Weekly Garden Update: 5/29

Summer Squash


Well, we harvested the very last of the kale, mustard, and carrots.  And along the way we canned 5 pints of carrots the same way we do the green beans, which is by pouring boiling water over them in the jars along with a tablespoon of vinegar, then sealing them.

Last of the Greens



More Squash



More Peas

Other harvests include several summer squash, a cabbage, a little broccoli, 3 beets, and lots (lots) of snow and sugar snap peas.

We appear to have some vole activity.  We immediately put out wrigley’s chewing gum and some of the warfarin and haven’t seen any new hole activity in several days, but we’re watching.

More peppers got planted.  Also we planted the eggplants, and covered them with a row cover in the hopes they will get more established before the inevitable flea beetle damage.


Garden 2

Garden 3

Two of our acorn squash died for no apparent reason.  We had the same problems last year as well.  These plants had a lot of promise though as they each had several small squashes coming.  The problem does not seem to be the bugs or any kind of mildew and frankly we’re at a loss.  We’re “squashing” stink bugs, their eggs, and any remaining cucumber beetles we find.



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7 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 5/29”

  1. kitsapFG Says:

    All your squash have such a nice glossy exterior! The garden is really getting very lush already. I keep forgetting you are in a warmer locale than us and as a result several weeks ahead of where our garden is at currently.

  2. Robin Says:

    Very nice harvests this week. That’s an interesting way to can carrots. I have never canned any of my carrots.

    Too bad about your squash plants. I had SVB’s here at the house last year and they got each and every one of my plants!

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Just to be clear, “sealing” the jar means pressure canning, not just pouring boiling water over them, adding a bit of vinegar, and screwing on the cap. We don’t want anyone to die from canning something incorrectly 🙂

  3. Allison @ Novice Life Says:

    Wow – everything looks great! Your carrots looks so nice!!

  4. Lori Says:

    Nice harvest! Your garden looks great. So lush and green. Too bad about your acorn squash. Pretty tough to fight something when you don’t know what it is! Good luck. Hopefully you won’t lose any more plants.

  5. Mike Says:

    Sounds like the vine borer if they looked healthy then died suddenly. If you still have the stems you can cut slit them near the base with a knife. It only takes one caterpillar to kill a plant. This year I’m going to try row cover and spray the base twice a week with Bt (it’s a moth that does this). At least the butternuts are impervious to the SVB.

  6. Daphne Says:

    Those peas look so good. I can’t wait for my peas to start. I’m hoping for the first harvest this week since they are starting to bloom now.

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