Monday, August 15, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Eleven

Here we are in week 11 of the garden tours, and I am officially calling the pumpkins done for the year.  I have been looking at my very sorry pie pumpkin plant for about a week and a half, and seeing all the powdery mildew made me realize that it was in a losing battle.  Fortunately, the pumpkins themselves seem to be ripe enough to pick.  So I am going to pick them and then figure out how I am supposed to cure them out of the direct sunlight.  We shall see how it goes!


In fact, I think that I am going to start pulling a lot of the plants now.  The cucumbers are still producing a little, but for the most part haven’t been doing that great.  I am assuming that is because of the squash bugs.  I am also going to pull the green beans, as they are just about finished producing for me as well.

The tomatoes still have a ways to go, and I am holding onto hope that there will be no mishaps with the tomatoes at any point between now and when they are nice and red and ready to pick.




Last week I did find the unmistakable droppings of a tomato hornworm on my cherry tomato plant, but for the life of me I could not find the actual tomato hornworm.  I’m not sure if you have seen these suckers before, but they are disgusting, and big, and very good at hiding.  Often when I have found them in the past, I have been looking and looking, getting closer and closer to the plant, to finally see it right in front of my nose.  Not a pleasant experience.  However, this time, I think that a bird quite possibly got the sucker, because I haven’t seen any actual damage to my tomato plants.  Of course, now that I just wrote that, I fully expect to see some sort of damage when I go out this morning to do my little walk around.


The zucchini plant is still producing.  I am shocked.  Every day I seem to pick a few more, and I am ecstatic about it.  It makes a delicious meal for me, just sauté up with some onion and pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes – delicious!

I have to hand it to Lisa, when she suggested planting radishes around the base of the squash plants, I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I was ready to try anything at this point.  It worked really well!  I don’t have the advantage of being able to use row covers with much success because my garden is so small, meaning that when the pests overwinter (as squash bugs do), I don’t have much chance of missing them when I replant and use a row cover, they just come up from the ground.  I’m not entirely sure how it will go next year.  Probably the fact that I took last year off from planting squash helped as well, but I am going to use the same radish trick next year and cross my fingers it will work again!


I also pulled several of the heads of cabbage that were not heading well.  I’m not sure the ones that I left in the garden bed are going to get big enough for us to actually pick and eat, but I am leaving them a bit longer to see if there is any change.


I’m pretty sure my kale is going to continue growing until the winter.  What a powerhouse of a plant for me.  I don’t really want to pull it at all, since I have had such good luck with it re-seeding itself the past couple of years.  I think that I am going to try and pick some to put in the freezer.  I thought that I would have to blanch it before I put it in the freezer, but based on a recent e-course I took (Harvest) I realized I did not need to blanch it first – that makes it a whole heck of a lot easier if all I need to do is chop and put it in the freezer!


Overall, things are still growing well.  The garden clean-up is starting a little earlier than I expected.  It has been a very hot and dry summer, not the norm for my little garden, but I am still extremely pleased with how well everything has done.  Now I need to start thinking about what I want to make with my first pie pumpkin!


Are you ready for fall and pumpkin flavored everything?  What is your favorite way to eat pumpkin?

21 comments:

  1. My pumpkins are still green and growing. Tomatoes are still going strong. Will be time soon to put the garden to bed.

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  2. Love pumpkins growing outside...in a garden... and am jealous that you have these to enjoy and watch get bigger and bigger! It reminds me of fall approaching and its just so magical!
    Karen

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  3. The pumpkins are beautiful. You will have a real feast with those

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  4. Your garden looks so nice and I love the way that is growing on. I commend you on your patience to simply wait for it to fully grow and bloom when all you want is to have your pumpkins RIGHT NOW =]

    Danielle | www.FollowMyGut.com <3

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  5. I absolutely love pumpkin flavored foods! My favorite way of eating it is pumpkin pie or bread. I am ready for fall!

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  6. Those are some pretty pumpkins. I wish I was better at growing a garden i lvoe fresh fruits and vegetables.

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  7. I am so jealous of your garden!! Fresh produce is my favorite, and I can't wait to finally be able to plant my own garden. And your pumpkins look amazing!

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  8. I can only imagine the work that goes into growing a garden as vast as this. There are so many things to think about but I'm glad all is going well despite the little concerns with the pests.

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  9. Those pesky squash bugs! Still at least your kale is doing well and your pumpkins will be coming home with me soon lol!

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  10. Your garden is beautiful and I have high aspirations to have something similar in the future. I have a zucchini plant and I've been through the ringer with it. I thought it was diseased but when I moved it to the shade it began to bloom wonderfully. My fingers are crossed for a couple good zucchinis this year.

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  11. I love that it's almost pumpkin season!

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  12. I love how you have shared with us about how your whole garden experience has gone these last 11 weeks. I love pumpkin everything!

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  13. I absolutely love pumpkin season. Pumpkin is one of my favorite coffee flavors and I love it in muffins!

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  14. Those pumpkin are beautiful. Sounds like a pretty successful year with your garden. We need to get more adventurous with ours.

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  15. Oooooo your garden is tiring out great!!! What a green thumb you have!!!! That pumpkin is pretty sweet!

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  16. I wasn't ready for it at first, but between the sweltering, hot weather and mosquitos...I think I'm ready for the fall season. I'm looking forward to pumpkin flavored everything. :)

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  17. Those pumpkins and veggies are awesome! So cool to have a vegetable garden! Love it! Wish I could have one too!

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  18. I wonder if yours is going to be one of those gardens that produces tons of zucchini? All your vegetables look beautiful. Good luck with the tomatoes! :)

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  19. I am kind of jealous. I can never grow anything! I would love to have fresh tomatoes in my backyard!

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  20. I'm awful at keeping plants alive!!! Thats amazing :)

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  21. We got 4 tomatoes off our plant this year. Nothing has been seeming to be able to deal with the heat.

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