Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/7/14

This week was crunch week at work (for fiscal year end), so I didn’t get out in the garden as much as I wanted to. Also, Hurricane Arthur breezed by our coast on Thursday, July 3. It was cloudy and a little breezy, but my garden got only 0.2 inches of rain. I was hoping for at least an inch or so. Oh, well. Better than getting a deluge, eh? So, the hurricane had absolutely no effect on my garden, thankfully.

WHAT’S NEW:

The Dixie Speckled Butterpeas I planted last week came up in four days! Here they are just coming out of the ground.

Dixie Speckled Butterpeas ~ 4 days post planting

Dixie Speckled Butterpeas ~ 4 days post planting

Remember my mystery melon plant? Seed from a cantaloupe or a honeydew survived my compost pile and is growing in one of my beds. Yesterday, I discovered this melon growing. What do YOU think it is?

First mystery (feral) melon

First mystery (feral) melon

IN THE GARDEN:

I’ve learned to make sure I check my melons more often. One of my canteloupes was overripe and split open. What a waste. This one is close to being ripe, so I’ll be checking it daily.

Cantaloupe ripening

Cantaloupe ripening

With my cucumber vines spreading up and over (and across) my trellis, I somehow missed this pickling cucumber. It’s overripe and too bitter to eat.

Overripe pickling cucumber

Overripe pickling cucumber

My first rich sweetness melon is starting to ripen. Look at the color!

Rich Sweetness melon ripening

Rich Sweetness melon ripening

My first pumpkin is starting to ripen, too. This variety of pumpkin is small – about 7″ in diameter – but it seems to be very productive. I have several pumpkins on the two vines I have, and they are VERY resistant to insects and disease!! I can’t wait to taste this. It’s sweeter than a butternut squash, and it keeps for a year at room temperature. I’m already impressed with this variety.

Seminole pumpkin ripening

Seminole pumpkin ripening

The ears on my Glass Gem corn are thickening up!

Glass Gem corn ears

Glass Gem corn ears

My new grape vines don’t seem to be doing well. Their leaves aren’t very green and look unhealthy. I fertilized them last week, and I’ll give them some epsom salt foliar spray this week. I hope it helps. They’re not growing as quickly as I think they should, either. My Marquis and Reliant grape vines haven’t even grown as high as the fence. My Concord grape vine has one branch up and over the fence, so this is my largest vine.

Concord grape vine

Concord grape vine

The cantaloupe in my compost bin is growing. The fruit is a good size.

Cantaloupe in my compost bin

Cantaloupe in my compost bin

My two Filius blue pepper plants are awesome. Very compact plants are producing dozens of very hot peppers!

Filius Blue pepper plant

Filius Blue pepper plant

The two fernleaf dill plants I have near my front door are in full bloom. Look at these beautiful dill heads!

Fernleaf dill heads

Fernleaf dill heads

Here is a funky cucumber I harvested this week.

Funky cucumber

Funky cucumber

IN THE KITCHEN:

Even with all the tomatoes I’ve been eating and cooking with, I have so many that I had to move things off my kitchen island to make room for them. I think it’s time to put up some tomatoes. (Guess what I’ll be doing after work this week?)

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

I harvested quite a bit of produce this past week. Click here to see this past week’s garden bounty.

What’s happening in your garden?

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