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Getting Bigger

Soybeans

These seem to be recovering from the rabbit attack they suffered two weeks ago.  I still have not fixed the fence.

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Sunflowers

These plants are about waist height already.

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Corn

It’s gonna be knee high by the Fourth of July!

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Cucumbers

I really can’t much about these right now. Growing well for now.

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Watermelon

These are starting to flower already. I didn’t expect that so soon.

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Zucchini

Starting to poke up through the dirt!

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Marigolds

I caught a bumblebee in action on these marigolds today. The flowers look so nice that I decided I’d make a post just to share them.

Broccoli

Next to the bumblebee I also saw a wasp looking for a snack. It was definitely searching for little green caterpillars. Neither it nor I found any. Thank you marigolds?

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Kale

Beautiful, leafy kale.

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Onions

These copra onions are getting huge! Large bulbs too now!

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Sugar Snaps!

Almost everything is in now. I believe I am just missing zucchini and carrots but the latter may never get planted this year as it is a lot of work to mound up some soft soil for them to grow in.

Sugar Snaps

This is our first picking of the season. More than enough to gift some to the neighbors and in laws for weekend snacks.

Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds

I do believe that the marigolds and doll are helping to keep the cabbage worms away. The broccoli started to take off this past week. A few plants have a small head of florets beginning to develop.

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Potatoes

Kennebec on the left, red Pontiac on the right.

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Onions

These onions sure grew big over the last few weeks. Even the outter rows have taken off.

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Garlic

I imagine that I am only a few weeks away from seeing these garlic plants start to wither and dry out.

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Watermelon

These are not bush watermelon so the vines are going to grow quite long. It will be a challenge to keep them contained.

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Cucumbers

The cucumbers will hopefully survive this year. Last year they ideas from either a disease or pests. I tried using a trellis last year but it didn’t pan out well because these are a short vined bush variety. Let’s hope for better luck this year so that I can make a ton of refrigerator dill pickles.

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Corn and Sunflowers

The corn is starting to grow nicely. The first sunflowers I transplanted are really taking off too.

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Tomatoes

The cherry tomatoes are growing much better than the better boy tomatoes. They are the two larger ones in front.

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Soybeans

I watched a rabbit find its way into the garden a few days ago. He jumped up and through the top rows of large squares in the rabbit guard fence, in an area where the deer fence was loose on the rabbit guard fence. I will have to tighten up the fence. The next day though I saw that it’s too late! The rabbit has attacked the soybeans!

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Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans

I had planted two 10′ double rows where I took  down two rows of pea trellis awhile back and they have now produced a bunch of beans. Each double row is actually two rows planted about 6″ apart. For comparison, the first crop of green beans was just 10′ of row while this crop is 40′ of row. Yikes! I’m gone be up to my ears in green beans! We are actually going to buy a chest freezer because we already filled up the upright freezer with peas, beans, and corn… With more beans, peas, and carrots yet to come!

These beans are still flowering so I will be getting more every few days again. We had a batch of fresh beans for dinner yesterday and froze nine 10oz bags today.

Tomatoes

This past week provided 10 gallons of tomatoes! One five gallon bucket of lady marmande alone! The other bucket was a mix of super sauce and cherry tomatoes. We are making crushed tomatoes for use in chili and soup right now and will probably be making more juice tomorrow. I find that juice is a good way to use up all of the excess cherry tomatoes.

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Too Busy to Post!

It has been a very busy week and I have not been able to post an update all week. The pictures in this post were taken last weekend and I am only now able to post them. I cleaned out more of the broccoli as it has been failing over in heavy rain and wind. Some of the spinach was also emerging last week.

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Tomato Sauce

We followed a mix of two different ball cookbook recipes to make some pizza sauce. We first made a puree using the food mill and letting the juice drain and then added slices and cooked it down. We made just short of five pints from about 12 lbs of burpee super sauce tomatoes.

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Tomato Juice

I also made tomato juice from a family recipe. It used almost a whole five Fallon bucket of the lady marmande and cherry tomatoes. I actually weighed the cherries separately and they were eight lbs! The bucket below if mostly lady  marmande tomatoes. The largest one so far was 1.3 lbs.

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.

 

Fresh Corn and Eggplant

Sweet Corn

I finally picked some sweet corn today. It was more ripe than I thought it would be so I better pick more right away! It’s the burpee extra sweet early hybrid. It’s not as sweet as the white burpee corn we grew a few years ago but was the fastest they sold.  It was ready on schedule at around 70 something days.

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Eggplant

A few of these were definitely overripe! I was expecting them to go from dull to shiny… Oops! So, about two were overripe with dark brown seeds and one was just a bit overripe with white seeds still. That’s the one I sliced up and fried on the grill to use as a burger patty. It didn’t really have much flavor so it was definitely not bad! Please note that I have never had grilled eggplant before. I didn’t snap a before picture unfortunately so here is the final product:

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Tomatoes

No trip to the garden is complete without a batch of cherry tomatoes:

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Weekend Update with Big News!

Several items of good news today:

  • sweet corn is beginning to emerge from the ground after just 5 days
  • pea pods have begun to form on the sugar snaps
  • cherry tomatoes are growing buds
  • super sauce tomatoes are growing buds
  • carrots are starting to grow additional leaves
  •  dill is starting to grow additional leaves
  • the broccoli is getting big
  • the onions are huge
  • the soybeans that germinated are growing decently

I was really excited to see the corn come up unexpectedly early:

The peas have been flowering for at least a week now and I had not seen any pods forming until today. I had not seen any bees in the garden so I was beginning to fear that I would have poor pollination. The only pollinator I have seen so far is a white butterfly that lays its eggs on the broccoli… This butterfly is the arch nemesis of any brassica farmer! As an aside, I would like to point out that I spray spinosad on my broccoli to prevent those nasty cabbage worms from eating all the leaves.

That’s a great to to lead into some broccoli photos:

The dill is planted between the two rows of broccoli, and here it is with tiny little dill fern leaves starting to grow:

The carrots look very similar to the dill at this stage of growth:

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Next up, the huge copra onions:

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And the potatoes (I mounded up three of the pots by adding more soil today):

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The cherry tomatoes are growing well now:

The super sauce tomatoes are growing well too:

The lady marmande tomatoes have a little big of sun burn but show nice new growth:

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The eggplant is doing alright:

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The soybeans that did germinate look pretty good:

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And finally we have the green beans doing very well since having been replanted. They did have a little big of slug damage (I found a slug on a stem a few days ago and starting using slug repellent pellets):

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I am now waiting for the zucchini and cucumbers to germinate . I also need to start thinking about cages for the tomato plants. When I grew the super sauce tomatoes in our old garden the plants grew so large and heavy that they collapsed the flimsy cages I had purchased at Lowes. The heavier cages at Lowes are almost all sold old so I am thinking about buying the cages sold by Burpee.