Tag Archives: Soybeans

Garlic

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Dill, Broccoli and Marigolds

The dill isn’t as tall or large as last year. Perhaps it’s a different kind this year. It’s  been flowering so hopefully those heads will turn to seed in the next week for pickling some cucumbers. In the background you can see the tall sunflowers next to the corn.

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His was taken almost a week ago and many more have toppled over and turned yellow. After the thunderstorms pass and the ground has had a chande to dry out a few days I will harvest these as well. Just in time for pickling season.

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Cucumbers

These have been flowering  over the last week. There are a few cucumbers about three inches long now so I will be doing some pickling this coming week! Having my own garlic, onion and dill to use will be very satisfying.

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Soybeans

These have recovered very well from the rabbit attack last month. I still have not tightened up the fence and actually chased one out of the garden a few days ago.

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Sunflowers

These are growing really tall – I believe the largest to stand eight feet tall. I have seen a few bees on them so I think they are serving their purpose well.

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Sweet Corn

The very first tassel has been spotted! I plan to try adding fertilizer this week. I haven’t done so in the past but it ought to provide a better harvest. Who knows, maybe it’ll get me a second ear this time.

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Garlic

74 bulbs of garlic have been harvested. I pulled them out a few days ago and let the  dirt out in the sun so that I could break it off of the roots more easily.

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.

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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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Another month has passed me by

Not a whole lot had changed since the last post until this weekend. I planted soybeans around the 20th and they are now growing well. I also transplanted watermelon, sunflowers and tomatoes that week. This weekend I also planted corn and I think that the only thing left is cucumbers. I have been adding lots of grass clippings as mulch so that more organic matter gets added to the soil.

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Peas

The peas have probably tripled in height over the last two weeks. As you can see, they are starting to flower and soon we will be snacking and crunching sugar snaps.

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Corn

Before planting the corn seeds I soaked them in water for a few hours to speed up the germination. I also tilled a batch of compost into the soil before creating four raised rows. I added compost and garden soil from Lowe’s to each row.

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Soybeans

These are growing well but are starting to show signs of some pest eating away at the leaves. I will have to look into this and treat for the pest.

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Sunflowers

These were all started indoors and transplanted about two weeks ago.

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Onions

The onions are growing nicely in the center however the outside rows and not as large. I assume the outside rows accessed less of the fertilizer i has applied between the rows.

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Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds

I planted some of these marigolds directly into the garden and others I started indoors and transplanted (those are the ones blooming). The dill is slowly growing but the broccoli has double in size in the last week.

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Potatoes

Red pontiac on the left, kennebec on the right. I have been added soil and compost as they grow and I am close to the top of the trenches.

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Kale

Slow to start, its really starting to shape up now.

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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.

 

August Update

It’s the beginning of August and things are getting busy inside the garden. Over the last week I have had many posts about harvesting cucumbers and cherry tomatoes so I skipped my usual weekend update. Here are some of the things that got left behind.

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Squash

The acorn summer squash isn’t going to make it. The vines are rotten and falling apart at the ground. I am not really sure of the cause but it could be that the corn is so thick that it is shading out the squash. Maybe. I mean, they flowered and started to grow fruit so who knows. Maybe it’s a disease.

Onions

The onions were almost all fallen over, so I knocked over the last half dozen or so just to make sure they would easily toppel over, indicating that they are done growing. I then pulled them up to expose the roots to the sun for a few days before I place them somewhere a little more protected from the rain to begin curing.

Tomatoes

The lady marmande tomatoes are getting larger than I had expected, and there sure are many of them!

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The super sauce tomatoes are also quite plentiful but not as large as the lady marmande… Yet.

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Soybeans/Edamame

A few of the soybean plants have pods that look almost plump enough to pick and eat as edamame. I will freeze some like this in the pod, I will shell others and freeze as a pea substitute, and other I will let mature and dry out before picking so that I can roast them like peanuts. My growing season isn’t long enough to support peanuts, so this is the next best thing.

Corn

Some of the stalks are starting to produce silk for a second eat.

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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