Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/9/14

What a week it’s been in the garden! The temperature hasn’t been too bad this week – mostly in the upper 80s. (Better than mid-90s!) Things are growing, veggies are ripening, and it actually rained. I’ve got lots of pics to share with you.

FLOWERING:

My gladioli are blooming, and I have cut glads in vases around my house. If you missed the pics, see my post, Glad for Gladioli.

My Seminole pumpkin vine got its first flower this weekend. It was a female. (No males yet. Hmm…)

Female pumpkin flower

Female pumpkin flower

The only squash variety in my garden that is NOT c. moschata is my Tondo Scuro di Piacenza, which is an heirloom round zucchini. It’s a c. pepo variety, which is more susceptible to the squash vine borer. I have a female flower that may have been pollinated…

Tondo Scuro di Piacenza zucchini flower/fruit

Tondo Scuro di Piacenza zucchini flower/fruit

….but may not make it to maturity because the squash vine borer DID get to the vine.

Squash vine borer damage on Tondo Scuro di Piacenza zucchini vine

Squash vine borer damage on Tondo Scuro di Piacenza zucchini vine

My white acorn plants got attacked, as well, and also may not make it. The borers attacked further up the vine from the collars. 😦

FRUITING:

Fortunately, my Black Futsu and Betterbush butternut squash seem to be doing well so far. Here’s my biggest Black Futsu squash (after I sprayed with a milk solution to ward against powdery and downy mildew).

Black Futsu squash

Black Futsu squash

I picked some cucumbers this weekend. Here are some of my Israeli cucumbers on the vine.

Beit Alpha cucumber

Beit Alpha cucumber

These grew so low to the ground, one looks like he’s sitting.

Beit Alpha cucumbers

Beit Alpha cucumbers

I found my first eggplant this week!

Black Beauty eggplant

Black Beauty eggplant

I now have four honeydew melons growing, along with a white watermelon. Then, I found my first of two cantaloupes.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

While walking around my garden yesterday, I found my first ripe tomato! <Giggle>

Rutgers tomato ~ first to ripen in the garden

Rutgers tomato ~ first to ripen in the garden

GROWING:

My Glass Gem corn is taller than me now! Every day, I look to see if the tassel stalks are growing yet.

Glass Gem corn

Glass Gem corn

HARVESTS:

I have so many harvest pictures from this week that I have to put them in tomorrow’s post. Meanwhile, you can look at my garlic harvest pictures here and these closeups of my garlic and Red Creole onion.

Italian Softneck garlic

Italian Softneck garlic

Red Creole onion

Red Creole onion

Here’s a picture of my kitchen sink the day I harvested the “greens” (orach, lettuce, spinach, chard, purslane). The first true sign of summer is a farmer’s kitchen!

A farmer's kitchen

A farmer’s kitchen

To see all the wonderful harvests I gathered in the past week, see Garden Bounty.

What are you harvesting from your garden?

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