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.

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