May 20 Weekly Garden Update

Flower of the week: Potato

Potato Flower

Harvests:

Peas — snow, sugar snap, and english. Black Peppermint.  Herbs!  Dill, rosemary, sage, tarragon, oregano. The last of the garlic scapes. Broccoli, 3 baby yellow squash, 4 potatoes from a volunteer plant that had to be removed for beans.

Dill, rosemary, sage, tarragon

Oregano

Peas plus

Volunteer new potatoes

Squash, peas, broccoli

Mint & Peas

This week we took care of some of the more mundane tasks of garden aisle cleanup – we mowed the aisle. We hate having to mow inside the garden space, but the old mulch is fading away and we’re getting more growth there all the time.  Eventually we hope the creeping thyme will cover everything, but we’re considering another round of mulch. We just have to figure out what kind of stuff we want to put down – more hardwood mulch, some pine bark mulch, or what….

Garden

One broccoli plant was *covered* with some aphid type of pest, and we removed it entirely as the easiest solution. It’s interesting that the 3 other broccoli plants in the same box appear to be unaffected. And it was gonna produce some more too, bummer.  The baby squash we’re harvesting aren’t …quite right. We’re not sure if it’s a pollination problem or if we’re growing mutant squash.

Squash plants

The eggplant look stressed from the onslaught of the flea beetles, and Neem doesn’t seem to be deterring them much. We may have to research other avenues of flea beetle deterrents.

The sugar snap peas are starting to get powdery mildew so I sparyed them with neem as well to hopefully slow down their imminent demise. It’s getting kind of warm for peas anyway.

Peas

Two of the cauliflower plants we planted out this spring are starting to form heads! For us this is a big deal, we were surprised when we parted the leaves to take a look!  Then we go to the farmer’s market and a farm down the road from us has got cauliflower bigger than my head – lots of them.  I’m really starting to think that we’ll have to switch to hybrids to grow it here.

We have not seen one stink bug – but when we were checking squash plants we found a cluster of eggs under one leaf. We’ll be checking daily to remove them (found more the next day).

We removed some yellowing lower stems on the tomatoes, which are all growing well. We train them on the trellis (dance, tomatoes, dance!) every 2 or 3 days. We started hardening off the largest melon plants, and hope to plant them this upcoming week.

Garden 2

Garlic

Sage Plant

Raspberry Cane

Looks like an ordinary brier…

Growing!

More growing!

Asparagus Ferns

Beets

Broccoli growing in situ

Lettuces growing

 

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8 Responses to “May 20 Weekly Garden Update”

  1. kitsapfg Says:

    Everything really looks like it is doing very well. Youa re ahead of us by about three or four weeks on most things from the looks of it. Jealous fo those peas! What is exactly is not right with the squash? Just not sizing up or is there some other issue? Just curious!

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      They’re not sizing up well and they’re “ribbed” length-wise. These were the same packet of seeds that we’ve planted the last couple of years and the prior squash were much smoother. So it makes me think the “ribbing” is due to pollination problems. Have you heard of this before?

      • kitsapfg Says:

        It does sound like it might be a pollination problem. Typically that has always resulted in more distinct malformation of the fruit for me though (one end is big other is really stunted or rotting). However, the seed history makes me think you are right about your diagnosis.

  2. maryhysong Says:

    your garden is just lovely! what a lovely harvest you are having. Looking at the pic of the squash, is the top one trying to rot on the blossom end? If you leave them are they rotting instead of growing? Then its definitely a pollination problem. Otherwise I’m not sure what the trouble is.

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Yes, one had a bit of blossom end rot which is why I cut it, but all of the squash do not have BER and they’re not doing quite right. I’ve now adopted a “wait and see” attitude about it all…

  3. pooks Says:

    If the broccoli plant was stressed, injured in some way, it would be more likely to have problems than healthy ones, so getting that one out of there was a smart move.

  4. Susi Says:

    Wow. You have an amazing garden. Great harvest.

  5. Daphne Says:

    I wish I could get some good tarragon. It never seems to grow well for me.

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