn't look like a 5 year old's finger painting!

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  5. Your rain barrel set up looks great! I think there is a spray paint that sticks to plastic. You could try that. Making some more is on my list (of things for my husband to do). The ones we have now are strategically placed behind bushes. The next ones are out in the open.

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    1. Yeha, I have used that stuff before to give my cheap-o lawn furniture an update. Our others are in the back yard and conveniently out of sight (enough) so that it doesn't drive me bonkers. These though... gawd they are ugly!

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  6. I know you can buy plastic spray paint for deck chairs, etc. Maybe gray to match the house?

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    1. Yeah... I think I may go with Carolyn's fish idea or a screen of vining something or other...

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  7. A friend painted his rain barrels with the spray paint for plastic---and it didn't work. I've left my blue monsters sitting out in all their ugly glory and screen 'em with vines as best I can. You could also maybe figure out a way to plant something on top of them that maybe trails or something. =)

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    1. Yeah... I would be worried about that exact thing... Paint them, and then the paint starts peeling and they look even worse than what I started with! I like the plant ideas...

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  8. It would be a smallish tart...............
    Is it a young tree? I'm sure as it grows each year the crop will be bigger and bigger.
    Rain is so precious, as we live in the country all our water used comes from what we collect off our roof so we are always mindfull when using it. It does taste beautiful!

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    1. Yeah, the tree was only planted last spring. It will get there :)

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  9. Rain barrels has been on my to-do list for a few years now. Our biggest problem is we don't get any rain in the summer so they would never get filled up! I've seen people put wooden screens in front of them and then used those screens as a trellis for some nice flowering vines!

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    1. Really just get on it. You will be surprised by how much water you actually can collect with just one or 2 good rain storms.

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  10. I would put a trellis a little ways out in front of the rain barrels (so you have room to work with them if you need to) and plant vines on it. or put up some bamboo shading stuff in front of them and put pots of flowers on top.... lots of ideas. I have opted for the square IBC containers which are about 4x5x4 feet in their metal crates and hold 275 gallons each. They just have a better foot print than the blue barrels. And they are white so not quite so ugly.

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