|Bean beetle in the pupae stage|
|Bean beetles in the larval stage.|
|Scarlet Runner Bean Tipi - loaded!|
The garlic has been harvested and the lettuce is finished. I planted fall beets, carrots, turnips and parsnips last week in their place. Those seedlings are up and looking great.
The onions, look pathetic - they're all very small. Blah... guess I'm buying onions again this year.
The Swiss Chard is performing better than anything else in the garden. We've been doing a lot of chard based dishes.
Only a few of the sunflowers germinated this year (old seed). But the ones that did come up look great. I don't think there's anything that's much more optimistic or joy filled than a sunflower against a blue sky.
The eggplants and peppers look great. I'm just waiting for the fruit to get bigger.
The cukes and winter squash have taken off. We should be harvesting cucumbers in a few days, and it looks like the winter squash will be a bumper crop. That is if I can keep the squash bugs at bay. Hands down squash bugs are my most pernicious pest. I hate them. They are so hard to kill, and they reproduce so rapidly. At the moment I'm winning. I'm going out almost every day to remove eggs and squash the squash bugs. The summer squash and zucchini are not doing well. They both looked good at first, but all of the rain started causing the fruit to rot before it could grow large enough. Now, something is killing my zucchini. It's not squash bugs or squash borers, and it doesn't look like any disease I've had before. At this point, I'm hoping that one of my local garden friends will have too much zucchini and they'll share because I think those plants are gonners. I haven't totally given up hope and ripped them out yet, but I think their demise is imminent.
We've been harvesting a little bit of broccoli, and a very little bit of cauliflower. I think this is the last year I try to grow cauliflower - it just doesn't do well for me. I'll load up at the farmer's market in the fall instead. The cabbage is almost ready to pick, and the bok choy is growing fantastically. Looks like there's some sauerkraut and kim chee in our future. Soccer Boy will be thrilled.
The potatoes will be ready to pull in the next week or two. I've already dug into the ends of the hills a few times so that we could have new potatoes. They are so, so very delicious. Last year's potato harvest was pathetic. I'm hoping for a few bushels from this year's planting. We returned to the hill method, so hopefully the crop will be good.
Most of the eating corn did not germinate, and it was too late (and too wet) to replant. However, the dent corn (Bloody Butcher) came up fantastically. We're going to try to eat some of the dent corn green, and see how it tastes. If it's a bit too corny and tough then I'll just have lots of homegrown cornmeal this year - nothing wrong with that. Farmer Dan grows much better corn than me anyhow. I'll just stock up on my end of summer trip to the farm.
|Optimising my space: Three Sisters Hills growing in the bare spots in the strawberry patch. I allow milk weed to grow for the bees and the butterflies (especially the monarchs).|
|Egyptian Walking Onions - I'm hoping eventually these will solve my onion issues.|
I haven't done much canning or freezing yet. I've put up a few quarts of sugar snap peas and a few freezer meals (mostly quiche). Overall, the garden looks good - I'm just impatient to be have enough to harvest for most of our meals. Hopefully it will pick up soon. I'm eager to fill that freezer and replenish the pantry. How's your garden growing?