July Veggie Update
The warm weather has been kind to my vegetable garden. While I'm not a huge fan of all the time the watering takes when the rain is no where in sight; I do appreciate the results.
The slicing cucumbers are growing at a rapid speed. I expect to harvest quite a few this week, perfect timing for a dinner party I am hosting this weekend. Fresh cucumber salad anyone?
The sugar pumpkins have taken to the trellis and seem content enough. I do love sugar pumpkins. I love processing and preserving them in the fall. And, I love homemade pumpkin pie! There is absolutely no comparison home grown pumpkin meat and canned. Home grown is incredible!
I have been manually pollinating my pumpkins and squash. I suppose I'm a bit impatient with mother nature, but I do find that compared to my efforts in the past, when I make sure to manually pollinate, I get more fruit.
My tomatoes are in desperate need of a prune. I have excellent growth and I'm seeing plenty of toms form, but I know from past experience, this is the time to cut off those low stems. Not only will it create a better movement of air around the plants, it will help the plant put it energy into the existing tomatoes, ripening them at a faster pace.
July is my favorite month in the vegetable garden. The plants are robust and healthy. Nothing has gotten too dry and I can see the fruits of my labor growing and ripening. No preserving just yet, just enjoying those early vegetables, fresh.
In addition to the existing and ancient concord grape vine already in place in the garden, we added a seedless green and purple grape vines.
Already, I have friends drooling over my concord grapes. They are dreaming of concord grade jam.
My response is, I'll be happy to have some after you make it! :)
This week, I'll be pulling the Walla Walla Onions as they are huge! And, I'll be laying new compost in the beds I empty.
I've got winter seeds to sow, such as parsnips and winter carrots. I'll be starting cabbage, broccoli, shallots and brussels sprouts. These will all be new for me. I am determined to move beyond the easy garlic winter garden into a more diverse winter and over winter crop selection.
Wish me luck!