Fruits of Our Labor

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

July 8
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:

Paul Robeson                                                 Yellow Oleron

Garden Peach                                                       Box Car Willie

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.

Greenhouse Tomatoes are in full swing, at least two fruits have been harvested from every Tomato plant. Yellow Perfection, Hillbilly and Oleron Yellow have had the greatest yields so far.

July 8

July 3, Yellow Oleron and Garden Peach on the vine.

Outside tomatoes are still teasing us, upwards growth has slowed down and fruit development seems to be given priority for now.

July 8

July 3
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:

July 8
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?

July 8

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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21 Responses to Fruits of Our Labor

  1. Shawn Ann says:

    Looks like your garden is doing quite well! Lots of tomatoes! Are those chocolate peppers a hot or sweet pepper? You have a very nice garden!

  2. Wow, I hope all of your watermelons make good melons! That’s also an impressive variety of basil that you’re growing.

  3. I love the look of those Hillbilly tomatoes. What is your favorite flavor of the ones you are growing this year?

  4. Pick sweet corn when the silk thoroughly dry. With some (but not all) varieties the ears also get plumper as harvest time approaches. If you think the silk is well dried, you can peel back the husk a bit to check the kernels. Even peels back it will keep a few days on the stalk, though it may be more inviting to animals. If your garden is not fenced any wild animals will pick at the right time.

  5. Lisa says:

    Very impressive!

  6. zentMRS says:

    Beautiful tomatoes and basil! I have the same question about corn – last year (our first year growing it) we just sort of picked it when we thought it might be ready. I think we waited a bit too long, but it was still good.

  7. What a lovely array of tomato varieties — they look absolutely delicious!

  8. maryhysong says:

    mary’s veg garden has dead on advice on when to pick your corn. Lovely harvests and you must really be looking forward to those melons!

  9. Jenny says:

    Love the marbling on Paul Robertson tomato and those melons are so big! Mine are just starting to form so not sure if will have enough time to ripen.

  10. Norma Chang says:

    Very impressive variety of tomatoes and watermelon. Sorry about the gopher problem, I have not seen any yet and hope I do not.

  11. Your tomato varieties are just gorgeous! I haven’t heard of a few of them until now…I must further investigate 🙂

  12. My husband is obsessed with our watermelon. We planted our’s in a 4′ x 8′ bed. I planted 2 and now I see that I could of done well with just one. I always tend to over do. 🙂 A few weeks ago we built a trellis around the watermelon and we now have two growing on the trellis. My husband supports them by hammocking (if thats a word) the fruit on the trellis. For the ones that are growing on the grown, we put pine straw under them to protect them from hitting the ground. I have read that you can use landscape fabric also and poke holes so the water can flow through properly. Your watermelons look great!

    • We have 3 watermelon in a 3×8 bed…. they are producing but I’ll bet we could have just done one in the bed and have it explode…. we also have about 6 different varieties we want to try so…. plant ’em up! Thanks for the advice on hammocking, straw underneath, and landscape fabric with holes.

  13. Mark Willis says:

    A very impressive array of plants there – especially the tomatoes. I love tomatoes, and the challenge of growing them in our less-than-ideal climate here in the UK. Like you, I usually grow several different varieties (mainly in the hope that some of them will enjoy the weather, whereas I know they won’t all enjoy it!)

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    Your variety and range of tomatoes is amazing. And I love the look of your growing watermelons. What a bountiful garden you have.

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