High Summer in NC

Potatoes curing in basement

Potatoes curing in basement

Potatoes and winter squash! We dug the potatoes this weekend and are quite happy with the amount we got this year. They’re currently curing in the basement. We also cut several butternut squash that were ready. These are “Metro” variety from Johnny’s and they’re supposed to be smaller sized; the catalog description says between 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 pounds each. Ours are much smaller. The largest is a bit over 1-1/4 pounds and the smaller ones aren’t even half a pound each. Oh well, we’re happy to have gotten winter squash this year since it’s an unreliable crop for us. We’re expecting quite a few more other types of winter squash as they are currently maturing on the vine. In past years, we’ve had problems with winter squash partially growing and then shriveling a bit before detaching from the vine. This year, that happened with just one squash.

Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Winter squash

Winter squash

Winter squash taking over

Winter squash taking over

We canned 15 pints of haricot verts (French green beans) this week! The plants are now nearing the end of their lives but there are still a few beans sizing up. We also canned another 5 pints of tomato sauce.

Canned haricot vert

Canned haricot vert

Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

The first round of cucumbers are still producing but have slowed down considerably. The leaves of the plants have started to show the various diseases cucumbers eventually get so she cut off many leaves this week to hopefully slow the spread of disease.

Cucumbers!

Cucumbers!

Fall “crops” including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kales, and mustard were started in the basement on the 14th and most are up and growing at this point. These seedlings get planted out near the end of August.

Fall seedlings

Fall seedlings

Cabbages heading up

Cabbages heading up

All but two of the summer squash plants have been removed at this point. Squash vine borers did them in. The two remaining plants are patty pan squashes that also have SVBs but have established root points at many places along their stems so parts of the plants are still doing OK and female flowers have formed. Since we don’t need the space yet, we decided to let them be to see if the squash actually mature.

Okra plant - foreground

Okra plant – foreground

The tomato plants are doing really well this year because we haven’t gotten much rainfall (tomatoes don’t like to get their leaves wet)and also because we switched over to growing primarily hybrids that have some disease resistance. We had a few Amish Paste seeds left (an heirloom variety) so we’re growing 3 or 4 Amish Paste plants and it’s telling how much better the hybrids are doing. Not only are the hybrids significantly more productive but the AP plants are the ones that have the inevitable disease problems first. The AP plants aren’t looking so great anymore while the various hybrids are all looking good. Particularly when it comes to tomatoes, we’re going to stick with hybrids in the future!

Haricot Vert box

Haricot Vert box – coming to the end of their season

Baby watermelon

Baby watermelon

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6 Responses to “High Summer in NC”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Well, it looks like what your winter squash lack in weight they make up for in volume! You are so lucky to be getting dry weather. We have been having a lot of rain off and on (for the next two days in fact), so I’m a bit concerned about diseases on my tomatoes, which are mainly heirlooms. I haven’t given up on them yet, but I did mix in a couple of hybrids, just in case.

  2. daphnegould Says:

    I haven’t even see female flowers on my squash yet. They ought to appear soon though. I always get worried every year about now when nothing has set. But I’ve always gotten plenty of squash, so I just have to keep level headed. I do keep going out to check on them though.

  3. Dave @ OurHappyAcres Says:

    I grow mainly hybrid tomatoes because of the disease resistance and productivity. Amish paste just never really produced for me, and the hybrid paste tomatoes are going like gangbusters this year!

  4. Rachel Arsenault Says:

    Love seeing your harvest this week! I didn’t grow any winter squash this year due to space restrictions. I envy you gorgeous butternuts and the rest of your harvest too. Well done! ~ Rachel @ Grow a Good Life

  5. Budding and Blooming Says:

    Nice potato and butternut harvests! It looks like you’ve been busy preserving all those harvests this week. I need to grow more hybrid tomatoes. I have almost all heirlooms and they have been hit hard with early blight, plus we had another downpour that I’m sure didn’t help.

  6. Thomas Says:

    Wow, what a harvest! You should be well stocked for the winter.

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