Monday, July 07, 2008

Garden Update - July

So where did June go, anyway? I swear. I can't believe that we are already into July. We celebrated a nice low-key Independence Day at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and fireworks in Coralville (which, by the way, has an incredibly impressive display for a town of its size). Nothing like festival food and an excess displays of gunpowder stemming from our cultural love of war when people would picnic near the battlefield. I'll leave that rant for another day.

Anyway, back to the garden. The beginning of July caused us to admit our first crop failure - the broccoli. Maybe it was the variety we selected. Maybe it was the crazy spring weather we had. Or maybe it was the cabbage worms I found the other morning. At any rate, our once healthy plants were looking pretty sad, so they were all pulled.
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Does this look like broccoli you would eat? This was supposed to be 55 days or so to maturity, and we were well well past that. Rykert's vision of fresh broccoli and a freezer full of our product for the winter has been squashed. Maybe we will try again next year.

Otherwise, all is well in the garden - so far.

The southern bed with the onions and carrots. This bed is looking empty right now since the spinach and lettuce are done and the broccoli has been pulled. We will try to replant with more green beans or maybe some carrots and eventually more lettuce and spinach.
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Our most lush bed. The front is filled with peppers which seem to have stunted growth but are producing peppers. Two bush cucumbers in the middle (filled with blossoms), and beans and celery in the back. The celery was a definite experiment, but is doing well so far. It definitely looks and smells like celery.
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The second 4x4 bed. The front is more peppers. Again these seem stunted, and one is seriously struggling (the replacement bought from the farmer's market a month or so ago). The middle are two eggplants which are actually very pretty plants with pretty blossoms. And the back is filled with herbs: thyme, flat leaf parsley, cilantro, and oregano.
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The tomato bed is definitely thriving. All of our plants have baby tomatoes, and the Early Girls will be ready in the next week or so (which is a bit later than last year, I believe). I've already let them become behemoths, so I can just imagine what they will look like in another month.
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That green bucket was a fantastic investment. I purchased the seat for $4 and it serves double duty as both a weeding seat and as storage for garden tools. Based on the distance the garden is from the house, this is a very good thing. (I will credit the other half of our gardening team with thinking of that.)

Baby tomatoes.
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The bi-color Gerber daisy is long dead, as predicted. The other herbs in pots are doing very well. And the cherry tomato in a pot is becoming sensationally large and filled with clusters of green tomatoes. I predict we will be picking those very soon as well. If the whole thing doesn't just topple over.

General observations: the raised bed are doing well, and not needing as much water as I would have thought. The weeding is not as bad as I would have thought as long as I get out there once or twice a week. I did give almost everything a little fertilizer, Epsom salts, and bone meal this weekend just to help things out. I'll be replanting some of my open squares this week with beans, carrots (maybe), and heat tolerant spinach. I'm already thinking about how to expand next year (more beds may be in our future). Next year I will plant more peas. I also made homemade coleslaw from a cabbage from the farmer's market this weekend, which makes me think we should have heeded my grandma's advice and planted a couple of cabbages.

The beans are turning a bit of a yellow-ish green. There are no bugs present. Anyone know what this might be? They are otherwise healthy and full of blossoms and bean beginnings.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

SockMamaLiz said...

I've heard that everything is looking wimpy this year because the roots didn't develop fully due to the rain... they didn't have to dig deep for moisture so they stayed shallow and therefore are wimping out on us. Just a theory, but it works. I bet you have better luck with the stuff you replant. My broccoli bit the dust, too. Didn't even get heads on it. Bah... next year!

Knittripps said...

Your cucumbers look to be in much better shape than mine!

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