Summer vegetable garden

Lee and I weren’t expecting much out of our summer vegetable garden. We planted everything so ridiculously late, that we should have been happy with three tomatoes and a cucumber. Well, the summer isn’t over yet, and we are starting to get a harvest.

The much lauded (or loathed?) zucchini has made its first appearance.

The cucumbers have arrived with a vengeance. If I get enough of them, I am going to try my hand at making fermented pickles this year.

We are hoping for a late summer so our two potato rows can finish. Some of the potatoes are starting to flower at this moment.

We have one row of popcorn. Some of it is small because of how late I planted it, while some of it is bigger. I feel great about my big popcorn plants until I drive by someone else’s corn stand. Then I feel a sense of gardener envy. We are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hoping for that late summer so we can harvest our corn. This is bad, because I would prefer popcorn over the potatoes and Lee would prefer vice versa.

And … um … I took this picture from a low perspective so my corn would look bigger.

For the first time ever in our gardening lives we have onions! Somehow we had gardening misadventures with the previous two years of onions. It was almost a third year of misadventures, but thankfully some of onions survived despite how badly we treated the starts. Not all of the onions have big bulbs. This is a crop that Lee and I need to get more on the ball about growing, because onions are a staple in our house.

Our cole crop is still growing despite how out of season it was when I planted it. I’ve had to spray twice with BT to kill the worms, but that is to be expected.

We’ve even harvested some broccoli already. Color me surprised. I guess you can plant late and still get a little bit of everything.

One of our pumpkins has set a lone fruit. I’m not too hopeful about any of our pumpkins or winter squash (which haven’t set any fruit on yet) being able to finish before winter comes.

My peppers are quite a funny bedraggled group. Some of the plants are tiny and other plants are huge. I’m pretty sure there was a huge amount of rodent tunneling under the black plastic. I think it affected which plants grew and which didn’t. We had to stop putting out vole traps in mid July, as we started catching Garner snakes along with the rodents.

My tomatoes are also a mixed bag. Some have green fruit on them, others nothing much. Some plants look awesome, and others look a little sad. Good grief, haven’t my plants heard of consistency?

For the last couple of weeks I have been getting small handfuls of blueberries. Yummo!

Last week I harvested some purple garlic. Now you might ask what variety it is, but lets just say … I have no idea. There was a garden accident that involved permanent markers and masking tape. Now this usually works well for the summer but … um … it doesn’t work so well over a long rainy winter. In fact it works down right terrible! So I have 4 varieties of no-name garlic now.

This particular garlic we are going to eat and not save for replanting. Most of the bulbs are small with only a few large ones. Lee and I like big bulbs, because it’s a pain in the butt peeling lots of small cloves.

My other three varieties of no-name garlic did pretty well. I dug them up today.

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7 Responses to Summer vegetable garden

  1. Sheila Z says:

    If you have Butternut squash it may surprise you. I remember a year when ours was just beginning to set fruit the first week of August and we ended up with bushels of ripe squash from a 50 foot row. It was the year I thought we would have to buy squash, instead I ended up giving it away to the soup kitchen by the car load.

    • lee says:

      We don’t have any Butternut out there, but it sounds like we need to! We planted 30 foot of Sweet Meat squash, and not a single one came up. I suspect it was a seed failure, as the Banana Pink Jumbo, pumpkins and zucchini in a neighboring 30 foot row germinated just fine.

  2. looks good to me! Wow! (envy)..I want a big garden…

    Our garden boxes are starting to grow too..or at least is growing more now. It will be a pitched battle to see who wins..the developing veggies or the impending cold weather.

    • robin says:

      Thanks. 🙂

      Oh, a pitched battle sounds very exciting. I’m will be rooting for your veggies. Pun intended. hehe

  3. Rae says:

    Awesome that you’re harvesting some stuff, as funky as the weather’s been this year. Our garden is a mixed success/failure. Out of 20 some odd tomato plants, maybe half are setting fruit, and only one so far has an almost maybe kinda sorta ripe tomato on it. 🙂 Our pumpkins and cukes were a huge failure, but onions, potatoes, and beans are chugging along. Onions are the best. Absolute must. 🙂

    • robin says:

      This is a weird thing to say, but I love the unpredictability of gardening. 100 percent success would be great, don’t get me wrong, but even when things go completely wrong something always goes right to keep you excited.

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