Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vegetable Garden Update 3--It's a Jungle Out There!

The recent HOT weather, extra watering, and a few thunderstorms, have really given the plants a boost and they are getting huge--even over taking the pathways between rows, and producing enough to keep me busy already!  I thought I should give you an update as I am starting to get some good veggies out of the garden now!

Today's harvest included about 8 pounds of green and yellow beans, 3 small zucchini, 1 yellow summer squash, a dozen jalepenos, 15 or so banana peppers, and a grocery bag full of cucumbers.  A few days ago I already had a great amount of the cucumbers and beans as well.

All varieties of tomato plants have been tied up twice already and some need to be further supported again as they are sprawling everywhere--full of blossoms and some green tomatoes.

The watermelon vines are spreading out and we have a few softball sized fruits.

The winter squash (pumpkin, acorn and butternut) are really growing all over the place and have lots of flowers too.

The white potatoes grew to about 2 and 1/2 feet tall. I have hilled them up and now they are flowering. I sure hope we get some good spuds this year.

The leaves of the sweet potatoes were all eaten by a ground hog who came up from underneath the greenhouse right in the middle of the fenced in garden--so much for our great fence! :(   Gary the Groundhog has since been "dealt with" and no longer poses a threat to the crops...I am convinced however where there's one, there's a whole family... and I will be keeping a watchful eye for signs of more and....eh hem...well, you know... take care of them too if need be...we'll just leave it at that, ok ?

Upcoming posts should be coming at you soon, and will be on the topic of  what to do with all the harvest now that the garden is producing!?

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