2 September Weekly Update

From the Garden

This week we picked:

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2 types of cowpeas and some butter beans.

Lettuce!  from the porch box – we consider August lettuce to be a real accomplishment

Hot and sweet peppers:  bell, jalapeno, habanero, cherry bomb, cayenne, serano

A few tomatoes (season nearly over)

2 small volunteer carrots that were crazy enough to grow in the summer

Green beans (another 4-5 pints worth)

2 barely ripe watermelons and 1 small charentais melon that detached from its mostly dead vine

3 small charentais melons (picked when we removed the dead vines)

a small eggplant (that was quite tasty)

3 more cucumbers from the round 2 vines

Lettuces

Shelled Peas

Cornucopia

Blanching and Drying for Freezing

The “worm farm”. Yes, we harvested the worm farm for worm casting compost. It’s probably been about a year since we last did this. It’s not exactly a pleasant task since we have to move the rotting stuff to get down far enough to get stuff. We got 7 5-gallon buckets of compost, which is great! Then we spread it amongst various boxes.

Everything including the various fruit trees got a good spray of fish emulsion. We went lightly on the legumes since we’ve read that spraying too much will just stimulate foliage rather than fruiting the legumes.

By Tuesday afternoon we had pretty decent germination of radishes we planted last weekend in two porch containers.

Radish Box

One of the 3 watermelons turned out to be rotten when we touched it. So we harvested the other two, and they yielded 2 decent servings of a very tasty melon. The charentais melon vines are also dying, but the melons are really too small overall. The biggest one however smelled great, so we cut it open.  Mostly seeds and stuff, but we got 4 bites of nice melon. We certainly have a lot to learn about successfully growing melons.

Melons

Open Melons

 

Other than the 3 long island cheese squash (which we roasted and then froze this week), our winter squash plants aren’t doing any much better than the melons. We may or may not just rip them all up this weekend. Some got removed already, but with no fruit forming it’s probably moot that we haven’t pulled them all up.

The eggplants have just been a big failure this year. We’ll definitely go back to covering up the box they’re in next year.

Of course the successes still outweigh the failures. The field peas, peppers, and green beans have been great – putting them up for winter is a multi-day process every week.  Last night we sat and watched TV and shelled peas and strung green beans.  The butter beans are flush with their next round of flowers. The round 2 summer squash have a gaggle of female flowers, and the cucumbers are actually being productive, which is a nice surprise. For a month now we’ve been getting a few raspberries every week – we can only hope that the production levels are this high next year when the stalks have much more growth. The fall broccoli and cauliflower and some of the cabbages grew a lot in the past week. But caterpillars remain a problem on them despite spraying BT last week. So on Saturday she donned gloves and went around and squished caterpillars and sprayed *again*. We’ve been hardening off our fall lettuce starts in the basement this week, and will plant them out tomorrow. It’s Labor Day, so temperatures will be cooler then – right?  Right?

We need rain.  The barrels are way down, nearly empty. Deer are starting to expand their predations in the neighborhood as plants lose their moisture (this is a regular pattern).

Canned Goods

One more picking

 

 

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7 Responses to “2 September Weekly Update”

  1. kitsapfg Says:

    Melons can be a tricky thing to grow. I don’t even try anymore at my current location, but when I lived in the much hotter dryer part of the state (central Washington) I used to grow them very successfully. I think the key element there was that the soil was on the alkaline side and sandy and I just watered frequently and fed them periodically. The combination of long hot sunny days and regular deep drinks with good draining soil seemed to make them very happy. Now I cannot grow them for the life of me as our location is cloudy too much, cool too often, and has soil that is far less sandy.

    Your many varieties of beans and peppers are doing wonderfully. I like to trim and snap beans etc while watching TV or a movie too. In fact, I am uncomfortable just watching something without having my hands busy so I look forward to an excuse to sit down and watch tv when I have beans or peas etc to prepare for processing to freeze or can!

  2. Norma Chang Says:

    You sure had a great harvest week. I used to plant melon and was successful but the animals always get to the ready-to-harvest ones before I did so I gave up.

  3. crafty_cristy Says:

    Your peas and beans look wonderful. And I love those canned goods. I’m in an “In-between” spot right now, and am only harvesting okra. Maybe in a few weeks.

  4. Robin Says:

    It looks like your garden is still producing quite well for you. I also find melons hit and miss. Sometimes they are great and sometimes, not so much. I am having a great eggplant year and really really low production with the peppers. Every year is definitely different when it comes to the garden!

  5. maryhysong Says:

    My melon season hasn’t been the best either; one really awesome one, then two that split and rotted while still green. Watermelons that are barely the size of tennis ball….maybe next year they will do as good as the squash has this year.

  6. Sustainably Modern Says:

    Awesome harvest. My melons looked like yours. They were planted for over 100 days and the stems were dry. This was our first year, so we considered it a trial. Hopefully next year will be better.

  7. leduesorelle Says:

    Wonderful harvest, I’m especially enamored of the shelled beans!

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