Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013 - Garden Update

Well if it is the end of July you know the garden is hitting full-speed ahead !

This year I planted a few things differently - like giving up on my dream of enough tomatoes that I could can some for the winter. I planted a lot of sunflowers in the veggie garden after a couple of years of seeing them struggle on the back hill against the deer. Plus they bring the bees in and you need them for pollinating.

Well - I can tell you I have a jungle made out of vines from my pumpkin, cantaloupe, honeydew, zucchini and yellow squash plants. I have a bunch of corn and really tall sunflowers. I have 2 of them that are about 12 feet tall... and the rest over 8 ft. They are pretty impressive especially now when they have started to bloom. The "small" ones are 6 feet tall!

I have some corn and got to eat 2 early cobs this weekend.. and every summer it is a highlight of the season. If you have never eaten sweet corn that was just picked you need to find some and do it! The difference in taste is remarkable because the sugar in sweet corn starts loosing it's "sweetness" within a few hours of being picked. I have even eaten a freshly picked cob raw... yep.. raw. 
The squash plants are overachieving again and the goats were the benefactors of that bounty.. a good 10 lbs of squash they were fed because it was too big to eat. I planted a new little "summer squash" which is a globe one, and they were good. Here are the pictures from the weekend...
Casey supervising in the yard.


Sunflower with bee - this is on zoom because it is too tall for me to get that close

Front sunflower is about 9 ft tall - the one behind it is 12ft



pumpkin flower and bee

Baby Pumpkin - I better get more than just 1 this year!

Cantaloupe

Honeydew
To give you a sense of the size of these flowers. That brick wall behind them is 6 feet tall. 
New summer squash


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only tomato plant that is doing anything, but none are ripe yet

Basil is growing well in the beds

Squash, corn, plums and grapefruit from my yard

Vine area from my deck.. it is a jungle!

Sunflowers from my deck


more sunflowers

Corn
Julie