Monthly Archives: July 2010

Basil, Beets, Bees, and Beans: Repeat 4 times

Not really a tongue twister in that order…;-)

The CG is LUSH.  Our present heat wave is what we need to get the tomatoes to set! They and some of the squash have become vegetative monsters with our lovely warm days, but cool nights.

Actually, the bees have been busy in the squash, and there are some ‘Yellow Prolific’ and zucchinis near ready to pick.  The gargantuan spaghetti squash plant has set small fruits along its rambling vines, which are now trying to overrun the bush ‘Delicata’ squash and ‘Margarita’ melon.  I may be doing some severe pruning soon!

A big change 2 weeks after the last photo! Where's Aspen?

Tomatoes look to be trying to grow as tall as the corn!

Beets were all gathered and shared amongst ourselves this week, as the tops were looking tired and ready to flower.  Amazingly, we’re still able to pick lettuce from the mesclun mix, though the bitterness factor is creeping in more.

Beets galore!

And, such a basil harvest from simple thinning and pruning.  4 pounds!  So tasty when sauteed with diced garlic, dried tomatoes and salt, in olive oil, tossed with pasta.  Directly seeded in the soil in late May, this is a much earlier harvest this year, compared to last, which was transplanted from seedlings.

Beautiful fragrant basil....

Purple bush beans are just reaching maturity, and last, but not least, the corn is tasseling!

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Shy of knee-high on the 4th of July

The corn, that is!  But our subsequent heat spike two days later put the corn into high gear and it’s beyond knee high now.  Not to left behind are the squash, melons, and tomatoes; the cucumbers are a bit slower.  Basil seedlings have been thinned once, having grown 3 inches in two weeks, and are nearly ready for another thinning.

With the peas pulled out, the oldest row of bush beans has put on height and flowers, though the mesclun mix is not so pleased with little shade.  Most other lettuce is now removed, having taken on tree forms.  The beets and Swiss chard seem to be the most bothered by heat, showing parched outer leaves at times.  They will appreciate a drop to more normal temperatures with cooler, cloudier mornings, as will the stepping stone Scotch moss.  A little less watering to do, thank you!

June bounty:

  • Beet greens: 2.5 pounds
  • Beets: 1.75
  • Kale: 4.25
  • Lettuce blends: 20
  • Spinach: 2
  • Swiss chard: 4
  • Sugar Snap peas: 0.50

Month’s Total: 35 pounds of wonderful greens

Shy of knee-high corn on 4th of July

After a week of HOT temps, think things have grown a bit?!