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.

Garden_longview

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?

 

Making the fall garden snuggly

Our fall has been beautiful and unseasonably warm at times, so we have been fortunate to enjoy an extended harvest of many garden treats.  We are supposed to get snow this weekend along with 2 nights of hard frost.  I mentioned the hoop house we were going to try in the fall garden.  Now is the time to add the plastic.  Checkout those crazy tall sunflowers in the background.

hoop house for fall crops

We are also taking some precautions with our green bean plants.  They were put in a bit late and are just starting to produce.  In order to spare them from the damage of a frost we used the extra plastic and made another quick  hoop house.

quick hoop house addition

Fingers crossed.  Temperatures are supposed to go back up all next week again, so I am hoping we can make it through this weekend without too much damage.  Yesterday we picked all of the mature peppers that were left in the garden as well as a couple eggplants and zucchini.  Here is only about two thirds of the peppers.

final pepper harvest

 

We had to do all this harvesting and hoop housing in stages though.  The crazy and changeable weather already started.  Here are some squash and pumpkins that I had out curing on our deck.

squash with hail

Hail storm, sunny break, hail storm, cloudy, super cold rain, then full on sun again.  We were chased into the house two times during the process.  A lot of hail came down and stuck around for quite a while on the ground.  It was difficult to get a picture of it, but you can see how much collected on the deck.

 

Piles of apples

This will be it for the apples that have been keeping me so busy for the last month or so.  We have crates of them stacked in the garage, both crispers in the fridge filled and bowls of them in the kitchen.  Time to get baking and maybe one more batch of dried chips…

 

Fall garden pictures and a garden update

We had a couple rainy days, but that is not going to stop this garden update.  A constant, droning drizzle that is excellent for gardens, but that keeps people in the house.  Most people, don’t garden in the rain, that is.  Crazy people like me that get free perennials, get bundled up and go out and plant stuff.

Hosta_sum_substance

This “Sum and Substance” hosta was orphaned by my mother in law.  She lost a tree that gave it the perfect shade and did not have a spot to transplant such a large variety.  I was happy to fill in some space one on each end of a long yew shrub.  You can see that this hosta is a bit yellowed from excessive sun exposure, but this shady spot should turn it a deep healthy green.

fall_garden

While I was out there, I checked the fall garden and grabbed a couple of peppers for dinner.  The pea plants are thick and beautiful.  The beans look great too.

peas_beans

The hoop house is full of sturdy seedlings.  After the rain we are supposed to have a good stretch of sun and nice weather.  That will get these crops growing well.  Radishes, turnips, rutabagas, kale, Swiss chard, carrots and bunching onions.  This is our first time using a hoop house and I am excited to extend our season.

fall_hoop_house

The okra, eggplant and tomatillos still look great and are loaded with fruit.

okra_eggplant_tomatillosThe pepper plants are loaded with fruits and many are turning such pretty sunset colors.

peppers_still_producing

I was able to roast a couple of pecks and freeze them up for winter use.

roasted red peppers

Sadly tomatoes are coming to their end…so sad.