Garden 2013: Update #3

Posted By on July 15, 2013

It is now mid July as well as time for another garden update. Everything is growing pretty well. Sunflowers are gorgeous, squash and cucumbers are doing well, tomatoes and peppers are ripening, beans and peas are ready to eat, and much more!

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The only downside we’ve had is that our tomatoes and potatoes have gotten a bit of blight. We’ve combated it with trimming off the affected foliage and if we water we make sure not to splash dirt and water onto the plant. There’s not much we can do about it now that it’s started. In future years we will do a better job with rotation and mulch the plants.

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Whenever I go outside, I make sure to take my camera. There have been far too many amazing creatures or colors I’ve missed by not toting it with me. This morning I discovered this little guy hanging out on a tomato plant. If anyone knows this species of moth, I’d love to know!

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In addition to the moth above are a plethora of beneficial insects. I haven’t gotten them all on film yet, so I’m not ready to display them all in a post. However, every morning there is an excited swarm of bees all over the squash flowers and sunflowers. The buzzing would make most people nervous, but it’s music to my ears.

Bee in Flight

Bee in Flight


Bee Pollinating Sunflower

Bee Pollinating Sunflower

As I mentioned before, the sunflowers are doing great! In fact, they’re so tall that it makes the garden seem like a forest.

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The sunflowers in the corn bed are towering over the corn. I am wondering if this is stunting the growth of the corn. Next year we may need to start the sunflowers a couple weeks after the corn is planted.

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If you look in the Harvest 2013 photo album you’ll notice the cukes and summer squash that’s been ripening. I don’t have many photos of those on the vine, but here are some of the winter squash varieties that are growing bigger every day!

Mammoth Table Queen Acorn Squash

Sweet Fall and Hokkaido Squash

Butternut Squash -- Pure Pollination

Pumpkin -- Pure Pollination

Oh, I guess I have a picture of our summer squash on the vine, too! 😉

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We are anxious to eat our peppers, but want to let them ripen and color up on the plant first! It’s so hard not to pluck a green one off for dinner.

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We also have many tomatoes, of which the Hagen’s Yellow are ripening first.

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One plant variety we haven’t eaten too much of are the collard greens. The little bunny that lives under the chicken coop has nibbled on them. It’s okay, though, we’ll indirectly be eating those collards when we eat Mr. Bunny this fall. Right now the collards are looking good now and they may end up as our dinner tonight.

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The peas we chose this year are quite delectable. The bright yellow pods are fun and add a color diversity to our meals.

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The last item to share today is quite interesting. The eggplant blossom. Last year was our first year growing them and it didn’t go over too well. It was the dry weather. 2013 is another matter, though! The plants are big, healthy and starting to set on flowers. Spiky flowers.

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There you have it. A mid July garden update from the Sheltering Woods!

How’s your garden looking?

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