Garden Glory-Cucumbers

This week my Little Sprouts harvested over 50 pounds of yummy produce from the garden.  We picked over 15 pounds of cantaloupe from the mystery vine that planted itself.  Our cucumbers are starting to slow down but we planted some more seeds to try to get a second crop to grow.  About a month ago we planted a second crop of a lot of things.  We’ll see if it pays off.  Somehow, I can’t find the pictures from Monday’s harvest, but total for the week besides the cantaloupe, we picked 8 pounds of cucumbers, 5 pounds of okra, 20 pounds of tomatoes, and tomatillos, hot peppers, and a few beans.  Our beans are doing terrible this year, hopefully we will get some more beans from our second crop.  We’ve been having to buy beans at the farmer’s market, oh the shame of it all! 

Harvesting-Gardening with Kids

harvesting vegetables with kids

Garden harvest

Harvest-Gardening with kids

Yesterday I had a vacation day, so I had to pick the harvest while the kids were gone.  The crusty things on the end are the drying beans.  We planted pinto, calypso, and black beans.  I’m not sure how long to leave them in the pods, so I just have them in a bowl right now.  I also found those two monster okras we missed, so I’m saving those for seed.

Garden Harvest-Gardening with Kids

What are you picking this week?

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Garden Glory-Cantaloupe

Me and my sprouts harvested over 52 pounds of food from the garden again this week. I’m amazed at how much the garden is producing right now. Tomorrow I plan to try to trim some wiley things back and open up the walkways so we can get to it easier if it’s not too hot in the morning. Wow, it’s a scorcher out there today! We picked almost 15 pounds of cucumbers this week, 20 pounds of tomatoes, 13 pounds of cantaloupe, and okra, tomatillos, peppers, and carrots. I’m amazed at what the kids have learned about growing this year, and what they have learned to like eating.

Monday's harvest.

Monday’s harvest.

Today's pickings.  We usually pick on Thursday but yesterday we got a lovely 2 1/2 inches of rain that kept us from working outside.

Today’s pickings. We usually pick on Thursday but yesterday we got a lovely 2 1/2 inches of rain that kept us from working outside.


The rest of today's score.

The rest of today’s score.

Today also marks the end of my time watching a very special young man. I’ve taught and taken care of him for over 10 years and it’s super hard to let him go. It’s always hard to say goodbye…

Saying goodbye to daycare kids.

saying goodbye to daycare kids

Garden Glory-Our First Cantaloupe

This week’s harvest was plentiful and exciting for me and the Little Sprouts! We harvested over 56 pounds of food this week. Take a look!

Monday's pick.  We picked 35 pounds of tomatoes this week.  I was amazed.  Salsa, here we come!

Monday’s pick. We picked 35 pounds of tomatoes this week. I was amazed. Salsa, here we come!


Corn picking was very fun.

Corn picking was very fun.


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We finally got a batch of brussel sprouts.  They grow so pretty.

We finally got a batch of brussel sprouts. They grow so pretty.


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The first cantaloupe slipped off the vine of our mystery volunteer plant.  We can't wait to taste it.

The first cantaloupe slipped off the vine of our mystery volunteer plant. We can’t wait to taste it.


We got a pound of carrots.  They are hard to pick.

We got a pound of carrots. They are hard to pick.


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There are bunches of tomatoes coming on.

There are bunches of tomatoes coming on.


This thing weighed a whole pound!

This thing weighed a whole pound!


This little fella visited us in the carrot patch.

This little fella visited us in the carrot patch.


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This was our best week in the garden yet. It was really fun to see the kids be so excited about some success. What did you pick this week?

Garden Glory-Potatoes?

My Little Sprouts have been harvesting quite a bit this week, so I decided to add up everything we’ve picked so far this year. I was amazed to see that since this season began we have harvested 167 pounds of food. Sometimes I forget to write it down, so there may have been a bit more, but that’s a ball park. Thirty-four pounds of that was just this week! That’s pretty exciting for a novice gardener and some kids. We have been pretty excited for each thing we get to pick.

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Monday was a big picking day.  We found an okra that no one saw.  Actually I had no idea the okra even had flowers on it.  The kids thought that super long one was pretty cool.

Monday was a big picking day. We found an okra that no one saw. Actually I had no idea the okra even had flowers on it. The kids thought that super long one was pretty cool.


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We got almost 10 pounds of tomatoes in that one day!

We got almost 10 pounds of tomatoes in that one day!


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Wednesday brought more garden blessings.

Wednesday brought more garden blessings.

Today we dug up our first potato bed.  We grew Rose Fingerlings in there.  We saw a big spider and got around 3 pounds of potatoes. This bed was part of an experiment to see if hilling up the potatoes with compost or straw works better.  There were NO potatoes in the straw, so later when the compost potatoes are ready, we can find out if hilling them up with that did any better.

Today we dug up our first potato bed. We grew Rose Fingerlings in there. We saw a big spider and got around 3 pounds of potatoes. This bed was part of an experiment to see if hilling up the potatoes with compost or straw works better. There were NO potatoes in the straw, so later when the compost potatoes are ready, we can find out if hilling them up with that did any better.


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The other stuff we picked today was cool too.  We found a giant cucumber that we missed all week!  :)

The other stuff we picked today was cool too. We found a giant cucumber that we missed all week! 🙂

What are you harvesting? If you are not growing food, what do you think of what we are doing?