Good morning, everyone! I’m back. After a whirlwind work schedule with the auditors, I drove two days to see my family in Rhode Island for a week (then drove two days back). I’m a bit tired, but I had a good time. It was nice to take a break! Of course, now it’s back to the grind – and a garden that is in desperate need of help. While I was away, everything grew (except the veggies) – weeds, grass, vines from the neighbor’s yard – even poison ivy (which my Garden Wilson pulled for me). Meanwhile, my veggie plants are still struggling to produce. But, they keep trying. Come take a look.
IN THE GARDEN:
My okra has grown a little bit, and the pods were huge! Only a handful were fit to eat. The rest made their way to the compost pile. (The large pods are too tough to eat.) Look at the size of these!
My first pumpkin is almost ripe enough to pick. It’s growing on the fence, next to an odd pear-shaped watermelon.
I was checking my shade garden and saw that the Red Beauty fern hasn’t grown much since spring. I’m hoping it will do better when cooler weather arrives. At least it’s alive.
The only tomatoes I got to harvest after my trip were cherry tomatoes. Look at the plants. They look terrible. (Any tomatoes that did grow were overripe and falling apart on the vine.)
Several of my spicy oregano plants look worse now than they did before I left. I’m not sure they’ll “come back” when the weather cools down. We’ll see.
The night before I left town, I harvested everything I could and took much of it with me to share with my family. I also harvested a bunch when I got back. Between the two harvests, I took in 1/4 pound of okra, a tad over 2 pounds of tomatoes, 2 pounds of peppers, almost 6 pounds of squash, a bit less than 1/2 a pound of elderberries, and almost 21 pounds of watermelon!
Produce identification is listed from the top, clockwise.
HARVEST, July 28:
Look at these watermelons! I cut one up to eat that night, and brought the rest home to my family. Sweet!
Some tomatoes and peppers.
HARVEST, August 8:
I harvested my pathetic popcorn when I got back from my trip. I planted Glass Gem popcorn for the second year, but I didn’t take care of it as I should have (fertilizing two to three times during growth and mounding stalks with compost). Not only did the stalks look malnourished, most stalks had no ears on them. The ears that did grow were very small. I might have been able to salvage a dozen or so ears had I not waited too long to harvest them. They were rotting from the rain. So much for that harvest. Lesson learned.
There weren’t too many melons growing, but I harvested these – along with a couple of squash. Look at the odd shape of the Strawberry Watermelon. Rather thin.
I was able to keep a few okra, a bunch of cherry tomatoes, and a few sweet peppers. (My sweet peppers just aren’t growing. The mini yellow stuffing peppers are the only plants with lots of fruit.)
My chili peppers are hanging in there and producing fairly well, considering the heat.
I brought in the last of my elderberries. I have to say, I am quite pleased with what I was able to harvest, considering it’s only my second year with them and I was competing with something that was eating them.
IN THE KITCHEN:
Before I left on my trip, I dehydrated a bunch of serrano and cayenne peppers. I love how they look in my dehydrator.
The night before I left town, I cut up my first Wilson Sweet watermelon. Oh. My. Goodness! It is THE sweetest watermelon I have every grown! This variety is a keeper.
I put the last of my elderberry harvest in the freezer. Look how much I harvested this season. Here’s hoping I have enough for a batch of elderberry syrup.
What’s been happening in your garden and on your homestead?