Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Garden Report

Becky at Twisted Fencepost has been giving weekly garden reports. So here's an update, but without photos because Blogger is so slow tonight I'd never get this post written. Actually, I should lay the blame where it belongs and that is with Hughesnet, our satellite Internet provider. It beats dial-up but not by much. So, sans photos, here's what's going on in the gardens:

Tomatoes are ripening, the Early Girls of course being the first on the table. We put them out early so we're seeing early results.

Corn is ready! The Early Sunglow was planted on April 20th I believe, and Larry picked the first ears last night. 4th of July corn has always been an out-of-reach goal, but not this year. We'll have plenty when our company arrives on Friday and Saturday.

Beans, beans and more beans. Larry has sold a couple bushels, we've given away bags and bags, I've put up 22 quarts, and they've just begun. Methinks we planted too many. Most fun are the rattlesnake beans and they are producing heavily. The flat Roma beans are doing well too.

Cabbage is ready; these are the baby cabbages I'm trying this year. Supposedly one head is just enough for a meal. It is always a challenge to eat a normal cabbage when there's only the two of us. The Savoy cabbage is just beginning to head.

Broccoli is coming in too, and I'm happy about that because last year it was a bust. I hope to be able to freeze some this year.

Carrots and potatoes have been ready for a while. Larry planted cucumbers in place of the peas so the cuke vines can climb the pea trellis and we should have late cukes.

Lettuce turned bitter with the heat. The third planting is suffering from the kittens forays into the bed, but the fourth planting is coming on.

Dill is ready to harvest, but the cukes aren't ready yet! Darn, bad timing on my part.

The new herb garden struggles along. The kitten is a problem, and probably being in a new place hasn't helped much but I'm still hopeful. Basil, especially Thai basil, is doing great.

Peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and butternut squash all look good at this point, and the peppers are already setting on so we should be picking some pretty soon.

That's about it. Larry is working hard to keep up with everything and he's done a great job so far. One of the best things about a garden is being able to give stuff away to visitors. We might not have a lot of money, but food? Got that.


Janie B said...

Mmmm...making me hungry!

Angela said...

It all sounds sooooo good Granny Sue! The tomatoes are still green in our garden. Deer got the beans and the banana peppers.

I went to collect some elderberry flowers to try to make some of your jelly but the little flowers on the main flower isn't completely bloomed out yet. I'm assuming they need to be in order to make the jelly??? When they are ready I am ready to give it a try!

Country Whispers said...

Granny Sue... I received your lavender wand today in the mail. It is so pretty and it smells wonderfu. Thank you so much!
Your garden sounds like it is doing great. I'm still waiting for that first tomato but I have lots and lots of zucchini and I picked my first peppers the other day. I have never had 4th of July corn before but this year we are going to. The green beans have been the only thing that flopped this year. Better luck with them next year maybe.

Granny Sue said...

Angela, the flowers should be open. Elderberry blooms tend to have some open and some not on the same cluster--some of the unopened ones made it into the pot, of course, but not too many. Let me know how yours comes out. We like it.

Granny Sue said...

I'm glad you like the wand, Jessica! They are so easy to make. If you have lavender, give it a try.

Twisted Fencepost said...

You all definitely plant more than I do. I just don't have time to keep up with it. But next year I'm planning to have a second garden. And maybe a seperate place for herbs. This year I'm just getting my feet wet with them. I'd like to grow and preserve a lot of my own.

speedymac77 said...

Here in zone 3, I dream about eating from the garden before the end of July.

If I ever move, I will move south to a less severe winter. Last year we went a whole 2 months without it snowing!! :)

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