Weekly Garden Update: 7/31

Basket of Tomatoes

Yesterday we harvested basil, then made lots of pesto, dished it into muffin tins, froze it, and then bagged it for future use.  We harvested over 15 lbs of tomatoes on just one day this week (and have been harvesting tomatoes every other day in quantity), and I’ve made tomato sauce twice.  Also I made pepper & tomatillo relish using purple cabbage, so it’s this odd magenta color.

Basket of Basil

We’ve had a huge harvest of italian relleno, anaheim, cayenne, and jalapeno peppers.  Also we got cucumbers, haricot vert, cherry bomb peppers, bell peppers, and eggplant.

We did another major celery harvest, blanched it, and froze it.

Basket of Celery


March of the Tomatoes

Bits & Pieces

Yes, we have more tomatoes

Peppers, etc.

The squash vine borers got two of the three new acorn squash.  It is disappointing as one already had an immature acorn squash.  We sprayed the remaining squash, melons, and cucumbers with a kaolin clay slurry.

After talking with one of our local organic farmers about some of our squash problems this year (including the dreadful stink bug fight), we have determined that we need to use more kaolin clay as a solution.  Everything the stink bugs like the most is sprayable with this.  One farmer told us they dip all of their squash transplants into a bucket of kaolin clay slurry when they are putting them in the ground (roots, leaves, stems, the whole plant).

All of the winter squash fruits that we have are long island cheese squash which we got seeds for from Mimi.  We had thought that there was a lakota or two in there, but taking the time to run the vines back to the source showed otherwise.

We also removed several cucumber vines, a couple of charentais melon vines, and a butternut squash vine.  We’re not having much success this year with these crops.

The butter beans and the crowder peas are blooming, and there are small ones on vines.  And we now have 6 (SIX!) foot tall pepper plants.  The tabasco, serrano, and el chaco peppers are coming along nicely.

Lastly, here are some black-eyed susans in bloom, followed by general garden pictures:

Black-eyed Susans

The Garden Aisle


Serranos on the Vine

Butter Beans in Bloom

Hot Peppers

Stumps of the Celery Forest


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12 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 7/31”

  1. Bee Girl Says:

    Holy tomatoes!!! How many pounds, in total, did you harvest just in tomatoes?!? Your peppers are quite fantastic, too! I really need to plant more peppers next year!

  2. Barbie Says:

    Hmmm.. white tomatoes or tomatillos? Either way VERY impressive. Most impressive is the WALLS of peeper trees! WOW

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Those are tomatillos that got only to the yellow stage of ripeness before falling off the vine (probably due to the extreme heat we’ve been having). Our research tells us we can use them as we would a fully green tomatillo, so that’s what we’ve been doing.

  3. Robin Says:

    It’s definitely that time of year when the harvests are getting big! It’s been a tough year for everyone. I can just see the humidity in your garden pictures.

  4. Hanni @ Sweet Bean Gardening Says:

    I will not be jealous of your tomatoes.
    I will not be jealous of your tomatoes.
    I will not be jealous of your tomatoes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Yummy! And six foot tall peppers? Holy smokes!

  5. Daphne Says:

    Very nice harvest. I’d say you have your work cut out for you canning those tomatoes. I did one batch of tomato canning this morning. I’ll do more later this week I’m sure.

  6. Diana Says:

    My jaw drop!!! oh wow I can’t find the perfect word to describe your pepper and tomato harvest. So gorgeous.

  7. Sherry Says:

    Wow~ nice tomato and pepper harvest!!

    Sorry about the problems with your squash/cucumber/melon vines. But, your six foot pepper plants are really impressive! I have never had any pepper plants anywhere near that!

  8. kitsapFG Says:

    You may be having an off year with the squash and melons – but my oh my you are having a great year for tomatoes and peppers! I am seriously Jonesing for those tomatoes. We are getting ones and twosies of them now and I feel grateful for that … but it would sure be nice to be swimming in beauties like yours for a change! ;D

  9. sitizuza Says:

    nice garden and great harvest.. if u dont mind, what kind of basil is that? im malaysian, and i think i had ate same kind of basil here. taste so good.

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