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First Day of Fall

It’s hard to believe that the summer has passed us by so quickly! There is now a chill in the air and the calendar agrees with the weather!

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Peas

These peas are starting to flower and in about two weeks I should be picking fresh sugar snaps.

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Corn

The corn has dried our and is ready to be used for fall decorations

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Acorn Squash

These are the Burpee Cupcake Hybrid summer squash. This is actually the second planting because the first planting didn’t make it… .just like the cucumbers.

Butternut Squash

It looks like these may or may not make it. It looks like it will be a close call whether or not they mature.

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Broccoli

The broccoli is still flowering and attracting honeybees and bumblebees into the garden. That’s great because the summer squash needs them!

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Tomatoes

Still going strong but one of the lady marmande plants is starting to dry out.

Potatoes

Half of the potato containers and drying out while the other half are still green. I may have to call it and pick them soon.

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Eggplant

These fruits are smaller than the first few and I think we have had enough of these for one year. The fruits were not as big as advertised. Again, they are the Burpee Meatball Hybrid. You may also notice the two yellow squash in this picture. They are the Burpee Tivoli squash. Its a spaghetti sauce. The plants died as these were still growing. I almost threw them out but they have turned a nice golden color as one would expect of a mature spaghetti squash so we may try them.

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Labor Day Weekend Update

Labor Day is here, and the summer is soon coming to an end. But, try telling that to the garden! I am still processing the 10 gallons of tomatoes picked Monday morning – I am halfway there after having made five quarts of crushed tomatoes as well as two quarts of juice yesterday, and eight quarts of juice today. Yes, the second bucket remains to be processed!

Corn

The sweet corn is beginning to dry out. It will be nice to turn the corn stalks into fall decorations for ourselves and our neighbors.

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Eggplant

The eggplant is producing well however we cannot keep up with it. I have not looked into any means of preservation for the surplus.

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Squash

The second planting of squash is growing larger but I am not sure if I will get anything out of it.

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Super Sugar Snap Peas

The fall peas are now climbing the trellis.

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Green Beans

Oops! I just realized that I was supposed to pick more of these tonight! Hopefully the beans won’t grow too big before I get another chance to pick them!

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Potatoes

I am quite surprised that the potatoes have  not completely died down by now.

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Tomatoes

Here are a few shots of the tomato jungle. They are not as overgrown as I had a few years ago at my old house, and they are much more manageable this year as a result. The yield has been great!

 

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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Corn, eggplant and tomatoes

I captured what I thought are some interesting photos of these growing plants.

Corn

I captured some pollination today. One of the picture below shows a pile of pollen laying on top of one of the leaves. The corn flowers are down below, with the tassel being the male flower and the silk being the female flower of the plant. For a fascinating read on corn pollination and kernel development, check out the following link: A Closer Look at Corn Pollination.

Eggplant

A few of the fruits are getting big. I’d say the first one to start growing is about the size of a tennis ball. There are also quite a few flowers on each plant, maybe half a dozen each.

Tomatoes

A see of yellow tops hear cherry tomato plants while bunches of small tomatoes rippen below!

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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.