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Mid-July Garden Updates

Sorry about the lack of posts, we’ve been busy planning our upcoming bath remodel. But we always have photos for Photo Friday.

All photos by buzz.

The hostas are blooming

The hostas are blooming. This one is called Patriot. It’s one of the plants that came back after the trees were removed.

Some wildflowers from the yard

Some wildflowers from the yard. The sun garden really liked all the early summer rains.

Who wants zucchini? It's piling up in the 'fridge.

Who wants zucchini? It’s piling up in the ‘fridge.

The tomato plants are loaded and starting to ripen.

The tomato plants are loaded and starting to ripen.

O hai! The feeder needs filling. Just thought you should know.

“O hai! The bird feeder needs filling. I just thought you should know.”

Overall, the garden is doing well. The harvest so far is 20 lbs. of tomatoes, 3 lbs. of green beans, 6.5 lbs. of zucchini and 1 little eggplant.

The lettuce and kale were cut back. I’ll let it stay in the ground and see if we can coax a little new growth before I have to pull it up and plant something else.

Something is eating the peppers this year. They look like hell and I haven’t had time to get to the county extension to diagnose it. I suspect the June bugs have passed some virus to it. It’s not looking good for salsa production this year. Sorry, guys.

The eggplants look great! Nice and green and fruiting. They were supposed to be Black Beauty but I think it’s a white variety.

The tomatoes are mostly doing well. The San Marzano has some yellowing leaves that’s moving up the side of one of the plants. But they are producing. The New Girls right next to it seem to be resistant to whatever it is. I need to take a sample of that to the extension agency too. All the others are doing ok. The Cherokee Purples look great! I picked a bunch of ripe ones yesterday. Time to get some soft potato bread and make some Tomato Sandwiches! You know you’re South Jersey… mmm. tomato sandwiches.

The green bean plants are beautiful! I tried a new variety this year on the suggestion from a friend. (Thanks Beanie!) The variety is Jade II and it’s now my favorite green bean. It has nice long beans that don’t get too fat, good disease resistance, open pollination bush type bean. I’ve been picking 1/2 to 1 lb. of beans every 2 or 3 days.

I just pulled up the rest of the onions. All 270 of them are now in the basement curing. I really over planted. These things are huge baseball to softball size. If I plant this variety again, I’ll plant them closer together to get smaller bulbs. It is supposed to be a long storage onion. I hope so. If they look like they’re not keeping well, I’ll cut them up and freeze them.

The garlic is curing in the basement as well. I have a post on harvesting and curing in the works.

The cukes are a bust again this year. The plants died after 2 little cukes. I’ll try planting some more. The zucchini and butternut squash plants are huge and green. I guess they liked all the rain too. I need to find some zucchini recipes.

The carrots will go in within a few weeks. I started cabbage in flats. I’m new at cabbage. I have no idea what I’m doing. I tried direct sowing but it’s too hard to manage with all this heat. I got them to sprout in the flats but they are slow growing and leggy. I’m afraid if I transplant, they are going to wilt and die.

I’d be making the first batch of salsa this weekend if it weren’t for the peppers. I will can the tomatoes instead.

That’s it so far. Happy gardening!

Happy 4th of July!

Each season, I aim for the first ripe tomato by July 4th. I miss it most years by about a week. I wasn’t expecting much this year because of late planting and it’s been such a weird wet early summer. I haven’t been out to visit the garden for a few days because of all the rain. We went out today and look what was there!

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Jersey Devil and Jolly Elf tomatoes

Okay, cherry tomatoes shouldn’t count, they usually are early. But the Jersey Devil tomato is a 90-100 day tomato. I wasn’t expecting it until August.

Other recent garden harvests include garlic, onions, about 6 green beans and a few blueberries before the birds found them.

The first of the onion harvest.

The first of the onion harvest. There’s plenty more still to harvest.

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Big round Patterson Yellow Storage Onion.

I’ll harvest the onions as the tops fall over. They will be cured and stored in the basement.

The tomatoes seem to be doing well despite all the rain. The zucchini and butternuts are finally taking off. Eggplant is blooming and should be fruiting soon. I got a few jalapenos but the pepper plants don’t look good in general. The cukes don’t look great either. Lettuce is done until the weather cools down. The Kale is still growing but should bolt soon.

There are a bunch of volunteer tomatoes growing in and around the compost. I think there’s a cantaloupe growing in there too. I started a flat of cabbage to plant in the fall.

That’s about it for garden updates for now. I hope everyone is having a good summer!

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