Plugging away in the Vegetable Garden

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It seems like my garden progress has slowed to a crawl in the last few weeks.  Since my vacation planting marathon that saw us get most of the garden planted, I have let the last few planting and mulching chores drag on.  It is a busy time of year especially for Em whose photography season is kicking into full gear which leaves me alone to watch the maniacs most weekends.  I keep telling her I need to get a lot of garden work done on weekends, I can’t always be babysitting the kids.  That doesn’t go over very well.  Apparently it is not babysitting when they are your own kids- that is just called your life!

Despite all the scheduling conflicts the vegetable garden is looking good and I am pretty happy with the progress.  I am hoping to have the last few plantings done this weekend and then tackle the rest of the garden mulching.  Here is how the garden is looking today…

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The peas were the first thing in the ground in the vegetable garden.   They are growing well and reaching to tie themselves to the cages and supports.  I am pretty excited to start harvesting these as it has been 2 years since the last crop of peas grew.

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The beans were the second crop in and just like the peas I am soon expecting my first harvest in 2 years.   I was hoping the tight spacing would minimize weeds but that hasn’t been the case and I will have to get in there and do some weeding soon.  I haven’t had anymore damage to the bean plants from whatever nemesis chewed off a few of them and some of the damaged plants regrew so I am happy with that.

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All the varieties of tomatoes are flowering and the cherry tomatoes are starting to grow little fruits.  I lost 2 “Jet Star” tomato plants and I purchased another seedling pack and replanted them.  Other then that I have had no issues with the tomatoes.

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My summer squash has taken a beating from cucumber beetles and squash bugs.  I am still vacuuming the summer squash and cucumbers daily.  The larger zucchinis are bouncing back now and starting to grow.  I have replanted 6 summer squash so far.  This is still a situation I am working on, the crop as a whole seems pretty far behind schedule.

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The cucumbers are doing well.  They are flowering and have tiny fruits growing.  They are climbing their homemade trellises pretty good so far.  I have lost 4 plants, but with around 90 still left I am in good shape.

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Little tiny sweet peppers are starting to grow and most plants are flowering.  I have barely looked at these since I planted them.  They have always been my most reliable crop.

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Despite a poor spot in the garden the tomatillos seems to be thriving.  I am concerned they won’t ripen in time based on the amount of shade they are receiving but we will just have to see how it goes.

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The lettuce I planted using seed tape is coming up now in nice little rows.  So far so good with my seed tape experimenting.

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The radishes, beets, and carrots are all springing to life and I will need to start thinning.  As always the radishes are way ahead of the game and I hope to start harvesting a little row at a time and replanting in the next few weeks.

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My blueberries are flourishing and this has been my best surprise of the year.

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All the raspberry bushes are are flowing with tiny little berries starting to develop.  I am looking forward to homemade raspberry jam.

New to the garden since the last update…

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I finally worked up the nerve to plant my broccoli despite no luck in trapping my garden nemesis the groundhog.  27 plants in 2 rows are in the ground with my fingers crossed.

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The groundhogs second favorite snack, cabbage. I planted 18 plants in all.  I am hoping to try homemade sauerkraut this year.

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I forgot all about celery.  I don’t know how.  It is a staple of my garden herbs mix and I use dried celery leaf year round.  My solution was to inter-plant it with the tomatoes.  I have planted 6 in one row and I will probably go back for some more seedlings to do another row.  I had 6 plants in the back of my greenhouse that were dying so I put those 6 in containers hoping to bring them back to life.

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Pac Choi was a last minute purchase at the greenhouse.  I have never grown it before but the seedling looked so good I had to try it.  I planted 6 plants in 3 separate containers.

plugging away in the garden ghost pepper-1

One tiny little Bhut Jolokia pepper seedling.  I tried germinating 6 cells with these “ghost peppers” and after almost 3 months I have one plant the size of a fingernail.  I am going to try to baby this guy along and maybe keep the container inside a greenhouse all year.

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My brother in law George dropped off some of his extra Serrano pepper plants and I tossed them into containers.  I look forward to trying them, I have never grown that variety of hot pepper before.

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The garden is coming together and looking as good as it ever has.

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In the upcoming weeks I will plant the last rows with chard and kale then start tackling the newspaper and hay pathways.  Once that is done it will be time to do a little weeding, harvesting, and replanting.

 

Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.