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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!

 

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Fall Crops

Peas

Last Sunday I planted two 10′ rows of the burpee super sugar snap peas. They emerged from the grow yesterday morning after just six days. I add a little burpee booster with the seeds when I plant them as a soil inoculant.

Salad Greens

Since space was freed up on Friday by removing the soybeans I had plenty of room to plant fall salad greens. I had some old kale seeds from a year ago as well as leftover lettuce and spinach seeds from a container planting we made on our deck this spring. Those didn’t work out, but I am sure that in the garden, these will. I have one 6′ row of kale, and the other 6′ row is split between lettuce and spinach. These were planted yesterday.

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Squash

The squash I planted last Sunday merged Thursday, I previously mentioned in another update.

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Corn

I grabbed a few ears through the fence while taking some compost out this morning. I was on my way back outside to pick more with the intention of freezing a batch, but it started to pour rain… So maybe later.

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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

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.