Thanks to one of our natural pest controllers, who decided to quit being so shy, we had beautiful bounty, even if the tomatoes are still slow, and the summer squash are slowing down!
An elusive friend mantis making a brief appearance
- Basil: 6.5
- Bush beans: 2.75
- Cucumbers: 6
- Grapes: 2
- Charantai melons: 16
- Margarita melons: 8.75
- Delicata squash: 8.5
- Spaghetti squash: 6.5
- Spinach: 2
- Swiss chard: 2.25
- Summer squash: 26.75
- Tomatoes: 41.25
Month’s total: 125 pounds (rounded)
Season total: 400 pounds
Spaghetti squash near harvest
Posted in Community garden, Fall, Harvest tally, Pest Controllers & Pollinators, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beans, chard, Community garden, delicata squash, kale, melons, Pest Controllers & Pollinators, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato, zucchini
Awoke to some drizzle, and had a an opportunity to reset the energy button to a slower pace; to actually sit in the garden (as the skies cleared), rather than tend to it. Listening to the breeze, the little birds, the newly-hatched grasshopper, the bees. Watching the cabbage white loopers darting around, and the juba skippers snapping and courting in their little aerial spirals. Smelling the lavender, sages, bee balm, corn, nasturtiums, squash; summer in general. Feeling like a sleeping cat.
I noticed a feeling of early fall precisely on Aug. 1. The days started feeling noticeably shorter at the same time; there is a tinge of color on sporadic trees. All this seems a couple of weeks earlier than “normal”. We’re most definitely on the downside of summer, with very few tomatoes set. I’ve never had this many tomato plants grow over 5-feet tall before setting fruit! But, we’re not alone in this predicament. Our day and night temps are so variable, slow to warm and very quick to cool in late afternoon. More heat needed!
Fortunately, the squash have kicked in, though more sporadic than last year, especially for their mammoth sizes. The spaghetti squash is out of hand, while little acorn and delicata fruit are just getting started. The cucumbers are developing nicely, as are the margarita and charantai melons. Corn ears are nicely elongated, waiting to fill out the kernels.
Lavender and nasturtiums cushion a spaghetti squah
It was time for the lettuce to be harvested completely, or be overrun by squash and melons, besides being a little bit bitter. Kale and chard are still vigorous, and the bush beans are still producing well. Harvested over 5 pounds this last week on the oldest row. Basil has been sheared back for a second round of bushy growth. Lots of pesto being made!
- Beet tops and roots: 11.75 pounds
- Basil: 6.25
- Kale: 3.5
- Lettuce blends: 16.5
- Scallions: 0.75
- Spinach: 2
- Swiss chard: 4.75
- Sugar Snap peas: 0.25
- Summer squash: 8.75
Month’s total: 53 pounds
Thank you all participants and garden devas!
Lushness galore! August 8
Posted in Community garden, Harvest tally, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beans, beets, buttercup squash, chard, Community garden, corn, cucumber, delicata squash, kale, lettuce, melons, nasturtiums, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato
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.
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!
Why is it that the best weather of a 3-day weekend arrives after 4:30 pm on the final day? Nevertheless it was an excellent weekend to move ahead with garden tasks, dodging drizzles and rain. Although we don’t have the exceptionally fine weather that blessed our initial project one year ago, we celebrated by seeding the first phase of summer veggies. As various CG members filtered into town from their various journeys, different tasks were done, depending on who showed up and when.
With the air and soil temperatures being nearly equal at 70°F we seeded various squash, melon, and cucumber cultivars, corn, and basil. (Check out our 2010 planting list here.) One minute it was threatening rain, the next a few light rays of sun peaking through the clouds to make one want to don shorts; but wait 5 minutes, and the sun is gone. Do I need another shirt again? Yes. Wait, now I’m too warm. It came down to rolling up the jeans and a t-shirt.
Taking a stroll through the house yard to check on tomato seedlings keeping warm in their little greenhouse, my mouth dropped as I spied a group of deer pellets on some grass. Never in my residency here has one come this far into the yard! We decided to grab netting and place it over the cool weather crops immediately. He hadn’t managed to sample anything yet. (I think it’s the same young male who visited solo last year.) While tying out cloth strips soaked in Irish Spring soap solution on various young fruit trees and roses, I did notice some rose tips “nipped in the bud”.
Here is an update to the final harvest tally of our 2009 plantings, contributed to by our overwintering kale and leeks, which were removed in May for more garden prep:
- Kale: 10 (pounds)
- Leeks: 3.25
Bringing our 2009 grand total to……592 pounds!
As we celebrate our first birthday we have a new 2010 tally, from harvesting the thinnings of early spring plantings during April and May:
- Beet greens: 1.5 pounds
- Kale: 2.5
- Lettuce blends: 7.5
- Spinach: 2
Total: 12.75 pounds Off to a great start!
Posted in Community garden, Developing & Planting, Harvest tally, Oh..oh...., Pests of any size & species, Spring
Tagged basil, Community garden, corn, cucumber, deer, delicata squash, harvest, melons, spaghetti squash