Ahhh, the middle of summer, when the plants start to produce the vegetables that I have been caring for. Well, at least the start of producing!
The green beans are growing. We haven’t picked any yet, but I think today I might be able to grab a couple so we can all eat one – raw – straight out of the garden. The best way to eat green beans in my opinion!
I was also able to harvest the first two zucchinis! Now, this may not seem like a big deal to most of you. Zucchini is typically a prolific producer. I’m sure you have heard stories of anonymous people dropping zucchini off at your home because they don’t know what to do with them all.
This is not the case in my home. In fact, these are the first zucchinis I have grown in a few years due to the fact that I have two specific garden pests that do a number on my plants – cucumber beetles and stink bugs.
This week saw the return of the stink bug. I usually am able to just flick them into a jar of soapy water, these are not bugs that I can squish in my fingers – they are too big and too gross. And actually, when you do squish them (with your shoe or a garden tool – definitely not your fingers), they give off a foul smell that actually attracts more of them to your garden. So, into the jar of soapy water they go. Of course, with the plants being much more established, it is a lot harder to get into the stems and get the bugs. Summer and winter squash as well as cucumbers are prickly, and they do a number on my hands and arms when I try to get too far into the base of the plant, where the stink bugs like to hang out.
My hope is that I can get some neem oil spray and get rid of them once and for all. I’m not sure how realistic that is.
Everything else looks really good as well. The potatoes look good, but still need the straw put around them. The tomato plants are all flowering a lot, and there are tiny tomatoes growing. I can almost taste them!
Overall, I am really happy with the progress in the garden. My hope is that in a couple of weeks I will be bringing in handfuls of green beans, more zucchini, perhaps a couple of cucumbers and maybe the first tomatoes of the season.
What have you harvested from your garden this week? Did you pick up a new vegetable at the farmers’ market?