25 August Weekly Update

Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest

We picked the apples this week!  Although apples in the south tend to get black splotches on them (at least the ones grown organically), the “he” part of “us” assures me that this always happened on the apples when he was growing up and people suffered no ill effects from eating them.  We tried one of the apples and haven’t died yet so maybe he’s right.  The apple was very tasty – tart with a little bit of sweetness mixed in.  Just how I like ‘em.

New box

New box

Garden View

Garden View

Removed bed space

Removed bed space

We were very busy in the garden this week filling up the two new boxes with soil (and mixing in coarse vermiculite) and then topping the boxes off with soil dug out from empty existing boxes.  We also removed the slicing tomato plants and some of the paste tomato plants (which is why there are so many green tomatoes in one picture).  Hopefully the green fruits will ripen on the counter.  We still have 8 paste tomato plants with quite a few green fruits in one box so we left them for now.  All in all, it was a weak tomato year around here.

One Day - Harvest

One Day – Harvest

We also removed the haricot vert plants from one of the long boxes.  They had been planted in mid-April and they were just “done” at this point of the year.  On Sunday morning, we canned 6 more pints of haricot vert and other green beans.  We also removed some of the cucumber vines that were part of the first round of cucumbers planted out in mid-April, so they lasted a good amount of time.  The Fall cucumbers are doing OK – they never seem to grow very well at this time of year when compared to Spring plantings, probably because pests and diseases are already around when the plants are young whereas Spring planted crops have fewer pest/disease problems early on so they thrive more.

One Day in August

One Day in August

Lettuces

Lettuces

Canned Haricot Vert & Green Beans

Canned Haricot Vert & Green Beans

Butter Beans - to be shelled

Butter Beans – to be shelled

Other pickings this week were:  sweet peppers, lots of Serranos, cucumbers, field peas, butter beans, a few tomatillos, and lettuce from the front porch experimental railing box.  We also got a handful of raspberries but, once again, ate them as we picked them so there’s no picture.

Bounty

Bounty

Mid-week, we seeded 4 types of head lettuce in an existing box that won’t be removed this Fall and in one of the new boxes, we seeded radishes, hakurei turnips, beets, and carrots.  By Saturday, all but the carrots had already come up.  (Carrots tend to take several days longer to germinate than many Fall plants).  On Saturday, we transplanted out our Fall starts that had been hardening off for a few days: broccoli, cauliflower, red and green cabbage, kale, and mustard.  For some reason, our starts really don’t look all that healthy this season so if they’re not looking a whole lot better by next weekend, I may decide to purchase some starts to increase our chances of getting a harvest.  Later today, we’ll directly sow some more kale and mustard since we didn’t get the number of plants we had tried for.

Early in the week we got quite a bit of rain one day and it caused one of the watermelons to split.  The next day, I noticed that a different watermelon had started rotting so the compost pile ended up with two of our watermelons.  We’re not having a great melon year again this year…  At least the field pea and butter bean gods are smiling down upon us 🙂

Watermelon wrapped in Mesh

Watermelon wrapped in Mesh

Wall of Field Pea Vines

Wall of Field Pea Vines

Thai Hot Peppers

Thai Hot Peppers

Tabasco Peppers waiting to change color

Tabasco Peppers waiting to change color

Sweet Potato Vines Running

Sweet Potato Vines Running

Fall Cucumber Plants

Fall Cucumber Plants

Butternut Squash on the Vine

Butternut Squash on the Vine

30+ Foot Butternut Vines coming over the wall

30+ Foot Butternut Vines coming over the wall

Butter Beans in bloom

Butter Beans in bloom

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3 Responses to “25 August Weekly Update”

  1. Jeff Says:

    You have a fantastic garden and I have been very grateful that I found your site. You have some fantastic ideas, I have tried a couple of them and been very pleased. I am in Lexington, KY, and my watermelon did not get very big but were very tasty. No luck on the other melons though. I am curious about your lettuce experiment as I am thinking of trying it next year. What kind of lettuces did you use? Are they leaf lettuces or any head lettuces? Is the area that you are using completely in the shade or does it get some sun? Thanks for all the wonderful updates. Looking forward to more!!!

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Thanks for stopping by! The lettuce experiment consisted of starting heat resistant loose head and leaf types in porch boxes in the basement under lights. I let the porch boxes “cool down” in the basement for a week before seeding the lettuce so that the soil temperature would be low enough for the lettuce to germinate. Once the seedlings were about 2 inches high, I moved them out of the basement to the railing on our front porch. The front porch faces northeast, but mainly north. The side of the porch I put the boxes on gets some morning sun but the rest of the day it does not get any direct sun.

      I tried 2 types of heat resistant lettuce (at least the packaging said they are heat resistant) – Slobolt and Buttercrunch – and also a salad blend of leaf lettuces. The Slobolt had the most success by far and for the second round, I only started a box of Slobolt in the basement. It’s now growing out on the front porch.

      Hope the info helps you and good luck!

  2. Stoney Acres Says:

    A beautiful harvest and garden!!

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