Marilyn and Cliff have gardens at home (H) and in New Russia, NY (NR) and also a triple plot in the Lafayette College Community Organic Garden (OG). They enjoyed sizable organic gardens in the 80s and have kept small gardens annually but appreciate the fun and good food the [Lafayette Organic Gardening] [Cliff's 2017 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2016 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2015 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2014 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2013 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2012 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2011 Garden Blog]
December 31Pruned grapes in NR. Froze garlic and Potatoes.
December 24Weeded at OG. Pruned grapes. Froze garlic.
December 22Dug carrots at OG. Weeded. Froze garlic, potatoes and onions.
November 4Harvested beets, brussel sprouts, raspberries and a tad of kale in NR. Garden cleanup. Froze small pumpkins.
November 3Harvested beets at OG. Clean up.
October 24Harvested sweet potatoes and dried beans at OG. Clean up.
October 22Harvested peppers and sweet potatoes at OG.
October 21Harvested spinach, broccoli, kale, cranberries, dried beans, beets, brussel sprouts, snap peas in NR. Covered cranberries and spinach with straw. Clean up at OG. Harvested beets, carrots and dried beans. Froze pumpkin NR & H.
October 20Harvested spinach, raspberries in NR. Planted Yugoslavian and White Germain garlic. Transplanted painted daisies and blueberry shoots.
October 19Gathered volunteer painted daisies at OG.
October 18Harvested beets, carrots, peppers, celery and eggplant in OG. Cleanup.
October 15Harvested kale, beets and spinach in NR.
October 14Harvested dried beans and celery in OG.
October 13Harvested cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, raspberries, beans, last summer squash, lettuce, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, snap peas in NR. Lots of clean up.
October 11Harvested cherry tomatoes, raspberries, pinto beans, beets, carrots, cauliflower, and peppers in OG. Some clean up.
October 7Harvested tomatoes and snap peas in NR. Started a sauerkraut crock.
October 6Harveste wax beans, raspberries, beets and potatoes in NR. Painted tree trucks white.
October 4Garden cleanup and sprayed copper soap. Harvested peppers and pinto beans.
October 3Lunched on raspberries and grapes at OG. Garden cleanup. Harvested pinto beans, brussel sprouts, and camomile.
October 2Harvested raspberries, mini watermelons in OG. Garden cleanup. Pinto beans look to be rotting.
September 30Sprayed nematodes in NR. Planted Metechi, Germain Red, Music, Siberian and Bogatyr garlic. Harvested raspberries, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green beans, dried beans, summer squash, cucumbers, broccoli, kale in NR. Garden cleanup.
September 29Canned sauerkraut. Harvested raspberries & spinach in NR. Harvested rasberries and lettuce in OG.
September 27Clean up in OG. Harvested tomatoes.
September 26Weeded in OG. Picked peppers, tomatoes and eggplant.
September 23Weeded in NR. Harvested tomatoes, pumpkins, melons, watermelon, spinach, kale, broccoli, and lettuce.
September 22Weeded in OG. Harvested potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, raspberries, spinach, andgreen beans in NR.
September 19Weeded in OG. Harvested tomatoes, raspberries and brussel sprouts. Sprayed BT.
September 18Drying apple slices.
September 17Weeded in OG. Harvested peppers, grapes, raspberries and an eggplant.
September 16Froze melon. Harvested string beans, cherry tomatoes, apples, broccoli, squash, cucumbers and spinach in NR. Weeded in OG. Harvested basil galore and celery.
September 15Weeded at OG. Harvested pumpkin. Canned sauerkraut.
September 13Canned grape juice twice.
September 12Harvested grapes in OG.
September 11Drying apples.
September 10Harvested spinach and concord grapes in NR. Froze cherry tomatoes.
September 9Harvested cantaloupe, tomatoes, apples, lettuce, green beans and dried beans in NR. Dug potatoes. Froze roasted squash.
September 8Weeded at H. Harvested cantalopes, squash, cucumbers in NR. Dug potatoes. Froze cantaloupe and watermelon.
September 7Canned grape juice.
September 5Harvested grapes (9+gal) and a watermelon in OG.
September 4Weeded at OG.
September 2Weeded in NR. Harvested plums, grapes, (17lbs) potatoes. Started sauerkraut in %L and 10 L crocks.
September 1Weeded in NR. Harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, string beans, plums, cantaloupe, (80lbs) potatoes and kidney & black beans. Canned 24 pints of sauerkraut. Dried plums.
August 31Weeded at OG. Harvested beets and carrots.
August 30Weeded at OG. Harvested cabbage.
August 29Weeded at OG. Harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and a few raspberries.
August 28Juiced and cannned Marquette grapse.
August 27Harvested a couple watermelons and cataloupe at OG.
August 26Harvested beans, cucumbers, squash, spinach, beet greens, and plums in NR.
August 25Harvested marquette grapes, potatoes and tomatoes in NR. Froze melons and green beans.
August 24Harvested beans, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, plums, apples and tomatoes in NR.
August 22Harvested cantaloupe and watermelon, beets, corn, carrots, celery in OG. Weeded.
August 21Harvested cantaloupe and watermelon, cucumbers, beets, corn, eggplant, peppers in OG. Moved 2 yards of mushroom soil to OG.
August 19Harvested potatoes (38 lbs), tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, string beans, a few plums and a couple apples. Sprayed a tiny bit of copper soap. Froze roasted squash, watermelon, string beans.
August 18Cleanup/weeded at OG. Froze melons.
August 17Cleanup/weeded at OG. Harvested basil, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower. Froze watermelon and corn. Harvested cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, basil, and cabbage in NR. Started a 10L crock of sauerkraut.
August 16Harvested 3 plums (not ripe yet). Froze melons.
August 15Harvested melons, tomatoes, corn, squash and cucumbers. (included a 22.8 watermelon and 8.5 cabanzza melon) Froze melons.
August 14Harvested broccoli in NR. Froze broccoli. Harvested string beans. Froze string beans.
August 13Harvested blueberries, beets and broccoli in NR.
August 12Harvested cucumbers, summer squash, string beans, onions in NR. Trimmed siberian garlic. Froze string beans and squash.
August 9Harvested melons, tomatoes, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and squash at OG. Froze cherry tomatoes.
August 8Weeded at OG sprayed copper soap & BT. Harvested corn. Froze corn (~80 ears harvested so far)
August 7Harvested 3 melons, tomatoes, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and squash at OG.
August 6Harvested blueberries, raspberries, in NR. Froze basil. Harvested tomatoes at H.
August 5Harvested string beans, basil, tomatoes, summer squash in NR. Cleaned garlic. Canned 5 qts of tomatoes. Froze string beans, broccoli and cauliflower.
August 4Harvested cucumbers in NR. Planted sugar snap peas. Started Sauerkraut in 5L and 10L crocks. Added 1.5c Maple syrup to 5L crock of pickled cucumbers. Canned 5 (1.5 pt) & 4 pts of pickles. Canned 7 qts of tomatoes.
August 3Harvested cucumbers, string beans, blueberries, peas, raspberries, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in NR. Froze grilled squash, squash, string beans, and corn. Gave away cucumbers and squash.
August 2Harvested corn, cabbage, cherry tomatoes, peppers, eggplant in OG. Put down fabric on old starwberry beds. Harvest green peaches at H (trying to keep something from the squirrels).
August 1Weeded at OG. Harvested onions. Planted lettuce and 2 beds of spinach. Harvested tomatoes. Canned tomatoes.
July 31Weeded at OG. Harvested tomatoes, corn and thyme. Canned tomatoes.
July 30Weeded at OG. Harvested tomatoes and picked off diseased leaves. Harvested squash and cucumbers.
July 29Weeded at OG. Harvested tomatoes and picked off diseased leaves. Canned tomatoes.
July 28Sprayed Bee Safe 3-1 at OG. Harvested tomato, minipeppers, thyme and corn.
July 27Sprayed BT in NR. Harvested cherry tomatoes. Planted lettuce and spinach. Rearranged curing garlic. Harvested tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash at OG.
July 26Canned tomatoes. Harvested raspberries, summer squash, broccoli, and cucumbers in NR.
July 25Harvested raspberries, blueberries in NR. tomatoes at H and OG. Transplanted painted daisies. Froze cherry tomatoes, roasted squash & eggplant.
July 24Harvested tomatoes at H and OG. Eggplants and a unripe melon at OG. Dug up painted daisies. Canned tomatoes.
July 23Harvested cucumbers, summer squash, cherry tomatoes and blueberries in NR. Watered. Harvested peppers, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and summmer squash in OG.
July 22Harvested cucumbers in NR. Watered. Planted beets and spinach. Cut out old raspberry canes. Froze cherry tomatoes.
July 21Harvested summer squash, cherry tomatoes, blueberries in NR. Planted replacement trees: apricot, intrepid and contentor peaches. Watered. Curing garlic remixed. Started crock of sliced cucumbers to ferment.
July 20Harvested cucumbers, summer squash, mini-peppers, eggplants and first substantial tomato harvest in OG. Sprayed BT. Transplanted last 6 cauliflower plants. Cut out old raspberry canes.
July 19Harvested kale, cucumbers, basil, thyme in OG. Sprayed BT. Transplanted broccoli and cauliflower plants. Squirrels caught in blueberry cover at H. Froze kale.
July 18Harvested cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and a few berries in OG.
July 17Harvested cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries and summer squash in NR. Harvested germain red (68) and siberian (42) garlic.
July 16Harvested cherry tomatoes and summer squash i NR. Watered and weeded and mulched. Updated landscape fabric by Honeycrisp apple and cherries.
July 15Harvested kale. Sprayed BT. Watered and weeded and mulched. Dug up dead PF24C peach and last russian almond.
July 14Picked bugs in NR. Harvested Bogatyr (75), Music (22) and Metechi (58) garlic in NR. Also squash, raspberries, peas, currents and blueberries. Froze currnts. Watered. Dug up dead contender peach.
July 13Harvested tomatoes, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, raspberries at OG. Blueberries and tomatoes at H.
July 12Watered at OG. Harvested squash, tomatoes, cucumbers at OG.
July 11Watered at OG.
July 10Watered and weeded in NR. Harvested a few berries. Picked bugs. Harvested cucumbers, squash, raspberries, eggplant, tomatoes, and a few peas in OG.
July 9Harvested summer squash, peas, cauliflower, currents, blueberries and strawberries in NR. Picked bugs. Watered.
July 8Harvested and froze blueberries at H. Picked a few berries and cherries in NR.
July 7Harvested raspberries, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, summer squash, a cucumber and basil at OG. Weeded. Mulched and weeded at H.
July 6Picked bugs in NR (not many) and harvested peas.
July 5Weeded and pruned in OG. Removed one cherry tree. Harvested red cabbage, raspberries and red minipepper and a few peas.
July 4Weeded and pruned in OG. Harvested first cucumber, summer squash, and red minipepper and a few cherry tomatoes.
July 3Weeded at home and harvested blueberries. Froze raspberries.
July 2Harvested raspberries, a couple eggplant, a few cherry tomatoes and snap peas in OG. Weeded and pruned.
July 1Weeded in NR, picked bugs, spread multch. Harvested 11 heads of broccoli and froze them. Hot wave expected for several more days.
June 30Weeded in NR, picked bugs, cut garlic scapes. Noted contender peach tree is dead but cranberries are blooming. It's hot!. Harvested one head of broccoli.
June 29Weeded and watered in NR, harvested misc berries. Sprayed pyrethrin.
June 28Weeded at OG. Harvested kale, raspberries, swiss chard, a graffiti cauliflower, a cherry tomato and tomato at OG. Sprayed pyrethrin due to grasshoppers and new cole worms. Froze raspberries and kale.
June 27Harvested a few cherry tomatoes at OG. Weeded and mulched. Thinned fall cole seedlings.
June 26Harvested raspberries, snap peas, and a few cherry tomatoes at OG. Watering trees at home.
June 24Harvested raspberries, snap peas, and a few cherry tomatoes at OG.
June 23Harvested strawberries in NR; froze some. Drying rosemary and basil at H. Weeded at OG.
June 22Harvested strawberries, cherries, raspberries, peas, basil and cherry tomatoes at OG. Froze raspberries. Harvested and froze kale in NR. Picked pests and watered.
June 21Harvested first blueberries at H. Harvested strawberries and garlic scapes in NR. Picked pests. Watered. Froze strawberries.
June 20Harvested raspberries, strawberries, peas and a few cherry tomatoes at OG. Sprayed neem on pumpkin and summer squash at OG and almond and peach at H. First sungold tomatoes at H.
June 19Weeded at OG. harvested kale and swiss chard. Froze strawberries.
June 18Harvested strawberries, peas and first indigo tomatoes & raspberries at OG. Watered.
June 17Harvested strawberries and asparagus. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples. Picked pests. Cut garlic scapes. Froze strawberries.
June 16Harvested kale. Weeded, watered & mulched. Picked pests. Thinned apples and plums. Cut out tent caterpillers. Put down landscape fabric in barn garden.
June 15Harvested asparagus and strawberries. Weeded, watered & mulched. transplanted basil and parsley. Planted beets, pinto and white beans. Picked pests. Froze strawberries.
June 14Watered new asparagus crowns et al. Weeded & mulched. Replaced some landscape fabric. Hand pucked rose chafers and potato beetles. 2011 Garden Blog]
June 13Harvested strawberries, snap peas, and swiss chard in OG. Planted asparagus crowns in NR.
June 12Weeded at H. Transplanted parsley. Pruned tomatoes, grapes and raspberries at OG. Harvested radishes. Froze basil.
June 11Sprayed nematodes at H. Thinned and OFM trimmed peaches. Sprayed BT at OG. Harvested kale, strawberries and basil. Planted dry pole beans in 3 sister portion. Weeded & mulched. Started fall cole crops (3 ea), caulifower (graffiti, snow, panther, flame, broccoli: Green magic, arcadia.
June 10Harvested asparagus in NR. Hand picked potato beetles. Watered. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples, BT on cole crops.
June 9Harvested kale, rhubarb, asparagus and a couple strawberries in NR. Mulched & weeded. Froze rhubarb, kale and asparagus. Hand picked potato beetles.
June 8Transplanted late broccoli and cauliflower in NR. Put down landscape fabric. Tended blueberries cuttings. Harvested a bit of kale and first NR strawberry. Harvested strawberries in OG.
June 7Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Planted a row of carrots and beets.
June 6Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Filled in corn. Moved some summer squash.
June 5Harvested spainach, kale and strawberries in OG. Watered, weeded, mulched. Froze kale, spinach and strawberries.
June 4Weeded and watered in OG
June 3Harvested asparagus in NR. Harvested ~9 pints of strawberries in OG and transplanted sweet potatoes. Thinned peaches and trimmed OFM damaged branches.
June 2Harvested asparagus in NR.
June 1Harvested asparagus in NR. Sprayed nematodes. Weeded, chipped and mulched. Harvested 9 pints of strawberries in OG.
May 31Harvested asparagus in NR. Transplanted cucumbers and melons. Started cuttings from NR blueberries. Put down landscape fabric for apple tree bench and old blackberry bed. Planted Kakai pumpkins.
May 30Harvested asparagus and kale in NR and 6.5 pints of strawberries at OG. Garden cleanup in NR.
May 29Harvested spinach, kale, lettuce, strawberries in OG. Prepared 3 beds and put up cucumber trellises. Started SFP blueberry cuttings.
May 28Harvested spinach and cilantro at H. Started basil for NR. Took rosemary cuttings.
May 27Harvested spinach and asparagus in NR. Planted summer squash, cinnamon pumpkins, black beans and kidney beans. Weeded and watered.
May 26Harvested asparagus in NR. Transplanted tomatoes. Planted pole beans. Weeded. Put up fencing. First attempt at removing blackberries.
May 25Put down landscape fabric at OG. Harvested spinach, kale and rhubarb. Froze rhubarb.
May 24Took up landscape fabric at OG and put some down.
May 23Took up landscape fabric under tomatoes at OG.
May 21Prepared bed at OG and planted summer squash. Harvested oregano. Put up more tomato cages at OG. Froze spinach. Drying basil and oregano
May 20Prepared beds at OG. Redirevted grape branches blown off the trellises. Planted 10 beds of sweet corn. Harvested spinach (4.5 gal bags), kale, basil, beet greens from thinning, and basil. Weeded a bit too. Put up more tomato cages at OG and H.
May 19Planted thyme at H.
May 18Harvested asparagus. Planted Adirondack Red, Lehigh and Superior potatoes in NR
May 17Froze spinach and asparagus. Hardening off tomatoes for NR.
May 16Planted Molly Magic, Salem, Adirondack Red, Rose Apple Finn, and Yellow Russian banana potatoes in NR Harvested 4 beds of overwintered spinach (9 gal bags).
May 15Transplanted painted daisy, marigold and lavender into bed by house in NR. Transpalnted 2 trays of cole crops. Harvested a bit more asparagus. Planted Red Maria potatoes.
May 14Flame weeded at OG. Dug up painted daisies and washed roots bare. Harvested asparagus in NR and cut seed potato.
May 13Transplanted cucumbers, cantelope and wateremlon. Started fall caulifower: grafitti (6), flame (6) and broccoli: green mountain (6) and acadia (6).
May 12Transplanted thyme, margoram, chamomile, basil, eggplants and peppers. Weeded and broadforked 2 beds.
May 11Finished preparing 4 beds and began covering them with landscape fabric.
May 10Weeded in OG and broad forked 3 beds.
May 9Weeded in OG and broad forked a bed. Put out eggplant, spices for OG and cole crops NR out for hardening off.
May 8Transplanted 4 trays of tomatoes, 2 trays of cole crops and celery at OG. Started cucumbers (9), melons (10), and watermelon (6) seedlings for NR.
May 7Harvested asparagus in NR.
May 6Putting down landscape fabric around reliance peach in NR. Planted lettuce, beets and swiss chard. Harvested spinach in OG and NR.
May 5Planted potatoes and 3 trays of cole seedlings.
May 4Putting down landscape paths in NR. Preparing beds. Transplanted 2 trays of onion seedlings.
May 3Weeded at OG. Watered later. Watered desperate plants at H. Cut seed potato for NR.
May 2Watered at OG.
May 1Repotted peppers for OG. Finished cutting 1 ft piece off weed barrier. Hardening off remaining OG tomatoes and celery.
April 30Planted 4 tomatoes at H and 12 at OG. Brought eggplants back inside.
April 29Garden cleanup in OG. Harvested spinach.
April 28Bit of garden cleanup in NR. Transplanted a tray of cole crops in OG in gusty wind. Put up a makeshift windscreen.
April 27Transplanted 2 trays of onions in NR. Planted peas. Moved 4 blueberry sprouts. Moved Rhubarb. Thinned and transplanted strawberries. Dug up 3 honeyberries and 3 currants. Starting chitting the seed potatoes.
April 26Began hardening off more cole for NR. Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Noted peas, lettuce, beets are starting to come up.
April 24Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Began hardening off broccoli and cauliflower for NR.
April 23Began hardening off kale and cabbage. Started cantelope (15) watermelon (9) and cucumber (9) for OG.
April 22Repotted early tomatoes. Began hardening off early tomatoes and eggplant.
April 21Transplanted 3 trays of onions in OG. Weeded and watered. Harvested spinach.
April 20Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted rosemary.
April 19Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted a few herbs.
April 18Repotted early tomatoes for Valhalla. Thinned 2 trays of cole crops for NR.
April 16Repotted tray of early tomatoes.
April 15Planted 2 rows of swiss chard at OG. Thinned 3 trays of NR cole crops.
April 14Planted 2 rows of carrots at OG.
April 13Uncovered spinach, garlic and crannebrries in NR. Put Praying mantis egg cases in NR. Sprayed Neem on fruit trees at H and cane berries in OG. Planted a row of beets at OG.
April 12Took markers to OG.
April 11Repottted last seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Planted peas, lettuce and radishes in OG.
April 10Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Finished preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG. Thinned onions for NR.
April 9Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Worked on preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG.
April 8Repottted 2 seedling trays of cole crops stunted by bad soil. Harvested spinach at OG and dug up old lovage plants.
April 6Put up bean trellises in NR. Garden cleanup. Froze garlic.
April 5Built compost bin in NR.
April 4Started for OG: basil (18), purple basil (6) and H: thyme (12). Reseeded parsley starts. Thinned and divided tomatoes.
April 2Started cole crops for NR, BS red ball (6), LI, (6), Catskill (6), cabbage: bruns (15), red (9), kale: siberian (6) starbor (6).
April 1Cut off old asparagus plants in NR. Thinned and transplanted strawberries.
March 30Transplanted small number of spinach plants at H. Started broccoli GM (18) and cauliflower: flame (6), graffiti (6) Snow (6) for NR.
March 28Moved blueberry sprigs to potting soil (no roots in sight). Set sweet potato root in water. Thinned early tomatoes. Prepared bed in OG. Transplanted spinach and filled in spinach in OG.
March 24Canned and froze the last 2017 potatoes!
March 23Canned potatoes.
March 22Started onions for NR: AC (72). Thinned cole seedlings.
March 21Started onions for NR: Red (72).
March 19Started eggplat for OG: Galine (12). Moved spinach to hardening box.
March 18Started Tomatoes for OG: SH (18) Mountain Magic (6) and Lunchbox peppers: Red (5) Yellow (4)
March 16Froze onions.
March 15Froze lots of potatoes.
March 14Froze lots of potatoes.
March 11Cleanup at OG & mapped beds. Harvested a bit of over wintered spinach. Started OG cherry tomatoes: sungold (3), indigo (3) yellow (3) chocolate (1) white (1) tomatoberry (1), sweet 100 (2) baby boomer (1) and tomatoes: defiance (6).
March 7Started celery (6), marjorim (6), chamomile(6), lavender (12), cumin (12), and marigold (12) for OG.
March 6Cleanup in OG.
March 5Started for OG: Brussel sprouts Red Ball (6) and Long Island (6) Celery (6)
March 4Thinned onions and spinach. Started for OG: Cauliflower Flame (6) and Graffiti (6) Red cabbage (6) Green cabbage (6) kale Siberian (6) and Starbor (6).
February 28Took pea trellises to OG. Cleanup and overwintered spinach transplanting to two beds.
February 27Froze 2Bkd potatoes.
February 26Sprayed Neemin OG and H. Froze 2Bkd potatoes.
February 24Set out Praying Mantis egg cases in OG (9) and H (5).
February 21Weeded in OG. Set up hardening off box at H.
February 17Thinned strawberrries in OG.
February 16Started GN spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter. Started onions for OG: AC (72), Red (36).
February 15Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Started Goliath spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter.
February 14Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Froze twice baked potatoes.
February 13Fertilized perenials at H.
February 1Pruned trees and blueberries at H and grapes at OG
January 27Froze potatoes. Pruned in NR
January 26Froze potatoes and pruned in NR. Fertilized most perenials (forgot the asparagus).
January 24Pruned and garden cleanup at OG.
January 20Froze potatoes. Pruned large fruit trees and sprayed neem in NR.
January 19Froze potatoes and garlic.