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Beginning to Prepare for Winter

Over the last two weeks I pulled up the remaining broccoli  squash, potatoes, tomatoes and just yesterday, the carrots. I tilled in a batch of compost as well as fresh grass clippings today. It’s only one half of the  garden that I did this. The other half I will till once the fall planting of peas is finished. I will soon be planting garlic into the area which I previously had the tomatoes in this year. That area of the garden will have the onions, carrots and broccoli next year. The container potatoes only amounted to one five gallon bucket full. They were oddly shaped and not very  big. While the yield was higher than last year’s attempt with Yukon gold, the kennebec seem like a loss. It could be that I did not water as frequently as I should have, or it could just be that everything grows better in the ground compared to in a container. We really saw a good comparison of that with our cherry tomatoes this year.

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Peas

We have had frost four times now, with the weather station reporting 29 degrees this last time. The pea vines are still healthy although the pods were slightly damaged that last time. We still have plenty of flowers so I believe more peas are on their way. The 10 day forecast does not predict any frost.

Carrots

The carrots weighed in at  26 lbs. I didn’t have a free bucket when I picked them, so I  used a heavy garbage bag to bring them into the house. I blanched and froze about a third of them today and ended up with 10 16 oz bags in the freezer. They are quite a bit of work to freeze if you like to peel them first.

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Fall Decorations from the Garden

One 10′ row of corn stalks was just enough to decorate our lamp post and doorway.

The unbundled pile of corn stalks seemed quite large when placed on top of our cart.

Finally, I have a late addition to the “garden flowers” segment from a few months ago: carrots!

Putting Up Sweet Corn and Edamame

Lots of productivity in the garden this week with harvests of eggplant, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, and soybeans!

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Sweet Corn

I picked 13 ears of corn today and put it up for the winter. I blanched the ears, cooled them off in cold water, cut the kernels off, sealed them into freezer bags and then used a FoodSaver to seal them. I made one large 32 oz bag for Thanksgiving and two smaller 14 oz bags. There are also a few photos below of corn stalks that have been knocked over by heavy rains this week.

Soybeans/Edamame

We had fresh edamame with a few meals this week and today I pulled all of the soybean plants up from the garden. There were enough soybeans in their pods to fill a five gallon bucket. While I do like dried and roasted soybeans, the rest of the family likes them as edamame so to get the most enjoyment out of this crop I will be freezing them all as edamame.

Eggplant

The three eggplant plants have lots of fruits and flowers on them. We are some this week and have a few correctly sized fruits ready to be picked for a meal tomorrow.

Carrots

The carrots took a bit of a beating in the rain but are still growing well. I pulled a few up to see how they are doing. Once cleaned up inside the kitchen they look, and taste, pretty good.

Squash

While the acorn squash planted in the middle of the corn didn’t make it, the row of spaghetti squash on the outside actually has a fruit growing. On the other side of the corn, one vine was crawling into the green beans, so I picked it up and moved it alongside them. What I then noticed, is that this vine has little spiky roots growing into the ground. The new mound of acorn squash I planted last week has started to grow as well.

Squash Bugs

New pests! These nasty little guys are eating the leaves of the squash and zucchini, which I pulled today because it’s dieing like the others had. I sprayed the existing squash with neem oil in hopes of smoothing them and preventing their spread.

Cherry Tomatoes

These are starting to fall into full swing now with enough ripening each day for it to be more than we can eat.

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Potatoes

The potatoes seem to be getting more green now that the tomatoes are no longer blocking the sunlight.

Broccoli

The broccoli is about as tall as the corn! Of course it’s just the flowery bits that grew that high. I just can’t bring myself to pull it up because the honeybees like to visit it. One other reason I have been letting it grow is that I wanted to see how the seeds develop from the flowers. It looks like a seed pod about one inch long forms. The picture on the right shows these.

 

Carrots, Cucumbers and Corn

The three Cs of my garden couldn’t wait for the weekend update.

Carrots

I pulled a few carrots today so that I could check on their progress. They were growing deep and straight which is great news. If there was too much fertilizer or the ground was too compacted and rocky I would have roots that are shorter and less straight, even forked. I did not see any sign of damage to the leaves or roots which is also great news.

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Corn

I have quite a few posts where I show off the sweet corn… But this time it’s actually more interesting – the ears are forming! The picture below clearly shows an ear started to bulge out alongside the stalk!

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Cucumbers

I picked eight more of these guys today. I suppose if I stick them in the fridge for two days I will have twice as many to pickle. I don’t plan on canning many, if any, this year. I plan to focus on refrigerator dills so it would be easy to make a batch of brine and then reheat and use as needed for smaller batches. When canning, it’s best to fill up the whole canner with fully packed jars so I need larger batches of cucumbers when doing so.

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Update: I decided to make some refrigerator pickles using the Famous Dave’s Fire and Ice recipe. They turned out pretty well. They are sweet and have a little heat. After 12 hours in the brine they are still pretty “cubcumbery” in flavor. I think that next time I may boil the brine, pack the jars, and then pour the hot brine into the jars. This may help the brine penetrate the cucumber slices more quickly and infuse them with its flavor.

PS: cherry tomatoes are a daily occurrence

Weekend Update, 22 July

We are getting near the end of July and several vegetables are providing nice harvests. Big news? Yes! The corn is pollinating!

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Zucchini

This is the latest to produce a harvest for us. Just a few days ago we took the first two, and today, another three. Two more large ones are still out there right now, with more new flower buds than I can easily count.

Soybeans

The soybeans have pods starting to fill out and get plump. They take awhile to fill out, if I recall correctly, so I do not plan on eating edamame very soon.

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Green Beans

Still producing beans but not flowering anymore. I will be freezing another batch of these tonight.

Broccoli

I am surprised that I am still getting a harvest. I picked enough for dinner and there will be some left over to freeze. This is the burpee royal tenderette. It’s been in the high 80’s and it will be mid 90’s for next few days. Fortunately there are scattered thunderstorms forecast so the garden won’t dry out too much.

Onions

These are starting to fall over now. They grew longer than I had expected and I’m a little concerned that I will be pickling cucumbers before the onions cure. Of course, the dill is behind as well. I will probably be substituting dill seeds for fresh dill heads.

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Corn

The corn is growing as expected. Some of the summer squash, probably the acorn squash, which I planted among the corn rows is flowing and growing like zucchini instead of growing out a long vine. I don’t have a photo but I’m sure you can get a mental image easily enough (looks like a smaller zucchini plant). I took a second look at the garden later in the day and noticed something that I had missed earlier – the silk on the corn! The corn has that familiar silk sticking out from the stalks and it seems that tassels are also releasing pollen. It’s time for the wind to do its job and pollinate these corn stalks!

Tomatoes

The cherry tomatoes are as tall as I am and have a few tomatoes turning orange! The super sauce tomatoes are getting pretty big in the center of their cages.

Potatoes

The kennebec potatoes started to yellow and fall over this week.

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Carrots

Still really green and leafy, I didn’t take a close look at the diameter of the roots.

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Cucumbers

The vines are getting longer, I’d say about 18″ on some on some of them. The picklebush variety is only supposed to grow 24″ or 36″ long. A few plants went up the trellis on their own. I picked up and set a few more on the trellis today as well. I need to space them out more in the future.

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Weekend Update, Mid-July

Big things are happening this week! The green beans are being harvested, the eggplant flowers are turning into fruit, the soybeans have pods forming, the corn has a tassel forming and the onions are burning and starting to brown!

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Onions

These copra onions are starting to bulb. That means that their bulb is more pronounced and showing above ground. The tips are also starting to turn from green to brown.

Zucchini

The zucchini started to flower early in the week and there are already 5″ long fruits on them! These flowers were full of cucumber beetles which have been attacking all the squash leaves!

Green Beans

The first row of green beans was ready for harvest today! We had some for dinner and  spread the joy to some of our neighbors by giving them enough for a meal as well. We also froze four cups for the green bean casserole at Thanskgiving. The two double rows planted last weekend after pulling the peas have already emerged too.

Tomatoes

Nothing much to be said about the tomatoes other than that they are growing bigger every day and are covered in flowers. Many green fruits are growing inside the older growth of the plants. I applied fertilizer last weekend too.

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Sweet Corn

The sweet corn is now about chest high and is started to form the tassels that will top them off when they get to their full height.

Soybeans

The soybeans have tiny little flowers and I didn’t even try to take pictures of them, thinking they would get bigger. But, they are already starting to grow furry little pods on a few of the plants so I guess I missed my chance!

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Carrots

The carrots are starting to grow much faster now that they have established some larger roots and more leaves. I had to thin out a few during the week because they were growing too close to each other and so I know that their little white roots go down about 3″ right now with only 1/8″ diameter at the top.

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Eggplant

The eggplant had beautiful purple flowers over the weekend and now small fruits are starting to form! Also, no further insect damage has been notified.

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Weekend Update

Here are some updates for the rest of the garden vegetables.

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Corn and Squash

I waited the right amount of time before planting the squash among the corn rows. This is because the corn was tall enough that it didn’t get crowded out by the large squash leaves. I have found quite a few cucumber beetles in the garden. I will need to look into stopping them soon as I am finding their damage on the squash and cucumbers.

Green Beans

Tiny little green beans are growing now. The beans started flowering about a week ago. There is no major pest damage on these beans right now.

Carrots

The carrots are growing larger now with bushy tops. I thinned out a few that were growing too close together.

Onions

These copra onions are very tall! Some of the plants reach 36″ in height. Many of them have baseball sized bulbs.

Zucchini

I planted five seeds in about a ten inch square with the intent of thinning some out… Well, I didn’t and they grew incredibly fast this last week. I think that I have missed the window to do so. They are intertwined and it may be difficult to remove one without damage the others. When will I learn the lesson not to over plant? Probably never…

Eggplant

The pest damage seems to have been halted since I sprayed neem oil. I plant to do another treatment tomorrow. One of the three plants is flowering and the other two have buds ready to open up.

Tomatoes

These bushy tomato plants are full of tiny golden flowers! The cherry and super sauce tomato plants have several green fruits growing.