July 3 – Weekly Garden Update

Standing on the porch and looking down at the garden I feel like Carl Sagan contemplating the “billions and billions”.

The harvest this week isn’t so much (yeah, right), just:

Chopped & Blanched Celery

Celery Close-up

Celery (20 heads or thereabouts)

Onion Harvest & Curing

Onions

New potatoes

New potatoes

Assorted harvest

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, okra, beets, dill, haricots vert, and oodles of fresh basil

Dill 2

Haricots Vert

Squash, cucumber, and tomato

Dutch half-runner beans, odd cucumber

celery & leaves

Dill

The onions were the second and last box.  The celery was only ½ of one box of them.  We washed, chopped, blanched, and froze them, also about half of the celery leaves which we use for making stocks.

Celery bed after the "thinning"

Celery Stump

Celery Harvest in progress

The wilt problems with the squash continue, another plant got yanked and trashed.  Other summer squash seem to be in a bit of a lull, but we have noticed some female flowers starting.

Winter squash

Winter Squash 2

Squash Boxes

Winter squash 3

We harvested the first two old dutch half-runner beans.  I suspect in a couple of weeks we’ll be inundated in them as well.  I also canned 7 more pints of haricots vert this week.

Peppers:  cayenne, jalapeno, bell, Anaheim, cherry bomb, Tabasco, Italian relleno and more are growing in leaps and bounds everywhere.

Thai Hot Peppers

A cayenne

Peppers

More peppers

Yes, more peppers

Eggplant!

We have eggplants coming along that will probably be harvestable in another week.

Tomatoes

The GREEN color of the garden is particularly intense this week.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend!  And now your patriotic quotes for the year:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.” ~ Samuel Adams

Musical link:  Peter Tosh

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7 Responses to “July 3 – Weekly Garden Update”

  1. Prairie Cat Says:

    Your garden looks like it is doing fantastic!

    And peppers already? Man you are lucky. My itty bitty 5 inch plants keep trying to produce flowers for me… they really want to make me happy it seems. If only they knew that they are just committing suicide. I tell them this every time I go out to pluck the flowers off, but they just do not understand.

    What type of eggplant are you growing?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Prairie Cat – do you realize that the pepper flowers become peppers? If you want peppers, don’t pluck the flowers off. And peppers take a long time to start producing – generally at least two months from the time you plant them until you get your first actual pepper. Some take even longer…

      We’re growing Black Beauty and Long Purple eggplant this year.

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    Gosh, I really don’t even know where to begin commenting – what a great harvest you had this week! The onions and celery were the real stars this week though. My onion harvest is going to be a bit puny this year (not enough sunshine when the plants needed it most due to our unusually cold and gloomy spring). I have some bunching onions and overwintered onions I am planting though to help augment the pitiful storage onion harvest I am expecting. Yours on the other hand, looks marvelous! What a nice haul. Your celery also looks particularly abundant. It’s been a good celery year for us too. Your garden is really growing well and producing alot for you. Well done!

  3. The Sage Butterfly Says:

    Your garden looks so lush and full of yummy treasures! I enjoyed hearing about your harvest, and I really liked the quotes at the end. Happy 4th!

  4. Daphne Says:

    What a great harvest. I have five celery plants. You grow so much. I think five will be fine for me though. I hope so.

  5. thyme2garden Says:

    My head is spinning just trying to take it all in, you have such a great variety of harvest and soon-to-be harvested veggies here! I’m envious of all your peppers growing so well. My homegrown pepper transplants are struggling so much in the garden right now, I don’t know if the plants will grow big enough to bear any fruit this season.

  6. meemsnyc Says:

    Our celery from the seeds you gave us are way behind yours. They are just starting to take off now. I can’t wait until we are harvesting stalks like yours!

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