I love July because it’s when I start getting a massive haul of veggies from my garden. All my hard work is paying off! One of my worst personality traits is that I’m terribly impatient–I hate the waiting and work that goes into gardening, I just want the payoff. I don’t want to weed, I just want veggies! Give me veggies! Unfortunately, gardening doesn’t really work that way. And maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve made gardening my hobby because I could use a lesson (or several) in patience.
Beans have been my biggest gardening success so far this summer. I harvested the last of my Beurre De Rocquencourt Wax Beans and Dragon Tongue Beans last week (see the photo above) and I’m going to pull those plants out this weekend. I haven’t had time to pick the beetles off of the leaves and now they look like this:
I also harvested my Christmas Lima Beans this month. I picked them all at once, but they weren’t all ripe–some of the seeds were a deep purple, others were pink, and others were white. But they all tasted good! I’ll be pulling these plants out this weekend too.
And Red Noodle Long Beans! It’s hard to tell in that photo, but they’ve grown taller than I am and if I had a bigger pole, they’d have grown even higher–right now, I just wrap the beans down the pole after they’ve reached the top. I can’t believe how prolific these things are.
I have several Petit Gris de Rennes melons growing. Hooray! My other melon plant is still only a few inches tall, so I’m doubting I’ll get anything from that before the summer ends.
Last year I had gotten several eggplant by this time in the summer, but nothing yet this year. I was excited to finally get a flower though! And I guess the ants were excited too. There are ants allllll over my garden.
Yellow squash! I’ve gotten 3 so far. I usually only have a short window for summer squash before the vine borers attack, so I’m pretty happy to have gotten 3 from this plant with another 2 on the way.
I’ve been harvesting the carrots I planted in the spring too. I’m not sure why everything in my garden is so slow, but I’m happy that I at least had some decent-sized carrots this year. The purple one is Cubits’ Cosmic Purple.
I think this is a Pineapple Tomato. I haven’t gotten a ton of tomatoes yet–a few Romas and Brandywine, a handful of Tommy Toe cherry tomatoes, lots of Green Grape tomatoes, and one Mr. Stripey. All of the tomatoes I’ve gotten are from the transplants I bought at Herbfest–still nothing from the ones I’ve started from seed!
I’m having some issues in the shadier parts of the garden. The leaves on this pepper plant have turned white (!) and then one of the winter squash plants has powdery mildew. I thought installing drip irrigation would solve all the powdery mildew issues I used to have, but now I think the real issue is that this part of the garden gets 4-5 hours of sunlight a day. If we ever get a fence, I think I might move my raised beds to the side yard.
In case you’re wondering, this is what all 4 raised beds look like now. The ones in front get a lot of sun, but the back two rows of the back beds are the ones where I have issues. See how they’re in the shade?
In other exciting outdoor developments, I finally got a fountain! I’m trying to grow a lily pad in it (which is what the brown thing in the middle is), but no luck yet. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to have a pond in my backyard. I even drew a diagram of what it would look like and everything. Other kids dream about being astronauts, but me, I just wanted a pond. That’s all I wanted! A pond! And fruit trees too. So this is me inching closer to that dream.
What have you been harvesting from your garden this month?