July Garden Overview

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IMG_1089For comparison purposes (April, May, June):

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Here’s the right side of the garden, in June and now. You’ll note the squash has been quite pleased with the hot weather we’ve had.

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Right now this is the height of the growing season, and  I’ve had slight lull in the work with everything planted.  But there’s only a few more weeks before everything starts needing picking and cooking and freezing and canning.  And I’m starting to get reminders that I need to start seeds for the fall and winter garden soon!

Things I did this month:

  • Harvest all the garlic!  Garlic post upcoming.
  • Planted more flowers in the back bed.
  • Planted sweet potatoes in the former lettuces bed.
  • Planted my dry farm tomato experiments.  Tomato post upcoming.
  • Put up the new fence on the right edge of the garden.

Things I still need to do:

  • Am I ever going to get around to planting potatoes?
  • Plant dry-farm squash.
  • Harvest and dry onions.
  • Plant more green beans, carrots, beets.
  • Start planning for the fall and winter garden.
  • Buy lumber for the new beds in the top right corner.
  • Continue mowing.

June Garden Overview

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The garden is now very nearly fully planted and, at the moment, well-mowed.  Here’s a pic of the right-side of the garden, from ground level:

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There’s not much here because I took out two beds at the far end of the garden, and haven’t put them back yet.  And these are the melon and squash beds, which are just starting to get going.  Cucumbers will go up that trellis in the middle.

Things I did this last month:

  • Planted melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, summer squash, sunflowers, green beans, and cilantro.
  • Planted more of carrots, beets, kale.
  • Continually eating bok choy, spinach, lettuces, kale, broccoli.

Things I still need to do this month:

  • Plant Potatoes.
  • Plant Sweet potatoes.
  • Fill in remaining spaces with flowers or herbs.
  • Finish the fence at the back of the garden.
  • Keep mowing.

 

 

Bok Choy, and Sadness

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No vegetable garden is perfect every year; there’s lots that goes wrong.  In the interest of honest garden blogging here is a good-sized head of bok choy that was nibbled to death by bugs.  And if the other heads of bok choy I harvested yesterday are any indication, it is also probably completely full of earwigs.

Fortunately vegetable garden failures can all be recycled via the chickens into eggs.