23 June Weekly Update

This week’s harvests were:  summer squash, cucumbers, tomatillos, two types of green beans, dill for refrigerator pickles, all of the Yukon Gold potatoes, all of the remaining lettuce (box and porch containers), and almost all of the onions.

Harvest 1

One Harvest

and another day

and another day

More the next day

More the next day

And more yet another day

And more yet another day

Small pickin's

Small pickin’s

Lettuces

Lettuces

Bucket of taters 1

Bucket of taters from two 2′ x 2′ boxes
Bucket of taters 2

Bucket of taters from one 2′ x 2′ box

We dug one box of the Yukon Gold potatoes midweek and the other 2 boxes on Saturday afternoon (all of these boxes are 2’ x 2’).  Each box had 4 seed potatoes (12 seed potatoes total) and we’re quite happy with the harvest.  We got some very good sized potatoes and very few small nubbins.  Weight came in at about 16 pounds total.  The other potato varieties we’re growing aren’t quite ready for digging yet but will be soon.  There were two volunteer plants in one of the Yukon Gold potato boxes – one is definitely a melon and one is a cucurbit of some sort.  I hadn’t even noticed the melon plants growing amongst the potato foliage until I started pulling up the potatoes.  I removed the two volunteers to a pot during the dig and then replanted them in the same box.  I also seeded more haricot vert in the remainder of the box.

Onions being Racked to Cure

Onions being Racked to Cure

On Sunday morning we also pulled up almost all of the onions.  There are still some (~25) in two of the boxes that do not yet have a soft neck so we left them to size up more.  We’ll probably pull them up regardless next weekend because we’ll want to get more butter beans seeded in those boxes then.  All in all, we’re pretty happy with the onion harvest this year.  We have many more decent sized onions than in years past but still not a big as the ones you find in the grocery store.  The smaller sized onions came mostly from the box that gets some filtered sun during part of the day – onions definitely like full sun!  We’ll let the onions dry/cure for a couple of weeks on the saw horse set up we use under the elevated sun porch/room.  Most will then get diced and frozen.  Since we lost quite a few to rot problems during storage last year, we decided that we would freeze the onions this year, except for the quantity we’ll eat in the next month or two.  Since we grow sweet onions, which are not known for long conventional storage capabilities, I shouldn’t have been surprised that many rotted after a few months…

Little Shop of Horrors Squash

Little Shop of Horrors Squash

When I did the garden planting plan, I took into account the probable space needs of the summer squash plants (which can get *huge*) when deciding to put 4 eggplants at one end of the box.  But despite my efforts to leave what I thought would be enough space for the squash, the eggplants nearest the squash (which, naturally, is one of the largest summer squash plants we’ve ever had) were being crowded out/shaded by the huge squash leaves.  I ended up transplanting two of the eggplants into the box in the front yard that had contained the cauliflower we harvested last week.  The original plan was for haricot vert to get seeded there, but sometimes you have to amend the original plan…  By Sunday, the huge summer squash plant was encroaching upon the two remaining eggplants – I think I’m going to have to give it a stern talking to and maybe whack off a couple of stems.

Everything got a shower of fish emulsion early in the week and I sprayed the tomato plants and apple trees with a copper fungicide.  Some of the lima bean plants were also looking like they have some sort of rust-like problem so I hit them as well.  I need to look up this sort of problem in bean plants since this is the first year our bean plants have shown any type of disease problem.  The apple trees get cedar rust since there are cedar trees in our vicinity and the tomato plants get early blight and any number of other fungal problems here in the humid south.  I have been picking the lower tomato branches off when they started to show signs of problems but now branches higher up were starting to as well so it was time to spray.  I try to minimize spraying, even with “earthy-crunchy” sprays, but I probably should just bite the bullet and spray the plants every 7-10 days, as recommended.  I also hit the remaining brassicas (cauliflower and cabbages) with BT since caterpillars are a problem and I always seem to miss at least one or two during my squishing expeditions.

Summer Squash Pickles

Summer Squash Pickles

This year’s yellow squash plant is putting out a lot of twin-sies.  About ½ of the female flowers end up being doubles which results in two squash growing together.  He (the canner of the two of us) pressure canned summer squash pickles late in the week with all of the squash we had.  We’ve never even eaten squash pickles before but we decided to give it a try since we had so many squash and knew that there are limited ways to preserve summer squash and have the result be something you want to eat.  We used the recipe at: http://canninggranny.blogspot.com/2011/05/canning-bread-and-butter-squash-pickles.html with our own deviation of adding some dill and using only 1/2 of the sugar called for.  We ended up with 7 pints.  I hope we like them!

On Saturday, I saw the first two slicing tomatoes (Early Girl variety).  We can’t wait to have garden-fresh tomatoes again soon!

First Slicing Tomatoes

First Slicing Tomatoes

1st Jalapeno

First Jalapeno!

Field Peas one week old

Field Peas that were seeded one week ago

Haricot Vert box

Haricot Vert box

Side yard boxes

Side yard boxes

Transplanted Eggplants

Transplanted Eggplants

Side yard garden 2

Side yard garden 2

Volunteers - One unknown curcubit and one melon

Volunteers – One unknown curcubit and one melon

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10 Responses to “23 June Weekly Update”

  1. The Novice Gardener Says:

    There’s so much to harvest from your garden, already! I’m green with envy. The year I start a gardening blog and that’s when the garden decides to stall, of course. But, enough whining, congratulations, the harvests and the pickles look great!

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    Your garden just amazes me with all it’s productivity. You do a great job of using succession plantings and are obviously paying attention to what is happening in the garden – such that you can intervene timely as may be needed.

  3. Stoney Acres Says:

    Wow, what a great harvest. We are still a long time away from harvest of that size!! Your onions look great, I always try not to compare my onions to the grocery store because the ones you buy there are pumped full of fertilizer, so your smaller home grown ones are better for you anyway!! 🙂

  4. Preppy Pink Crocodile Says:

    Beautiful garden! I have about 10 tomatillos in a few different varieties planted. Seeing your harvest has me so excited for mine in a month or two!

    KK

  5. leduesorelle Says:

    Unbelievable wealth of harvests, especially to us Northerners!

  6. Budding and Blooming Says:

    Nice harvests! Your garden is way ahead of mine, but I got a very, very late start this year. Enjoy all those delicious veggies.

  7. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) Says:

    What an awesome variety!!! But those onions…that’s what I’m envious of! How wonderful!!!

  8. Norma Chang Says:

    Great harvest, those patty pan squash are so pretty.

  9. Barbie Says:

    Your tomatillos are making me jealous. Mine are growing up but none are forming. BOOOO…. Wonderful assortment this week as usual.

  10. newbiegardengirl Says:

    im having issues with blight on my tomato plants too – all of them died last year 😦 and all this rain we’ve been getting this spring is NOT helping 😛

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