28 July Weekly Update

One day of harvests

One day of harvests

More!

More!

This week we picked:  tomatoes as they began to ripen to save them from the critters, cucumbers, celery, green beans, summer squash, butter beans, a few test carrots, a few tomatillos, jalapenos that went into canned salsa verde, and lots of basil (most of which went to appreciative co-workers).

Another day

Another day

Jalapenos for salsa verde

Jalapenos for salsa verde

Celery

Celery

Basil

Basil

Even More

Even More

Another bounty

Another bounty

We lost the last two zucchini plants to SVBs early in the week.  They weren’t producing so we’re not too  upset about it.  It would have been nice to get more than two fruits from three plants though!  Sunday morning was a great day weather-wise so she spent lots of time clearing away dead and dying foliage from the summer squash plants and tomatoes.  She also removed an area of cucumber vines that were being overtaken by one of the diseases cucumbers get in the South.  She picked the viable fruits from the vines before ripping them out – that’s why there are a few smaller cucumbers in one of the pictures.

Tabasco peppers

Tabasco peppers

More butter beans and cucumbers were seeded as were Fall carrots.  Encouraged by the lettuce success reported last week, we seeded more Slobolt lettuce in the porch box we put in the basement last weekend to cool down the soil a little.  We’re growing Fall carrots in only two small front yard boxes since they may end up needing to be overwintered.  This is far fewer carrots than we normally sow but since the main boxes are going to be torn out and re-done in the Fall, our Fall garden is going to be smaller than usual.

Summer squash plants after removal of dying leaves

Summer squash plants after removal of dying leaves

We also did some canning.  Green beans, summer squash bread & butter pickles, salsa verde, and the first two pints of tomato sauce were all put up this week.

Melon patch

Melon patch

Other tasks completed on Sunday included spraying various “crops” with copper fungicide and giving everything a fish emulsion shower.  Deer have been nibbling at some of our sweet potato and field pea vines so we need to pick up some deer repellent on Monday – our experience has been that it seems to help some as a deterrent.

Field pea pods

Field pea pods

Our redo of the garden boxes can now proceed whenever we’re ready as we had seven large trees cut down on Monday.  We don’t like cutting trees but the new plan necessitated it or some of the boxes would have been too shady.  We will soon be putting in the two boxes furthest from the house for Fall plantings.  The rest will have to wait until after the first frost because the new aisle spacing means we have to start at one end or the other and can’t replace any middle boxes until the existing boxes are removed.

Diseased cucumber vines before removal

Diseased cucumber vines before removal

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

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6 Responses to “28 July Weekly Update”

  1. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) Says:

    Your cukes look wonderful! Well, everything looks wonderful, really, but your cukes especially do since we have zero so far…just tiny little plants with itty bitty flowers…it’s a strange cuke year here. Congrats on your harvests!

  2. Patsy Says:

    All those tomatoes are making me green, lol! And your cukes, peppers, squash…very nice harvest!

  3. Kentucky Fried Garden Says:

    Your tomatoes and cucumbers are just so bountiful! I can picture your jars of pickles all lined up.

  4. Norma Chang Says:

    Wonderful harvest, still waiting for my slicing tomatoes to show some color, hope soon.

  5. The Novice Gardener Says:

    Last year I knew how to grow peppers and even had too much that I froze some. This year, they’re all stunted! So, I’m jealous of your jalapeño and tabasco, especially since I love pickled jalapeño and was looking forward to trying out your taqueria style pickles! I may just resort to store bought peppers. 😦

  6. Jenny Says:

    Really nice harvest and your garden looks lovely. Too bad about squash though, those bugs really do get in a way of harvests!

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