July 2015 Update – Summer Garden

Much has happened in the garden since our last post a month ago. Pea, lettuce, and cabbage season ended and tomato season began. Cucumber and haricots verts season kept going… Raspberries ended but blackberries and blueberries began. Summer squash season ended very early this year (a month earlier than usual) as the plants succumbed to squash vine borers. We didn’t get *any* zucchini (not atypical for us) and we didn’t even get enough yellow and patty pan squash to get tired of them this year! The last lettuce harvest was just huge.

Huge Pile of Lettuce

Huge Pile of Lettuce

Even More Lettuces

Even More Lettuces

Cabbage / Cucumbers / test Carrot

Cabbage / Cucumbers / test Carrot

Sugar Snap Peas & test Carrot

Sugar Snap Peas & test Carrot

On the other hand, tomato season started early this year, probably because of the heat wave we experienced for almost two weeks in mid-June, and we got the first red tomatoes at least a week earlier than usual this year. We’ve been enjoying homegrown tomatoes almost daily. She has been picking them a day or two earlier than full ripeness because of (irrational) fear that some critter will beat us to them.

Typical July Daily Harvest

Typical July Daily Harvest

All of the garlic and onions have been cured and trimmed and we will finish up preserving them this weekend (we chop and freeze the onions and mince and freeze most of the garlic in order to ensure it lasts in storage).

Trimmed Garlic & Onions

Trimmed Garlic & Onions

Candy Onions

Candy Onions

We dug the last two types of potatoes this weekend (Kennebecs and Red LaSodas) and they have joined the previously-dug Yukon Golds in the basement on a piece of burlap to cure and store.

Potatoes on Burlap in Basement

Potatoes on Burlap in Basement

The haricots verts (French green beans) flourished in the past month and we canned 41 pints of green beans! They’re likely to have a second blooming but the first blooming is always the most productive (and highest quality).

Canned Haricot Vert

Canned Haricot Vert

Bucket of Haricot Vert

Bucket of Haricot Vert

We pulled up two of the three areas of carrots this weekend as well. We have plenty of carrots and will be sharing them with friends and canning them for later use.

Washed Carrots

Washed Carrots

Bucket of Carrots

Bucket of Carrots

The first butter beans are about ready to be picked and the field peas have started putting out pods as well. Melons and winter squash are growing, but it’s always hit-and-miss for us on whether we’ll get actual melons or squash. The fig trees have also put out figs, although it’ll still be at least a couple of weeks before they ripen. We were concerned about the fig trees because we had a very cold winter, but they pulled through. We have noticed that a few limbs died though and need to be cut. We also have four apples on our trees! Hopefully we’ll get to them before the deer do this year.

Finally, believe it or not, it’s already time to start some of the Fall crops in the basement. On Saturday, we started broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. They’ll get planted out in mid- to late-August, depending on the weather. In a couple of weeks, we’ll start the Fall greens inside as well.

Happy gardening until next time!

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

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4 Responses to “July 2015 Update – Summer Garden”

  1. daphnegould Says:

    Lovely harvests. And it isn’t too late to start zucchini again. And the SVB will be gone for a couple of months. I’ve still got mine covered as they are in abundance around here. But the plants are getting big enough they might push off the row covers soon.

  2. Margaret Says:

    Very nice harvests. Boy, you sure are ahead of us – we won’t be harvesting garlic or onions for at least another month or so and tomatoes are equally behind (although that one was my fault!)

  3. Daisy Says:

    It’s so much fun to see other people’s harvests! I love your early squash.

  4. nannygrannie Says:

    Wonderful to see. I’m looking forward to following as I started my own vegetable garden this year! Happy growing

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