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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.

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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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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!

 

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.

 

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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