Garden update July

Where has the time gone?  Already July and I am just getting to a garden update.  June was super busy with the end of the school year and kids activities.  After all of that a bit of R&R was in order.  This past Independence Day weekend was the first time I felt like I had a moment.

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So here is my garden update.  I have never had a garden look this good.  Not. Ever.  The extreme heat, coupled with measured irrigation has allowed everything to grow so well.  It has been wonderful for the tomatoes and peppers.

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The tomatoes are loaded with blossoms.

Blossoming_tomatoesthe leaves on the okra are huge!

Okra_Huge_leavesThe Zucchini plants look amazing and have 4″ long fruits on them.  the eggplant, tomatillos and ground cherries also look extremely healthy.

Growing_ZuchinnisI harvested the last of my snap peas and took a cutting of broccoli.  when the broccoli is all done we will till in the foliage and prep our fall crops in that area.  We have to be careful because we have at least a dozen “volunteer” tomatoes that are looking beautiful.

Everything looks a bit short this year.  Like the plants can’t afford to get too tall. The only problem that I can report are some unwanted visitors.

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That being said, I feel for the farmers though.  As I drive around town, I see them irrigating their fields, something they don’t normally need to do.  Irrigating is not, to my knowledge, even a standard practice for most Western New York farms.

How about you, how does your garden grow?

 

The remote garden is growing well and a garden update

I have a garden update on how well my remote garden is growing.  I know that I have mentioned it before, but I have not take any photos of it this year.

We were able to pick about 5 quarts of black raspberries.  They were just coming ripe and now they are at peak.

Raspberries ripe and ready

The Hubs had just freshly tilled between the rows of green beans, which were looking good.  The remote garden has been such a saving grace.  I am too embarrassed of what the green beans in the home garden look like to even show a picture.  Poor germination, yellowing leaves and overtaken by grass.  These babies are doing great.  Plenty to harvest to eat fresh and to freeze for winter.

green beans in rows

He also tilled around the pumpkins and squash.  The vine crops are off to a great start too.

Pumpkins and sqaush

The cucumbers are loving their happy home under the black plastic.

cucumber plants gaining size

The peppers are looking great and have lots of small fruits as they grow along side the beans.

Peppers and beans

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

I spotted this amazing spider web sight when I glanced out the window.  Later, without the morning dew, it was not nearly as impressive or imposing.

huge spider web filled with dewThe pepper plants are loaded!  All the necessary ingredients for stuffed hot banana peppers are awaiting harvest any day now…

Lots of peppers on the plants

We can see developing tomatoes along with oodles of blossoms.

Tomatoes and blossomsOur first zucchini is just a few days away.  Eggplants and okra are steadily developing fruits and getting larger.

Eggplants and okraThe sunflowers continue to climb to the heavens.

Sunflower height is increasingCheck out this super heavy duty hose cart the Hubs ordered.  Aesthetically, it is not so great, but can be wheeled out of sight quite easily.  It is super functional when you have 300 feet of hose to wrangle.  It came from AM Leo and if it is as good as every other tool that we have purchased from them, it will serve us well for some time.  (Seriously, check them out.  I am in no way getting compensated for this endorsement.)

The new hose cart

I am eager to start eating all of this tasty produce.  Then when we are overwhelmed, the food preservation will begin.  This weekend I am going to make jelly and jams.  The deep freezer needs a thorough cleaning and defrosting, so I will get to that as well.  We also plan on tilling up those awful green beans and plant a fall crop along with peas.  I so want peas.  We did not get this veggie garden started early enough for spring crops this year.

Veggie garden update

Boy was Memorial Day weekend busy and productive!  I have a huge veggie garden update.

It took a bit of work over each of the three days, but we tilled and planted the veggie garden.

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Actually, it was a really slow process, but then our neighbor offered to run his tractor tiller through it, and it was done in half an hour.  Yay!  Thanks for good neighbors!

tilling-tractorWe got down the black plastic, cut holes and started planting seedlings of peppers, tomatoes, okra, basil, parsley, tomatillos and ground cherries.  I made sure to water them right away, they were thirsty.  The next day we finished the seedlings and added seeds for sow direct crops like cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, bunching onions and 7 rows of green beans.  Then I added some marigold and sunflower seeds around the edges to pretty things up.  I placed the sunflowers on the north side so that they don’t shade the garden and marigolds near the tomatoes for a companion planting and pest deterrent.  Then we watered everything in really well again.

vegetable garden planted

I got about two thirds of my flower beds mulched.  Here is a new gooseberry that I was able to transplant from that same helpful neighbors brush line.  It was ill fated otherwise and I was in the process of rooting some additional plants fro the three gooseberries that I already had.  These are larger than my rooted plants, so I will have better production a little sooner now.

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I transplanted all of this vinca to an enclosed bed in the front yard.  It hadn’t filled in the original space and was being choked out by mulch.  So I had to find a new home for it or buy more to fill in this area.  Transplanting the vinca to another bed was easier.

transplanting vincaIt will fill this small flower bed and won’t need to be mulched.  Ground cover and mulch don’t mix, people, they just don’t.

vinca transplants

It is all looking much better.  Well, it was, but then I had to disturb some of the mulch to transplant some spring bulbs.

not so freshly mulched

Check out these deck rail planters.  They are bursting with lettuce an greens.  I have been making a huge salad every night for dinner.  So yummy!

time for salad