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June Veggie Garden Update

Posted by olemike on 06/10/2013

052013 Bed 2 ScaleThe garden is starting to produce pretty well.    We pick  Patty Pan and Zucchini squash just about every day.  We are also starting to get cucumbers pretty regularly as well.  This first picture gives you a sense of how big our squash plants are.

We canned 12 pints of   beets the other day.  We plan to pickle some beets in the next few days.052913 Canned Beets

I’ve been struggling with a couple of problems.  The leaves on my tomato plants are curling upward.  Everything I’ve read tells me that this is a regular watering issue.  I water with a drip system every two days.  That’s pretty regular.  I may be watering too much or too little but I haven’t quite figured out which yet.  I always seem to struggle with getting just the right amount of water.  Any ideas? Let me know!

I’ve also had to spray with soapy water twice to control an aphid problem.  That has helped.  We also released some lady bugs a few days ago.

My tomato plants are growing pretty well.  We are starting to see a few small tomatoes starting to form.

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Summer Squash Surplus

Posted by olemike on 08/07/2012

We have had so many Patty Pan and Zucchini squash we are about sick of them.  I took about 10# to the Salvation Army Food Bank yesterday.  I would hate to see them go to waste.  We have made zucchini bread, eggs, sausage, and squash scramble, zucchini relish, steamed squash, etc.  I need new ideas for how to use summer squash.  Any ideas out there in blogland?  HELP!

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Zucchini Relish

Posted by olemike on 07/30/2012

Leona put up 5 pints of zucchini relish last Friday. We got the recipe from a garden  blog which I follow.   We seem to always have more zucchini than we can eat so when I saw this recipe that Mavis had on her website ( Please check it out), I convinced my wife to try it.

It was very, very good.  We had some of it today with hot dogs.  We plan to can quite a bit more of it in the future.

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Morning Harvest

Posted by olemike on 07/12/2012

Here is our July 12 garden bounty.  We are now up to 81 Patty Pans, 31 Zucchini, 21 cucumbers, and 3 peppers.  Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen.  Should be lots more over the next few weeks.  Those shown here are Roma’s and we hope to use them for canning stewed tomatoes.

The neighbors have started to lock their doors and close their shades when they see us coming with more squash.  We have inundated the neighborhood.

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Patty Pan Pandemonium

Posted by olemike on 06/28/2012

The Patty Pan squash are just exploding in numbers.  Here is a look at this mornings harvest from our first 4 plants.   We have picked 48 of them in recent days.  In fact, we are already giving them away to our neighbors.  We can’t eat them all.    Also shown here is our first green pepper of the season and a good-sized zucchini.

The plants have beautiful blooms.  Here are a couple of shots with bees included.

I am keeping track by both weight and quantity of our harvest this year.  I’ll publish a status in a few weeks.

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Mid June Garden Status

Posted by olemike on 06/19/2012

I just returned from a trip to Missouri for a high school reunion (more about that in another post) and we also took a central Missouri day trip (Watch Travel category for that).  Anyway, I thought it was time for a garden status report.  During my absence, Leona had been picking squash left and right.

We are getting Patty Pan squash about every day and Zucchini about every other day.  There is nothing better than fresh summer squash.  Add a little butter and it melts in your mouth.

We are also starting to get cucumbers.  Haven’t yet picked one but tomorrow is the target date.

We harvested our onions and garlic a few days ago.  After drying them in the beds, we hung them in the garage for further drying.  This was our first effort with both and we were pleased with the result.

The Crenshaw melons we planted are doing well but a long while to go before we will harvest anything.

The peppers and tomatoes are also looking good but no produce yet.   Our weather is getting hot so the tomatoes should be doing well.

We just planted 4 more squash in the bed vacated by the onions.  However, we planted what the nursery called “Peter Pan” squash rather than “Patty Pan”.  They look similar except they are a light green color instead of yellow.  We’ll see how they turn out.  No results yet on my potato box but it shouldn’t be too much longer.

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2012 Spring Garden Update

Posted by olemike on 05/23/2012

I finally have all of my raised beds planted so thought I would do an update for my blog.

The 5 beds you see contain  Yellow Patty Pan Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers (being grown on a trellis), Pole Beans, Beets, Tomatoes (both determinate for canning and indeterminate for eating). Nothing looks really great right now but many of these were just recently set out.

Bed # 5 still has onions and garlic which we planted in the fall.

We are just now starting to harvest and dry them.

Here is a recent picture of my potato box.  It is still growing quite well.  I do need to add some more soil right away.  This is as tall as I will make the box.

We should start to see some produce in a few weeks.  We are already getting some small Patty Pan squash forming.  It won’t be long now.

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