So far July has been a lot of small maintenance tasks in the garden and harvesting a little bit of everything.
July 3 July 7
Chocolate Peppers and Cayenne Peppers are slowly coming along, they will need a bed for themselves next year for a larger total yield. Picked a little bit of all the greens to make a pesto. This includes: Genovese Basil, Sweet Basil, Purple Ruffles Basil, Thai Basil, Mrs. Burns’ Lemon Basil, Summer Savory, Spearmint, and Peppermint.
July 3 July 7
July 3: Clockwise from top Left, Hillbilly, Paul Robeson, Yellow Perfection, Garden Peach (has a fuzzy skin), Yellow Oleron.
July 7: From Left, Yellow Perfection, Hillbilly, Yellow Oleron
Clockwise from Left: Yellow Perfection, Box Car Willie, Blondkopfchen, Hillbilly, Oleron Yellow, German Chamomile. Chamomile is generally harvested on a daily basis and dried. This is a general representation from one days picking. Note that when dried, my year to date harvest is only about a handful of dried Chamomile.
Since this is our first time growing these beauties, here are some up and close personal shots of some tomato flesh:
The Garden itself is still growing well for the most part. The big producers are not having many issues, especially since fertilizing, no more rusty colored leaves, and new fruit is developing well.
Outside tomatoes are still teasing us, upwards growth has slowed down and fruit development seems to be given priority for now.
Left: If you remember the Paul Robeson shot from the last post, it literally ripened overnight!
Right: Blondkopfchen, about 5 ripened year to date and eaten as soon as they are off the plant. Yum!
A second tier of netting was placed over the Greenhouse watermelon:
Watermelon arms are very fragile, I have to chide myself to be gentle as I weave them through the netting, a few have already snapped, but in reality this bed is already crowded so it shouldn’t be that bad in the long run.
Outside the watermelon is focused on the growth of the established melons, vine growth is almost nonexistent. We are not sure if the fruit should be left laying on the ground or left to lay on something (tinfoil has been suggested), how do you support your Watermelon on the ground or in the air?
Wanna see the 7 Watermelon Babies?
After extensive exploration, we were able to locate the name tags for this bed and they are: Hopi Yellow (Probably the striped melon), Dessert King (Probably the lighter skinned melon), and Black Diamond (Most likely the darker skinned melon). From these three varieties, I would venture to say that the Black Diamond is the quickest producer (this is the plant the ill-fated prematurely picked watermelon came from).
The Eggplant bed is surviving. But continues to have major issues.
July 8: The Malabar Red Spinach is happy and growing bushy leaves and finding its way to the waiting trellis. The Eggplant has ants on it. They are red and black ants that congregate at the top of the plant and it appears they are sucking out the juices of the plant. They have not eaten away all the leaf matter which leads us to believe they may not be leaf cutter ants. There are three Eggplant babies, they don’t seem to be growing much bigger (probably due to ant-related stress). Seems Eggplant wasn’t meant to be this Year.
The Bean and Corn bed is well, though it really ought to be renamed the Corn and Summer Savory Bed, since the gopher mostly only tends to eat the Beans, leaving (most) of the Summer Savory and all of the corn.
July 3 July 8
We were lucky that on July 3, although the roots were eaten, there were some beans that were developed enough to be picked. See?! The gopher may eat most of the beans, but he left some for us too! This bed will be allowed to grow until the Corn is harvested, then it will be redone to prevent underground visitors.
On that note, when do you pick your corn? What are your tell-tale signs that it is ready?
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