The Vegetable Garden in the Middle of July
“If well managed,
nothing is more beautiful than the kitchen garden.”
William Colbert, 1829
I guess that my garden is now classified as a ‘kitchen’ garden.
I am missing the ‘big garden’, but it has been so nice to just be working here at home in my little garden.
How nice to just step out the door, stroll thru the garden on the way to the chicken yard
and pull a few weeds.
The vegetable garden is growing very nicely. It is always surprising to see how fast things grow when the weather heats up. This is why it is valuable to regularly take photos of your garden-you can really see the difference in just a few weeks.
Below, the peppers, both sweet, in different colors, and hot. I am just growing a few hot peppers this year. Some for salsa and I am wanting to try cooking chili rellenos. We really enjoyed the sweet peppers last year. I made stuffed peppers and froze containers of them, and how nice to pull one out of the freezer and have dinner almost ready, or have frozen chopped peppers for a stir fry.
The bed of mixed cauliflower, broccoli, savoy cabbage and red cabbage. And a few volunteer gladiolas that over wintered from last summer, amazingly. Also, there is one plant of cutting celery that also over-wintered. It is nice to use in making soups, or anything that calls for celery. The variety is ‘Afina’.
In the raised beds, I am able to plant very close. As long as the beds are well fertilized. The plants are so close together that most of the weeds are shaded out. I also tried to plant dill in amongst the cabbages, to help keep the cabbage moths away, but they also got shaded out.
Here you can see how tight I planted the bed-a row of tomatoes down the middle of the bed, and a row of beans on each side of the tomatoes. They are both doing very well, considering how tight they are. There are green tomatoes (can’t wait!) and I will be picking beans and canning on Monday.
The newest raised bed, planted to different varieties of cabbages, and a few more peppers.
This is the bed of garlic that was planted last fall. As I type this, this bed had been dug, and the garlic set to drying. The garlic did very well, but I planted far too much. Will be looking for ways to get rid of some garlic. Also, a few kale plants.
And where would a garden be without cutting flowers? Mixed sunflowers in the back, cosmos, mixed zinnias and gladiolas. I should have planted the cosmos in front of the zinnias-the zinnias are growing taller and over shadowing the cosmos.
The early tomatoes in the green house. But these are not so early-I planted them late. I was so happy with the tomatoes that I grew in the greenhouse last year-they grew without any blemish or insect or other damage, and just kept producing beautiful tomatoes all season, that I planted twice the number this year.
I have been pruning these tomatoes diligently, pinching out the suckers. I saw a photo of greenhouse tomatoes, and the vines were all pruned from the bottom up to the first fruiting branch. So that is what I am trying, and we’ll see how it works. I just want that first ripe tomato!
The little pot of herbs that is used in cooking-rosemary, stevia, oregano, sage, thyme, and a separate pot of parsley and cilantro.
There is also a bed of zucchini squash, some peas, and the beds of strawberries, asparagus and onions.
How is your garden growing?
“Thou art my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in thy word.”