The July jungle is now in full swing! Evidently our watering regime is working well despite an ongoing drought, and waves of very hot days replaced by cooler, more “normal” temperatures, with heat spikes in between. We simply use soaker hoses for 10 to 15 minutes daily on everything but the tomatoes, which may be on an every other day schedule, temperature dependent.
The time when the plants just weave their bounty together; criss-crossing paths.
The bounty is coming in! Mostly summer squash and the oldest planting of bush beans, with a few extra pounds making their their way to a local food bank. The winter squash are prolific, too, just not ready! And while scouting around the squash some mini-canteloupes and margarita melons showed themselves! Always such a thrill to find the hidden gems! Thinning the prolilfic tomato vegetation is allowing the tomatoes to see the sun and a few are just blushing.
Four spaghetti squash tucked away; and yes, the powdery mildew has started. Earlier than usual this year, corresponding to the earlier maturity.
This year has seen a return of the twin (fused) yellow squash; this is the third set in 3 weeks!
The dilemma of outwitting our browsing buck continues. Almost a game in a way; one week we are “safe” from damage, and the next week he lets us know he is smarter, or more desperate, probably both! While we now have extra netting stretched over plants within the already-netted perimeter, our nemesis continues to jump in and scout around, browsing anything that might poke through the netting. Damage control is tolerable under the usual circumstances, but now he has earned the reputation of being “bad, bad, bad, really bad” by succeeding in wiping out the beans that had just recuperated from a setback 2 weeks ago. Apparently this was achieved by literally walking on the netting! Maybe I should start tally marks on an extra zucchini. Deer wins this week’s round.
Ambushed! Now the deer doesn’t mind walking on netting to reach his treats!
Our beloved Bambie has become frustrated…or desperate… in not being able to eat more tomato vines, nor get into my yard; so she’s taken to eating zucchini leaves off the stalk!
Not what you'd think to be a deer's delight...coarse zucchini leaves...
Shifting weather all over….a lot of rain during the first half of the month, so all tomatoes were pulled in, as well as squash and melons. No rot wanted! So, it’s looking a bit bare as the season comes to a close. Lettuce, arugula, and leeks are doing great!
Once there was a jungle...
September harvest tally:
- Basil: 18 (pounds)
- Bush beans: 3.5
- Charentai melon: 13.5
- Acorn squash: 5
- Corn: 18 (19 ears)
- Cucumbers: 20.5
- Delicata squash: 20.75
- Margarita melon: 26.75
- Scallions: 1
- Summer squash: 10.5
- Spaghetti squash: 19.5
- Tomatoes: 131 !!!!
Total: 288 pounds….!!!
Moving the season total to 473 pounds!
We give thanks to all Beings who assisted in manifesting this bounty!
That tomato poundage is off 6 plants, and no wonder they were collapsing!
Keepin' the bounty dry...
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Tagged acorn squash, basil, Community garden, corn, cucumber, delicata squash, edible landscape, harvest, lettuce, melons, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato, zucchini
Lurkers of all sorts hidden in the CG….
Spaghetti squash bowling balls
Delicata and cucumber in the jungle
The season of transition is upon us…..Autumnal equinox…shorter days…the midway point of light and dark…in this region that is essentially the midway latitude of the Northern Hemisphere…halfway between the equator and the North Pole. The bounty continues….
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
When temperatures hover near 100°F my appetite switches gears in a big way. No amount of fresh beans, chard, squash, tomatoes, or cucumbers can lure me to a green salad today, and especially not to cooking. The last bit of bolting lettuce was plucked this morning to salvage a salad, maybe tomorrow.
First tomatoes were plucked a couple of days ago, and the squash are gearing up for another wave of production; lemon cucumbers are no visibly forming. Almost 6 pounds of green cucumbers were pulled this last week, which was a surprise. Corn tassels and silk are promising signs of ear production as the plants have grown taller. Bush beans abound and are a real hit, while thinned basil provides a delightful zest for pasta with garlic, salt, and olive oil. Nonetheless, tonight’s dinner is cold cereal, cantaloupe, and a blueberry smoothie.
Tasty peaches, apricot sized!
The prize picking was of the three small peaches that had formed on my new 2-yr. old dwarf tree. I wasn’t sure when they’d be ripe, and when I went to inspect them under their little “pom pom” branch clusters, they released themselves easily with just a gentle nudge. One was the size of an apricot, and the others a tad bit larger, very sweet and tasty nevertheless.
And the deer? They’re watching and waiting; today I found evidence of some minor nibbling on the chard, kale, and bean tips. Time to soap the lines again. After I have my unorthodox dinner.
The magic of zucchini: one day you can play billiards with the little round ones, the next you switch to lawn bowling.
Having shifted into a real stretch of summer for the last 5 days, the garden has responded in kind. The thunderstorms of my last post soaked the gardens perfectly; no watering was needed for five days, despite 85-95° heat. Summer squash and salad cucumbers showed their typical exponential growth in 2 days.
Plants are greening nicely in their new shoot growth, after more feeding; Swiss chard and bean plants are recovering from their deer-damage. The first handful of green beans were picked today; there will be many more reaching full size in a couple of days.
The pickling cukes are just setting while the lemon cukes are in massive flower-stage; had to pull out 1 spaghetti squash plant because there are so many forming on the remaining vine, and the delicata squash was getting overrun (it has the slows). There are some tiny buttercup squash setting as well.
Two or three corn plants are showing tassels already, which isn’t my preference. This somewhat predetermines their height, and these are nowhere near their projected height. We shall see!
In support of another sustainable urban garden movement, I’ve joined the project in their challenge to accumulate 1 million pounds of home-grown food; participants report their tally on any basis, be it daily, weekly, monthly. It’s not a race, and there are no deadlines; just a way to see how long it takes to cooperatively accumulate the million pounds among the participants.
Since we’d been picking kale, chard, and strawberries (house yard) for a few weeks before discovering this challenge, we’re guesstimating that yield. So far, the cumulative harvest stands at:
• Summer squash (combined varieties): 5.25 pounds
• Cucumbers: 1.75 pounds
• Kale: 5 pounds
• Beans: 0.5 pounds
• Swiss chard: 3 pounds
• Strawberries: 12 pounds
• Blueberries: 1 pound
• Artichoke: 0.5 pound
Oh yes, the sunflowers are winning….finally.