July 24th Weekly Garden Update

Tomatillos

Despite “midsummer’s eve” being listed as June 21st, mid-summer is the end of July or the first week of August around here.  It has been hot, humid, and mostly rainless lately.  We had less than ¼ inch of rain at the end of the week, which was great, but we’ve had to water 2 out of the past 3 weeks, and the plants are wishing for the plant versions of a fan and an iced-cold lemonade “under de villow trees”…

And all that means that it must be time for planting fall crops!  Yes indeedy, all the farmers around here are seeding fall crops.  On July 17th, we started (in the basement under lights) Celery, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli (di cicco), broccoli (calabrese), cauliflower (2 types), broccoli raab, swiss chard, kale (2 types), mustard, and more cucumbers (though honestly this has been a terrible year for cucumbers and we really don’t expect much).  We also started cilantro and 2 types of supposedly heat resistant lettuce in containers on the front porch, which is out of the direct sun.

HARVEST:

Eggplants (4 black beauty and long purple), tomatillos, tomatoes galore (on 3 different days, and I put up lots of tomato sauce), cucumbers, haricot vert (!these little guys just keep on coming this year, what a bumper crop! Canned more of them too!); cherry bomb, Anaheim, Italian relleno, cayenne, and jalapeno peppers; okra, parsley, dill, and one lonely immature acorn squash.

Buckets of Tomatoes

Harvest Assortment

Acorn Squash

One of the several Haricots Vert harvests

Yet more tomatoes

Harvest assortment again

As mentioned above, it just isn’t a good cucumber year for us.  Plants are slow growing, low producing, and withering on the trellis.  We have a 3rd round of them coming up.  On the other hand, this is the best pepper crop we’ve grown yet, and we have over 100 pepper plants.  After I’m done making pepper relish, hot pepper jelly, pickled peppers, dried peppers, chili powders, and pepper vinegars I’ll think about selling extra peppers to some local restaurants.

During this heat wave (“burnin’ in my mind”), several tomatillos have fallen to the ground.   We scrounged them, did some research, and are pleased to learn that we’ll be able to ripen and process them “off the vine” just fine.  Now I have to learn how to use them better.  Any tips, recipes, advice?

Celery

We’re about to do the next wave of celery harvesting, and it looks like we’ll have extra of that as well.  We don’t understand why more farmers in this area don’t grow celery.  Of course, home grown heirloom celery (tendercrisp this year) doesn’t look or taste like that waterlogged pale stuff you get in the supermarket.  These celery plants are dark green and full of intense flavor and smaller than the supermarket type.  So maybe it’s a marketing problem, but given that the celery we grow is just full of flavor and even the leaves are great for stocks and other cooking, we believe that there should be some demand for it.

Habaneros

Cherry Bomb

Eggplants

Bells

tomato plants

Field Peas

Tomatoes

Volunteer Squash

Peppers!

thai Hots

Cayennes

New Acorn Plant

Side Garden

Have a great week!

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6 Responses to “July 24th Weekly Garden Update”

  1. meemsnyc Says:

    Oh wow, color me jealous! Your garden looks just amazing! Everything is growing so large and beautiful! Congrats on such an amazing harvest. Our cucumbers are just coming in now. Zucchini squash has been struggling to produce. Hopefully we’ll get more soon. I haven’t harvested any celery yet, but they look pretty amazing.

  2. Allison @ Novice Life Says:

    Wow look at all those ‘maters! I am so jealous! And that celery patch!! Awesome!

  3. Diana Says:

    Your garden very prolific. Very inspiring. I like to see that many peppers dangling on the plant. Beautiful Bountiful harvest.

  4. Bee Girl Says:

    Gorgeous harvest! I am completely jealous of your buckets of tomatoes!!!

  5. kitsapfg Says:

    Totally jealous of your tomatoes and peppers. Such an abundance of both!

  6. Daphne Says:

    Everything looks just beautiful. My cukes really slowed down in the heat, but now that it is cooler, they are taking off. I just wish they would climb the trellis I made them. All they want to do is go horizontally.

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