Vegetable Gardens July 2013
Garlic comes out of the garden tonight! Snap peas are already being harvested (and eaten). I have beautiful pumpkin plants growing exponentially by the day, and I’ll train them through the corn when they get long enough to see if that works as a natural mulch. The carrots are coming up tall and strong, and I added more seeds in the spaces between to get a second harvest…I don’t have any mulch though so I hope the ground doesn’t get a crust on it that the seedlings can’t break through. I’ll try to keep it wet enough!
Lettuce is looking lovely, I am once again lucky there aren’t any beasts who prefer green leafies. Corn is starting to overwhelm, they righted themselves after a few of them blew over! Kale is also coming up quickly, I’m sure I’ll have to thin it out soon. I don’t need more than six plants. I may have overdone it again this year and will probably be giving it away by the bagful. I wanted to sell it at the Vars Farmer’s Market but that’s not happening anymore so not sure where it’s all going to go…
I’m a bit concerned about my pepper plants. This would be the second year in a row they haven’t thrived quickly, and although I’m sure they’ll catch up, I do see pepper plants in other gardens that are already bushy and producing fruit. I will have to test the soil and see what I could do in that respect, since the rain has been amazing this year as opposed to last year’s drought.
The perennial vegetable garden has two rhubarb plants and four asparagus in it. I’ve already made two Rhubarb Crisps, and next year we will be able to harvest the asparagus. The only tricky part is keeping the weeds down in that garden. In fact, the location of both of the gardens is close to a field of weeds, and my choice to not mulch this year has me reconsidering last year’s love affair with the stuff.
The community garden has tomato plants, cucumbers, and watermelons in it – and I’m starting to wonder if I should build my own raised beds with mushroom compost! I can’t believe how well everything is doing, and how quickly the cukes sprouted. There’s fewer weeds, and no ants!