22 July Weekly Update

Another hot, humid week, but we’re still here.

A bed, prepped for more

We picked a lot of stuff this week:  cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, cherry bomb peppers, cayennes, bell peppers, Monkey tail cowpeas, some habanero peppers, haricot vert, and another eggplant.

Red pontiacs

One pickins’


Goodness Grows in NC!

More taters

And more…

We don’t even have pictures of some of the other stuff we got this week.

I canned 6 pints of tomato sauce last weekend, and I’m canning more today. Also did a run of canning green beans (4 more pints).

We sprayed tomatoes with BT again. We have either army worms or tomato fruit worms on some of the tomato plants. Either way, BT should control the problem.

One of the pictures has a number of green tomatoes; some fell off when we were pruning them. We removed another of the yellow squash plants; it was obviously “done”. The cucumber plants are starting to look fairly rough as well and so are some of the cucumbers coming off it.

The field peas need almost daily training to keep them contained in their growing areas. The ones that are growing on an 8′ tall trellis are over 2′ longer than the trellis. So much for “4-foot plants”.

Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck (winter squash) plants

A winter squash

No more raids on the garden, and nothing too exciting this week, except that eating fresh tomato biscuits, potato salad, and other good things which come from the garden makes us feel as though we eat like kings. Every time I eat one of our carrots I hear Willy Wonka in my brain saying excitedly “our carrots taste more like CARROTS…”.

Basil and Leeks

Growing on the vine

Peppers in the deep jungle

Trying to escape!

Pimento Peppers!

The contrast of color in the garden amazes me sometimes.


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12 Responses to “22 July Weekly Update”

  1. Norma Chang Says:

    Great harvest. Love your captions, favorite is “Trying to escape”.

  2. Liz Says:

    Your post has just reminded me to buy basil seed – your basil is looking perfect and I am very envious of all your beautiful summer crops.

  3. kitsapfg Says:

    I laughed at the Willy Wonka image! It’s true though and I know just what you mean about the extra satisfaction that comes from eating a good meal that came largely from your own back yard garden. Heaven. Wish we had the tomato harvests you are getting but we are a long way yet from that. They look so tasty and abundant.

  4. leduesorelle Says:

    Ah, peppers! We’re still waiting for those to come in up here… I’m imagining all of the delicious things you’ll be making with yours!

  5. maryhysong Says:

    your garden is really lovely! my big tomatoes have wound down because of the high heat earlier; but they are setting fruit again, so I might get a little sauce canned this year after all. After canning a couple dozen jars of green beans and making the same of dilly beans in 09 and I still have some, I’ve decided just to plant what I can eat and not can more than 6-8 pints, if that many.

  6. crafty_cristy Says:

    Monkey Tail cowpeas sound delicious! My cowpeas are reaching for the sky, too. I have probably 12 foot vines on my Mississippi Cream peas this year.

  7. zentMRS Says:

    Beautiful! You’ve got a great variety of peppers!

  8. Shawn Ann Says:

    Beautiful colors of peppers! Everything looks really good and healthy!

  9. Mike R Says:

    You really get everything from your garden, and in abundance. Pimento peppers are one of my favorites but they have never produced well here so I plant other sweet peppers. I’m interested in the squash boxes and am thinking of trying that here. What kind of soil do you put in them?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      When we started the boxes, we adhered to the Square Foot Gardening technique of 5 types of compost, vermiculite, and peat moss (“Mel’s Mix”). But by the time we expanded our garden, I had become less of a SFG enthusiasts (the promise of minimal weeds which proved to be untrue did me in). The last expansion, we did three types of compost and vermiculite. We did not add peat moss because it tends to raise the pH and we had discovered our boxes had too high of a pH, which is likely why we had trouble growing root crops the first 3 years.

      The smaller boxes aren’t necessarily just for squash – we rotate stuff around and it was just squash’s turn for that box 🙂

  10. Rick Says:

    Great harvest. We are still a month away from harvests that big but things are improving every day! Your pictures look great!!

  11. Adventures in Agriburbia Says:

    Wow, your plants are so healthy! Mine are already very bedraggled from the heat and humidity we have had in Charlotte.

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