July 2, 2018

Harvest Monday, 7/2/18

June 25th was the first picking from the bush bean beds. The earliest and most prolific bean so far is Triomphe de Farcy beans, too bad it's the stringiest bean ever. The strings are so tough and difficult to get off they actually make my fingers sore. Thank goodness Landreth's Stringless is making up for it.
Dark Brandywine is the first large tomato I picked. (Berkley Tie-Dye would've been the first ripe but a critter ate half of it.) On the left are three Jaune Flamme tomatoes, they produce large trusses of fruit.
On June 27th I only got half the bush bean bed picked before it threatened to rain again. A mixture of Triomphe de Farcy, Contender, and Tendergreen.
I started picking the tomatoes early just to keep them from splitting too badly with all the rain we'd been getting.
The other half of the bush bean bed got picked on the June 28th. Mostly Landreth's Stringless and Derby.
In the back is a Berkley Tie-Dye tomato and a small Green Zebra.
Out of the 4 cucumber varieties I'm growing, only Salad Slicer and Heike have produced. The other two have yet to make female blooms.
On Sunday, July 1st, I harvested more green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes.

I mad a chicken, onion, and green bean dish yesterday using Aldi's Harissa Simmer Sauce and it was fabulous. Spicy and delicious over a bed of rice with fresh herbs and a dollop of homemade cucumber yogurt sauce. Yum.
A plate of homegrown Mrs. Burn's Lemon basil, Siam Queen basil, Gigante d'Italia parsley, and cucumbers with some store bought cilantro. This was served with the chicken and green bean harissa sauce dish.

We got 8 days in a row of heavy rainfall. The wind was so bad on June 28th it made me worry about a tornado. Lots of tree damage in the neighborhood and power went out for a little bit. But it looks like that stormy weather pattern has finally broken. All this rain means disease is running rampant in the tomato beds, and half the onions were lost. I've decided I'm done growing onions, it's a lot of work starting them so early in February only to have most of them die or not do well because of the amount of water we tend to get.

The bush bean bed will probably be done in another week or two, Gilfeather turnips will be directly sown in that bed. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts will get planted in the early Buhl sweet corn once it's done in few weeks. It'll probably be late before the Morado corn is finished so fava beans/broad beans probably won't be planted until October or November in those beds.

I might try a planting of peas along the fence in the Buhl corn bed. The only reason I've been able to keep up with the weeding this year is because the kiddo is vacationing with the grandparents. They've been going to the beach and out cherry picking, so lots of fun stuff.

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June 30, 2018

Corn Tasseling and Other Things in the Garden

The Buhl sweet corn is tasseling, and I can see little corns forming. So cool.

The long season Morado corn is already as tall as me. It's supposed to end up 8-12 feet tall. Only a few stalks lodged at the beginning when they were a foot tall, but they're all staying nice and upright now even with all the rain and wind we've been getting.
Buhl sweet corn tasseling. They're only about 4.5 feet tall at this point.
A few of the stalks only have a single ear forming, but I've counted a few stalks with possibly 4 ears starting.
Baby Buhl corn? So cute. They're actually a very well rooted variety with no signs of lodging. I can actually see them forming more roots at the bottom of their stems, so they're very stable. 
The Butta(F1) zucchini is making babies! My husband got me a big spiralizer for Mother's Day, so I'm incredibly excited. This yellow zucchini is very prolific.
This baby Tuscany melon is about three inches long, but I've seen them get this large and yellow and fall off. So fingers crossed that doesn't happen.
Looks like this is the only baby the Charentais melon has set. They haven't made many female blooms yet and the bed is fairly overcrowded so pollinators probably have problems getting to them.
The onions that were started from seed are making me crazy. Half the bed died out when the Cipolle di Tropea red onions got powdery mildew. The Borettana Cipollini onions aren't swelling up yet, but otherwise they're coping with the rain well. I went ahead and seeded beets in the back half of this bed.
Tall Top Early Wonder beet in the onion bed. They popped up in just 3 days with the warm weather we've been having.
The leeks are doing wonderfully. I've never gotten them to this size in Kentucky before. This variety is American Flag. I'm growing them in clumps of three about 8-12 inches apart. I tried trenching them last year which worked very well, but the squash plants ended up overrunning them.

June 26, 2018

Interesting Winged Bug

It rained crazily all weekend and I found this interesting insect hiding under our covered deck. It laid there quietly while I wandered around close to it, but then flew away when I accidently dropped a gardening clog. It was massive close to 2.5 inches long.
It's more than likely a cicada which have started singing in the trees lately.
It was playing dead for quite a long time making me think it was just a husk from molting but those are usually brown and don't have wings.

June 25, 2018

Harvest Monday, 6/25/18

Sun Gold cherries on the left and Be My Baby cherries on the right with Mrs. Burns lemon basil.

The basil has a delicious scent, a lovely mix of lemon and basil. I'm going to try drying it for tea.
Nero de Toscana kale on the left and Cavolo Lacianato kale on the right.

The kale plants are massive. They're obviously loving all the rain we've been getting. These greens are growing in the shadiest bed in the garden. The giant leaves are surprisingly tender and have good flavor. With none of the bitterness I've found with growing collards in the high heat of summer. They show no signs of bolting, we're supposed to get close to a 100 degrees this week (37.8 Celsius) which will be a good test for them.
On Sunday I collected all the tomatoes that were near ripe as it was supposed to rain a couple inches that night and almost an inch the next day. We ended up with a surprising amount of cherries, the larger ones are Black Vernissage, Sun Gold, Be My Baby, and Indigo Blueberries. Indigo Blueberries only darken when they're touched by the sun, otherwise they remain a pretty red color. But the first large ripe Pink Berkley Tie-Dye got eaten by some critter, probably a squirrel.
The cucumbers are just starting to produce. We never seem to get huge amounts of them. Probably a product of the varieties chosen and the high disease pressure in our garden.

There's lots going on in the garden. We've got corn tasseling and melons swelling. I'll be sharing pictures in a couple days.

I hope everyone is having a great summer. It's crazy that July is almost upon us. Time to start thinking about fall crops.

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June 23, 2018

Disease in the Vegetable Garden

Wilt infected Black Vernissage tomato plant.
I decided a week ago that wilt was infecting the Green Zebra tomato plant, so I went ahead and ordered Serenade concentrate to treat the garden. It took 5 days for us to get the order because of the weekend, and within that time a dozen tomato plants showed symptoms of the disease.
It just took a day for the disease to destroy Black Vernissage, one of the most vigorous plants in my garden.
The causal agent for wilt can be either bacterial or fungal. It infects the vascular system giving them a wilting thirsty look. By the time the plant starts dying it's too late. Even with the Serenade these plants probably aren't salvageable.
Green Zebra infected by wilt. It'll get dug up once it dries out a little.
I'm starting to suspect that many of the tomato plants were stunted as they tried to fight off the disease. Last year, many of the varieties were twice as large compared to this year. I had applied Serenade early on last year due to tomato speck (bacterial). After which I had no fungal disease in the garden, not even my usual late blight.
Potato plants infected with some kind of disease. After treating this pot of potatoes the stems are now upright.
The garden got treated on Wednesday, but it rained 6 hours later and has rained most of the weekend. Not the most ideal conditions.

So yesterday, I went through the whole garden and removed dying or yellowing branches on plants. Hoping it would give me a better picture as to whether or not the plants are improving. All the large branches on Black Vernissage are showing signs of infection now, the plant will need to be removed or cut back to the two little suckers that aren't showing signs of disease.

Ah well, it could be worse. In other news, Berkley Tie-Dye and Jaune Flamme are ripening so juicy tomatoes are on the horizon.