June 30, 2016

The last of the Tokyo Longs were pulled today. So delicious and mild.

The last of the Tokyo Longs were pulled today. So delicious and mild.

A lot will happen in a garden in a months time. It tickles me to look at these pictures and see how much everything has grown in four weeks.

The last of the Tokyo Longs were pulled today. It’s just getting too hot out there for them to do well. The garlic bed was dug up on June 5th and there were 97 heads out of 100. They are spread out over newspaper in a cool room drying for at least a few more weeks. I am culling out and using right away any that look like poor keepers.

The leeks in the peat pots are holding their own and they will go in the ground when it cools down some. The ones I am trying to make clones of in the big blue pot are struggling. I have moved them several time, one bunch outright died and they do not like this heat! We will be planting another batch of seeds soon to get a fall crop in.

Yellow straightneck and zucchini

Yellow straight neck and zucchini – they are really taking off.

The Cushaw has grown a lot but not as much as I thought it would. Nonetheless it has several small squashes on it. The one you see is about seven inches long.

The Cushaw has grown a lot but not as much as I thought it would. Nonetheless it has several small squashes on it. The one you see is about seven inches long.

The potatoes are still growing. Keep plenty of loose straw mulch on them to keep out the light and to keep them from cooking in the ground. We dig a few now and then for dinner.

The potatoes are still growing. Keep plenty of loose straw mulch on them to keep out the light and to keep them from cooking in the ground. We dig a few now and then for dinner.

Gene and I were shocked to see these "potato cherries" as we initially called them sometime back. WE both just stood there not knowing what to say. How could something like that have found its way to the potato bed??! Potatoes will make fruit and potato seed given the right conditions and apparently we had just that this year. DO NOT EAT! These ARE poisonous.

Gene and I were shocked to see these “potato cherries” as we initially called them sometime back. We both just stood there not knowing what to say. How could something like that have found its way to the potato bed??! Potatoes will make fruit and potato seed given the right conditions and apparently we had just that this year. DO NOT EAT! These ARE poisonous.

The Black Japanese Trifele and the Celebrity have grown a couple feet taller, are covered in blooms and many small tomatoes. No ripe ones here yet.

The Black Japanese Trifele and the Celebrity have grown a couple feet taller, are covered in blooms and many small tomatoes. No ripe ones here yet.

The Black Krim and Green Zebra tomatoes in the kitchen garden. The second ripe  Krim is ready to eat and more on teh way. First zebra also a couple days ago. This bed also contains marigold, onions (soon to be pulled) and a few basil plants.

The Black Krim and Green Zebra tomatoes in the kitchen garden. The second ripe Krim is ready to eat and more on the way. First zebra also a couple days ago. This bed also contains marigold, onions (soon to be pulled) and a few basil plants.

A broken Black Krim branch transplanted in the dirt. If it makes a few roots before the next wave of heat it will make a fine tomato plant. The cardboard box is protecting it from the high sun and is removed as soon as the dappled shade approaches.

A broken Black Krim branch transplanted in the dirt. If it makes a few roots before the next wave of heat it will make a fine tomato plant. The cardboard box is protecting it from the high sun and is removed as soon as the dappled shade approaches.

These Red Marconi were originally planted on the east fence in the cornfield garden. They almost died. Too little sun because of the treeline. So I dug up their straggly little selves and transplanted them into pots and moved them to the west fenceline. They are so happy to be here and in pots. Plenty of azomite and compost they are loaded with blooms and peppers.

These Red Marconi were originally planted on the east fence in the cornfield garden. They almost died. Too little sun because of the treeline. So I dug up their straggly little selves and transplanted them into pots and moved them to the west fenceline. They are so happy to be here and in pots. Plenty of azomite and compost they are loaded with blooms and peppers.

The lemon grass is happy here surrounded by volunteer zinnias. I use it to make a pleasant tea and in teh occasional Thai soup. It is a pretty addition to an herb garden.

The lemon grass is happy here surrounded by volunteer zinnias. I use it to make a pleasant tea and in an occasional Thai soup. It is a pretty addition to an herb garden.

The dill is getting really tall.

The dill is getting really tall.

I will probably be sorry some day buy finally peppermint is growing. Love that fresh peppermint tea.

I will probably be sorry some day buy finally peppermint is growing. Love that fresh peppermint tea.

Part of the herb beds - a tomatillo graces this end, then parsley, rosemary and firther on the dill and lemongrass.

Part of the herb beds – a tomatillo graces this end, then parsley, rosemary and further on the dill and lemongrass.

Clemson Spineless okra giving us enough for fried okra every couple days. They are shading a small patch of lettuce and you can see the old lettuce going to see on the right.

Clemson Spineless okra giving us enough for fried okra every couple days. They are shading a small patch of lettuce and you can see the old lettuce going to seed on the right.

The pole beans are massive! Harvesting a handful or two each day is enough to cook a mess every couple days or just add them to something.

The pole beans are massive! A handful every day is all we need for cooking right now. Notice the edamame bed and further back the sunflowers.

Not my favorite bean these contender poles get too big too fast. Very tasty when small though.

Not my favorite bean these contender poles get too big too fast. Very tasty when small though.

Just before the last picking of bush beans the area is now resting. Chives and oregano in the front in big pots.

Just before the last picking of bush beans. The area is now resting. Chives and oregano in the front in big pots.

The bush beans were very productive and I canned beans four times before giving out. They are now part of the compost pile and some leftovers have been planted in that area. More squash, a stray jalapeno plant and a broken tomato branch that may or may not thrive.

Eating cucumbers daily now and just enough!

Eating cucumbers daily now and just enough!

Finally got some Genovese basil in the ground. We used sheet mulching around it - several layers of newspaper covered with grass clippings. No weed yet! Pinch those stems for a much larger harvest.

Finally got some Genovese basil in the ground. We used sheet mulching around it – several layers of newspaper covered with grass clippings. No weeds yet! Pinch those stems for a much larger harvest.

Finally deciding to GROw is this "I forgot the name" melon. Just today it is blooming as small as it is.

Finally deciding to grow is this “I forgot the name” melon. Just today it is blooming as small as it is.

The little pot of carotts bit the dust but it was a good experiment. I will plant them in the ten inch black pots this fall every week or so and get back with you about it.

The eggplant looks pathetic. Flea beetles. Yellow sticky traps did not work. Insecticidal soap almost daily knocks them back a bit. I am now going to make wire cages with lightweight remay down to the ground and see if I can’t stop them. In spite of that we have eaten a couple Ping Tungs in salads and such.

The coriander is still drying  and is a tangled mess in the garden! Soon that too will be done.

All the baby plants got planted, squash, pepper, basils, etc. Marideth just gave me three fennel plants! Yikes! Where to plant? They don’t like to be near anything and I will have to make a “special place” for them.

These edamame have been in  since ___. Garlic was in this bed most recently.

These edamame have been in since ___, about a week after the garlic was dug.

Recent red onion harvest. Love them in salads and on sandwiches!

Recent red onion harvest. Love them in salads and on sandwiches!

Corn went in a little late but it is doing nicely. Bodacious in back and Peaches and Cream in front.

Corn went in a little late but it is doing nicely. Bodacious in back and Peaches and Cream in front. Those black spots are blood meal, compost and worm castings.

The Hulgelkultur continues to evolve. We add dirt, full, misc yard waste when there is extra.We hope it will be ready this spring.

The Hulgelkultur continues to evolve. We add dirt, fill, misc yard waste when there is extra.We hope it will be ready this spring.

We've spotted several Luna moths this spring. This one the most recent.

The most recent of several Luna moths spotted here this spring.

This is the tallest of the sunflowers. It measures over nine feet tall now and has dozens of blossoms on it. The birds are keeping a close eye on it.

This is the tallest of the sunflowers. It measures over nine feet now and has dozens of blossoms on it. The birds are keeping a close watch.

Last but certainly not least my pride and joy – the sunflowers. I am so loving these giant flowers.

signature, Sarah

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