On the Food Front

June’s been a pretty mild month, thanks to the morning gloom is not too hot nor too cold – just right!

But the first day of July is a HOT one.  Summer is officially here and it will only get HOTTER.

June is the tipping point month were things can either go up hill or downhill … and fast!  So far, we are holding steady.  Some things are growing well, while others not so much.

No new news hear, we do have a problem with some worms that are randomly cutting round holes in the chard – cheeky buggers.   In the morning I go thru and cull the bad leaves from the green beds – those go to the critters who chow down on box load of leafy greens each day.

We’ve spotted a few grasshoppers too.   If they are big enough, Justin who’s just about as quick on the scissor trigger as Wyatt Earp, cuts them half.    Bye, bye grasshopper.  The ones that are the hardest to combat are the teensy tiny ones that wreak the most havoc in the garden.

A few harlequin bugs are still around but now there are some spider mites on the cucumbers and beans.  Justin sprayed Neem Oil to control them a bit.

We are harvesting another bed of carrots.  Like I said, best carrot year EVER.  Next big harvest will be the beets.  I’ve fallen in love with roasted beet and apple salad.  Green beans are pouring in – can never have enough of those.

Tomatoes are coming in by the handful, but hopefully not for long.  So too are the cucumbers, peppers and squashes.  Eggplant are not far behind.  If you drop by the urban homestead these days, you’ll

On the fruit front:  there’s baskets full of apples, blueberries, peaches and pretty soon figs!   Life is good.

Tally Hoe

730 lbs produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs)

Eggs:   32 Ducks /  68 Chickens

Year to Date Tally

2,540 lbs produce

205 Duck Eggs

440 Chicken Eggs

Happy Interdependence Day everyone!


  1. Thy Hand says:

    We have holes in our chard, too, and our spring was too warm, so our broccoli succumbed to some insect that has made it look like lace. It’s been so dry here of late, we’re thankful for all our straw mulch and rainwater tanks- still half full from the last rains- weeks ago.

    I don’t mean this in a mean way, but it’s good to hear that even super experienced gardeners like yourselves still deal with problems. Thanks for sharing:-).

    And I love your “Growing our Groceries” collage at the top:-).

    • Anais says:

      @Thy Hand: Thanks for sharing. Every year if it’s not one thing, it’s another! That’s what the farm life is all about – ups and downs. Takes a lot of guts and patience to continue year after year. Hey readers, what keeps you growing and going even after a bad year. Care to share what gets you up and planting in the mornings? No worries, trying to keep things real so that’s the deal. Oh, that reminds me gotta change that collage now to SUMMER crops 😉

  2. Tim says:

    76 lbs of produce and 120 eggs for us in June!

    • Anais says:

      @Tim: woot

  3. Tamlynn says:

    61 eggs but only 12 lbs of produce. Next month will be better!

    • Anais says:

      @Tamlynn: Every bit counts towards food security. Way to grow!

  4. Alexander Supertramp says:

    First year in NJ. I don’t tally weight but 4 meals of long beans, 1 cucumber, about 10 meals of salad, lots of great herbs and judging by the plants, I’m about to have a mess of tomatoes and the first of my peppers. I fought off some early blight inthe tomatoes, and (knock on wood) everything looks healthy.

    • Anais says:

      @Alexander Supertramp: Thanks for weighing in on your harvest. You got that right “knock on wood” and hope for not too much blight this year! Wishing you a bountiful and productive year.

  5. Taya says:

    3 lb 14.5 oz for June
    5 lb 6.7 oz YTD

    The gardeners I’ve talked to from the DFW area and as far south as Waco are all having bad problems with squash bugs and squash vine borers this year. I have two struggling plants that I thought I’d do some first aid on and see — they have new growth but are still under heavy attack so they may get pulled so I can rework that bed and put in new plantings (2’x4′ — needs a big dose of compost). We have been blessed with much needed rain this past week. I’m really looking forward to my July planting!

    • Anais says:

      @Taya: Thanks for weighing in. Every bit counts towards food security. That’s too bad about the bugs – that stinks. You are right, sometimes it’s just easier to give in to the bugs, turn it all over and start again. Luckily it’s still early in the season. Wishing too, that you have a good July!

  6. Frank says:

    Thanks for the post you guys are always an inspiration! I’ve got to get a good way to make my tally. Seems like I’m always away from the scale or in a hurry for dinner and don’t get things written down. Just harvested a great batch of fingerling potatoes. I love it when they are fresh and don’t even need to be peeled.

    Thanks Again

    • Anais says:

      @Frank: Have to admit sometimes I am guilty of not weighing what I harvest, especially when I run out and get a handful of this or that. Of course, Justin comes in and asked “did you weigh that?” LOL Homegrown potatoes are the best!

  7. Paula says:

    June tally: 7 lbs. 7 oz.

    It has been an exceptionally cool and wet year this year just north of Seattle. We have had only one day break 75 degrees! It’s been a great year for slugs! I have harvested bok choy, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, radishes, and some herbs. Right now the snap peas are almost ready and the cherries and strawberries are ripening, so I’m hoping for big numbers soon! Praying that we get a long Indian summer to give our poor peppers and tomatoes a chance to achieve!

    • Anais says:

      @Paula: I’d say we could send you some of our sunshine to help you out, but we’ve been pretty cool down here to, thanks to the morning marine layer.

  8. Patti says:

    Awesome! Our carrots have been a bit of a bust this year, but I have high hopes for fall. Our lovely beets fell victim to the darling wild rabbits. We don’t have our fence done, so I’m really not surprised! Well, I don’t begrudge the little furballs a meal–I love to watch them play in the yard!

    • Anais says:

      @Patti: Poor you, but bet those rabbits had one of the best dinners of their furry lives. 😉

  9. Ara says:

    While we didn’t have a great vegetable harvest in June due to the insufferable south Florida heat and a fungus/mold that attacked and got our zucchini and yellow squash overnight, we had enough cucumbers to pickle up 8 quarts and leave enough for salads and my husband’s lunches. Something got our green and yellow beans, too, but thankfully not till we got 3 or 4 meals out of them, and we’ve had a few meals of shelling beans. We started to harvest okra the last week of June and already have enough for at least 3 more meals than the one we ate in June, and I’ll be planting more tomorrow since that’s what’s growing well right now. I’m also going to try for the first time some yard-long beans.

    But our biggest harvest in June was our first 30 chicken eggs. We’re pleased as punch! The first hen started laying the 3rd of June, with the other 3 joining in the last week. We’ve already had 10 eggs in July and it’s only the 3rd. Quiches and frittatas here we come.

    • Anais says:

      @Ara: Ah, I remember the insufferable Florida heat (shuddering) While it may look bleak on one front, there’s always bountiful blessings on the other.

  10. Cherry says:

    Its winter here..no produce (it is growing though) but 120 eggs from our five hens!! Always can have egg something for tea..

    • Anais says:

      @Cherry: Good on those chooks!

  11. Bonnie says:

    I am always thrilled if not a little jealous to read about your harvests and how you incorporate them into your meals. As an apartment dweller, I don’t have alot of options available to me. This year I did put a 4×4 raised bed in half of my driveway. I visit the local farmers markets when ever possible. With limited options I try to make the most of the fresh produce I have buy eating the greens from various vegetables and roasting the seeds to winter squash.

    I haven’t read every post, but did not notice a mention of these. All winter squash seeds, as well as watermellon and cantelope seeds, are edible as are the greens from carrots, raddished, and traditional greens like beets and turnips. The accessory leaves from brussel sprouts and broccoli are also tastey.

    • Anais says:

      @Bonnie: Good for you, growing what you can where you are – no matter the circumstance! Thanks for pointing that out. Sometimes I just plum forget to put all the stuff down. We love beet, turnip greens and broccoli leaves; however our critters love them just as much! We make sure they get a basket of such greens every morning and afternoon. Greens today but in no time flat it’s soil for next year!

      • Noz says:

        We had the best beetroot out of our aquaponics system on Sunday – boil the beets whole, throw in the leafs also, towards the end. peel the beets if desired, chop up the leaves, dress as you would a salad with balsamic vinegar, oil and feta, if you like. wonderful.

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