Archive for July, 2010


Produce, produce everywhere!  We’re basically now at a spot where we’re picking fruit and vegetables pretty much daily….and that’s with probably half the garden still not being harvested.  We still haven’t touched the corn, pumpkins, potatoes, peppers, celery, or watermelon and only started to get produce from the strawberries, squash, eggplant, and honeydew melons.  Additionally none of the heirloom tomatoes and few roma tomatoes have ripened at this point.  Basically…we’re busy, but we’re going to get a whole lot busier.

Above left is a picture of Monday’s harvest.  Keep in mind that’s just from Monday…we picked another tray almost equally as big on Friday as well.  Loads of lemon cucumbers and green beans with good showings of several other veggies.  Above right is what a blooming potato bush looks like.  Somewhere under the dirt there are hopefully quite a few potatoes developing.  We won’t know for sure until we harvest them (dig them up) in another month or two.

Above left is a developing sweet corn.  You can plainly see the husk and silk.  The corn is only about half size so far and it’s one of our larger ones.  Still a ways to go before we have sweet corn but from the last couple of weeks you can plainly see that the corn plants themselves are giant.  The pollen on the tassles of the corn needs to be blown down to the husks and pollinate the strands of silk so that kernels will form.  Last year that didn’t happen and we ended up with no corn.  Hopefully with all the additional corn this year it works.  Thus far you can actually see the pollen blowing around when the wind picks up so our hopes are high.  Above right is our first large sunflower to begin opening.  We have probably 6 to 8 large sunflowers and they should all start flowering here very soon.  Should be quite a sight.  The flowers will all be close to a foot across.

Above left are a group of pumpkins that are developing nicely.  We have a lot of pumokins as you can plainly see.  Already we have far more than we did all of last year.  Above right is a group of honeydew melons.  We harvested the largest today and plan on seeing how it turned out a little later after it’s spent some time in the fridge.  Like the pumpkins, we’re going to have a lot of honeydews.  There’s four in this picture alone.

There are some other developments in the garden as well.  As you might be able to see in the pictures the two artichoke plants that were so bountiful and beautiful earlier are now an eyesore.  They may make a comeback next year but will not be given the chance.  Because they were part of the original garden (and as a result are not in the raised planting beds) and are in the way they will be removed and composted…hopefully next week.  Also, one full row of green beans as well as spots elsewhere are beginning to drop off in production and look like they’re dying.  Sam collected beans (seeds) today and we will be ripping those plants out and replanting them with more green beans next week.  We should hopefully begin getting our second crop of green beans sometime in August as a result.  Last, the raspberry plant has been really growing.  There’s not much to show, but in another week or two it will probably be large enough to begin attaching to the iron railing around the raised patio.  It should produce quite a sight once it’s been given time and gets really large…hopefully next year.

Last, our largest watermelon.  It’s probably around half it’s eventual size.  Still a ways to go and not as plentiful as the honeydews but always a favorite.

We actually have some things to show off this week.  Took plenty of pictures after being a little bit lacking in the updates.  Our lunch breaks are starting to get to be hot, sweaty affairs as we get out there most every day to weed, pick, and trim.  Lot’s of work to keep things looking attractive, and even then there’s only so much we can do.  We are reaping the fruits of our labor however with everything from cucumbers, to green beans, tomatoes, and even some strawberries with a whole lot more on the way.

Things are truly getting gigantic at this point.  We didn’t experience anything like this last year…apparently some good, well drained soil can make all the difference in the world.  Take a look at our corn and sunflowers.  Massive.  We have sunflowers now up to 9 feet tall with leaves that are up to a foot and a half across…and they haven’t even flowered yet.  As you can plainly see our corn is now nicely tassling and corn husks have started to appear.  Now we just have to hope that the pollen from those tassles get down and pollinate those strands of silk so we will actually end up with some sweet corn this year.

Top left:  I spent three of the last four days clipping branches off the tomato plants.  They were getting so big and thick that we were having trouble identifying the tomatoes.  As you can see…yes, we’re going to have a few tomatoes.  That’s one plant out of about 20.  Top right:  Our little bundles of celery.  Slow growing, but finally starting to come around.  You can just start to see the celery stalks appear.

Top left:  BIG pumpkin.  Already bigger than anything we grew last year and still growing strong.  You can easily tell it’s bigger every day.  Top right:  More pumpkins.  We’re not going to be lacking for some nice pumpkins this year.  Perhaps a BMLA pumpkin carving contest is in order this year when Halloween comes around.

Top left:  The sweet corn is now more than tall enough to block our composting area.  Here is Sam cutting up some trimmings for composting.  Top right:  One of our most active areas…we dump all our garden waste here to turn in into organic mulch for the future.  You can also see our back bed.  Not as far along as our other beds, nevertheless, the bell and chili peppers and other crops are making progress.  You can still see though that we’re missing bark mulch for the paths still and still have some weeding ahead of us.

Top left:  Our largest Honeydew Melon.  Currently it’s about the size of a small grapefruit (we also have watermelon at a similar size).  Top right:  Kristin’s personal request and the newest addition…a spaghetti squash.

Erin adding some organic fertilizer to the green beans.  These things are prolific.  We’ve already harvested close to 20lbs. of green beans total…with no sign of them slowing down.