Okra, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic, Cabbage, Strawberries, Beets, Carrots, Peas, Potatoes, Squash, Watermelons, Zucchini.
I need to plant cucumbers where those peas are, but I’m giving them ONE MORE week before they are evicted.
We have picked two or three Sugar Baby watermelons so far this month. They are a nice size to fit into an already crowded fridge.
And then, way down here (where only the most dedicated readers will read) I’ll make an offer. If you would like to try this variety of melon next year, just let me know and I’ll send you some of the seeds. First 3 who ask will get seeds in the mail, as long as you ask before August, 2008 is over. You’ll need AT LEAST a 4×4 foot space to grow these, and to make it fit in that space you’ll have to keep turning the vines back in again every couple days. Mine are growing in a 6×8 foot raised bed, and there ended up being about 6 vines. It is also possible, although a LOT of WORK to grow this watermelon on a trellis. When trellising this melon, you have to sling the fruits so their own weight doesn’t break them off the vine in the wind.
The lettuces are done. They never made a head…it just got too warm for them and now they are bitter and milky inside. I pulled all of them out. We did eat 5 or 6 salads from the garden.
The last bed of radishes did not form bulbs…headless! All carrots are coming along slowly, very slowly.
The broccoli is definitely done and I pulled all of them, even the small ones that hadn’t made anything to eat yet. The cauliflower failed completely, so I pulled some of them and will pull the rest tomorrow. Maybe after I raise the beds higher next year I’ll have better luck with those two.
The cucumber vines are starting to grow. I can see a little baby cucumber once in a while but I can’t find it the next day. I’m starting to think I’m not going crazy and that a squirrel or bird or slug or something is taking them.
The zucchini is doing great and has quite a few little veggies growing along for me.
The green peppers, jalapenos, etc are still very small, very slow growing. I hope they start putting on some size soon and maybe setting some veggies too.
The peas look horrible. They got started too late because the early planting rotted in the ground. This is a strange wet year.
The watermelons and cantaloupe are growing vines slowly. I’m not too hopeful about them.
The jackolanterns and pumpkin gourds are doing GREAT. Taking up a lot of space and growing like crazy…bigger every day.
The green beans seem to be doing fine. I have them planted in three 4×3 foot sections, planted every 10 days or so to stagger the harvest a bit. I’ll attempt one more planting of green beans in the bed where the broccoli and cauliflower were, probably early this week.
Today I built a trellis for the supposedly smaller tomatoes that I was planning to just stake up with a short stake. I wish I could show some pictures but our very nice digital camera is broken. I’ll have to grab a cheapie for the time being. I wouldn’t want to lose my loyal fans for lack of pictures.
I transplanted a few extra cucumber plants to a container on the back porch. We have an old aluminum roof/awning and I’m going to let these cucumbers climb the roof legs. It might even look decorative.
There is a rather big party here on the 4th of July. I have to get the garage cleaned up nice enough to serve food in (which will include moving the table saw back into the back corner). I probably need to move the lumber that was/will be the tree house but I don’t know where else to put it. I could put it outside the fence, but if the creek floods again it will all float away. It might just have to stay put as an ugly eyesore in the middle of the yard. Maybe I’ll get started on putting it back up…I do have 2 full weeks and then some.