Donations for the garden and harvest begins

| 8/4/2012 10:49:20 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveAugust in upon us and the summer has only 48 days left. Many will welcome the relief from the hottest summer on record in their area.  Here in eastern Nebraska, my area is today into day 45 without a drop of rain.  Some areas of Nebraska have received token rain storms but well below our normal rain fall for this time of the year.  Farm cash crops and gardens alike have suffered under the relentless heat even if irrigation and watering has been done.  At Terra Nova Garden over 2,000 gallons of water has been hauled in two 55 gallons drums just in the month of July.  The water hauling has paid off and the tomato crop has started producing.

Tomatoes harvested from Terra Nova Gardens 

Today with the temperatures in the 80s will provide a day that is meant for canning tomatoes.  I have given away as many as I can give away which has been about again as many as you see here in this picture.  The first flush of tomatoes is almost over.  I suspect that because of the hot weather the next flush will be a while in coming.  I really wasn't planning on canning tomatoes this year but there they are waiting for the canner.

Pumpkins from Terra Nova Gardens 
This has been an amazing year even with the hot dry weather.  These pumpkins were harvested from the garden a few days ago.  Normally pumpkins are not ripe until September in Nebraska.  The neighbor across the street from where I live grew these at Terra Nova Gardens.  Bradley my grandson is on the right and the neighbor's son is on the left.  Since this picture was taken my neighbor has sampled the watermelon and gave his seal of approval.  Most gardeners this year have said that the size of the vegetables are smaller but the flavor is wonderful.  It's like the flavor of a normal sized vegetable is packed into the smaller size.

In the last post, I wrote about the picnic table and the lawn mower that had been donated to the Terra Nova Gardens and Urban Ranch to help with the care and maintenance.  Since then the donations for the garden have rolled in a steady pace.

Donated tiller
This is a donated tiller.  Everything looks to be good but it just won't fire up.  I checked the spark, air cleaner, and compression.  All look good.  Upon removing the spark plug for inspection, it appears to be getting gas so I'm stumped as to what could be the problem.  I have it in the shop now to see if it's worth fixing.  I suspect it will need a carburetor kit or something minor to get it into service.  It will be a great asset for the garden.

8/20/2012 12:21:07 AM

Mary, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm hoping to coax a few tomatoes out of all the green ones that are left. I have lots of green tomatoes left. The one experimental zucchini looked awesome until some thing broke all the stems and ate most of the leaves. I didn't get the gate built soon enough. The plant still looks ok and the experiment was a great success. I wanted to know if planting squash category plants later in the season (July) would circumvent the dreaded vine borer life cycle. It appears that it does. Next year I will be planted all my squash related plants in July and harvesting them late in the season. I haven't harvested the green bell peppers yet but finally it looks like they are going to produce a crop. That will be about six weeks late. I hope all the hooligans are behaving (rolling eyes). Have a great day in the country.

Mary Carton
8/19/2012 1:59:03 AM

Dave, my tomatoes have started to come in, and like yours are smaller than normal, but great tasting. I have a few peppers left and that's it for my garden. Hopefully next year I can run a water line to my new gardening area. Corn is being combined, but I suspect yields are way down, as it's been hot and dry here. Sounds like you have started a community garden. May it be bigger and better next year.

8/13/2012 7:25:00 PM

Allan, I never thought I would get such an active response when I started writing about Terra Nova Gardens. Everyone always asks about how things are going at the garden. It's been a great experience for sure. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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