This was a good week in the garden, with both harvesting and summer planting. I’m way behind in my summer planting I’m afraid. I have some Amish pie pumpkins that I just now started in Smart Pots. They take 90 days to harvest and can weigh up to 90 lbs. Given my late start (they should have been planted in June), I kind of doubt that I’ll get a pumpkin. But if I don’t plant the seeds, for sure I won’t get a pumpkin. Hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
My late-planted miniature Red Kuri, Green Kuri, and Mini Blue Hubbard squash are showing their first female flowers, so I have some hope of getting a winter squash or two.
My second planting of Blue Lake pole beans is up. I planted Cherokee Trail of Tears black pole beans, a new variety for me. In front of the beans, I planted some late carrots and beets.
Is anyone else out there growing sweet potatoes? This is my first year growing them and I don’t know when to harvest them. Do I wait until the vines die back like with white potatoes?
A small handful of blackberries and a small handful of blueberries every few days may not seem like much, but when I put homegrown berries on my cereal, that’s a day when I don’t use a banana shipped up from Central America. Every little bit helps combat global warming.
We had friends over for a vegetarian Mediterranean feast that used a lot of my garden produce: eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, green onion, chard, garlic, lemon, mint, and parsley. I’m out of lettuce and my green beans weren’t quite ready yet, so I used store-bought for the salad Nicoise.
Here’s the week’s harvest for the week ending August 1, 2010.
2 oz. Blackberries
0.5 oz. Blueberries
10.5 oz. Lemon, Eureka (1)
4 oz. Orange, Valencia (1)
12 oz. Peaches (3)
Subtotal fruit 1 lb, 13 oz.
4 oz. Broccoli, Purple (1 head)
9 oz. Chard
5.5 oz. Cucumber, Boston Pickling (2)
10 oz. Eggplant (Millionaire and Pingtung Long) (3)
1.5 oz. herbs (mint and parsley)
4 oz. Komatsuna
12 oz. Onions, Red
2.5 oz. Peppers, Bell (2)
1 lb 4.5 oz. Tomatoes (13)
Subtotal vegetables 4 lbs 6.5 oz. (69 oz.)
TOTAL PRODUCE 6 lbs 3.5 oz. plus 9 eggs
Having been invited to partake of this Mediterranean medley I can say the food was enjoyable as was the company. It was a pleasure to sit on the deck overlooking the garden, listening to the happy chickens nearby. Thanks!
Judi, you’re welcome. I’m going to post today on outdoor living and our new deck seating arrangement.
It all looks yummy….I have had my first ripe tomatoe of the year !!!! LOL…..lots of greens ones on the vine too. I have no idea what variety they are. They are shaped like a roma, yet they are larger. I will get the info from my father on the heirloom tomatoes he has. It is amazing he is still planting seeds from my Grandmother’s tomatoes. She would have been 113 years old this past June.
Love to you all, Tonie
Tonie, email a pic of your tomatoes. George says that they’re covering the bird feeders. Must be a good year for tomatoes. I really want to grow your family’s heirloom tomato seeds next summer, so ask your dad to save some for me.
I have never seen this carrot sowing method. It’s very interesting! Can carrot seedlings grow through the paper?
Yes, Vrtlaricaana, the seeds grow right through the paper. The toilet paper holds the seeds in place so they don’t scatter with watering, and the paper also helps retain moisture until they sprout. Toilet paper degrades quickly, but it lasts long enough to get the seeds going.
Lovely harvest! The spread on that table looks pretty great too. 😀
Thanks, KitsapFG. Wish you could have been here to enjoy the Mediterranean buffet.
Your meal looks delish. Yum. I keep debating what to do about carrots next year. I go back and forth on the best way to plant them. I think the burlap method works best for me, but I hate smelly burlap.
Hi Daphne. I didn’t even think about burlap. That would stay in place better than the toilet paper does. I have to weight down the paper with a bit of dirt before putting the seeds down.
I like your carrot planting method, in that you don’t have to bother with glue to keep the seeds on the toilet paper. I might just have to try this for my fall planting of carrots. Also wanted to say that your outdoor living space looks so inviting and wonderful!
Hi there Lou!
I just found your garden site. Thanks for shareing this with us, it is very lovely! I’m a new gardener. And live here in Long Beach, CA . I’m growing some nice things. Is it too late I wonder to begin more Green Beans? It’s almost mid. March, so it’ll be warm soon. I harvested about 2 lbs. this fall/winter. I hope I can grown a few more before we get to hot over here. I live about 0.5 miles from the Marina, the Coast that is. But it still gets hot and sunny!!
Thank you again for the great Blog you have!
Kathy, thanks for stopping by. It’s actually just about time to start green beans in our area. My Southern California Planting Guide suggests that the earliest they can go in is late February, and can be planted until August for bush beans and July for pole beans. March, April, May and June are good months to plant them sequentially.