Thursday, June 27, 2013

Garden Update: It's On!

All of a sudden, the garden came into its own this week.  The sweet corn is taller than I am (so are a few of the tomatoes).  The popcorn is tasseling and tiny little watermelons are on the vines. And...

This is what we harvested today (click to enlarge). There are potatoes, onions, zucchini, beans, garlic, turnips, and blueberries!
Bird Egg Beans.  These are a shell bean, so we have to wait until they fill out and dry to harvest them. These pods are about six inches long.
Blue Dragon Tongue Beans. How could you not buy seeds with that name! This is the second bowl this size that I've picked this week. We have three other kinds of beans growing as well:  Kentucky Pole Beans, Lima Beans, and just a few Blue Lake bush beans.
A small zucchini with its flower still attached. We have two different kinds of summer squash.
The last of our turnips.
Pear-shaped cherry tomatoes.
Echinacea angustifolia (Coneflower).  I have had pretty bad luck with flowers this year. The groundhogs ate a lot of them before they ever really got started, so I was pretty happy to see this one bloom.
A red raspberry. We won't get very many of these this year, but the few we've gotten have been good.
Garlic. This has to be the most-delayed gratification plant you can grow. I planted these in October of last year. They are now hardening off in our garage.
Blue potatoes. Michael dug into one of the hills tonight and came up with about five pounds of them - all from one seed potato.
Monarda sp. (Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot). We planted these when we lived at the apartment. We transplanted about half of it when we moved and are really happy to see it growing and blooming.

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