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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Green Report.

This has been a pretty amazing gardening year - other than the usual onslaught of slugs, snails, Japanese beetles, potato bugs, and assorted rodent overruns - everything, except the summer squash, dammit - has been doing well.

When I ran out of room and all my whining couldn't loosen up another spot in my neighbor's garden, I stuck my remaining Hubbard squash plant, along with a couple of butternut seedlings, in my cow manure pile.  I leave this pile where it's delivered, untouched, for two years.  Then I mine it!  I think the squash likes its location.
 

This close up shows the squash
vining right up the tree!
A first for me this year, fennel, is coming along nicely.  This is the first one to bulb out.  Out of the six I planted, five formed bulbs, while one did it's own thing. 


I should be able to take the garlic off their rope hangers this weekend to make room for the Big Daddys.  Which are harvesting themselves, apparently.  I have green and yellow beans coming on, while all five hundred cukes are plotting to grow to usable size at the same moment.  Time to dust off the canner!

9 comments:

  1. You're gonna be even busier than usual. It has been a wonderful year for gardening--I think Ma Nature is trying to make up for that ENDLESS winter. Which, by the way, is probably lurking right around the corner. It's only a week more of July. How the heck did that happen?????????

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    1. Sue - I swear that, much like weekend time, summer time moves faster! It seems that every year is a new surprise when it comes to growing your own food. I don't know how our ancestors did it.

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  2. I'd take a bunch of those cukes and green beans off your hands if I could, seeing as how mine are obviously a favorite food of California ground squirrels....

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    1. Michelle - Don't be surprised if a box arrives at your doorstep. I wonder how well cukes travel....

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  3. Susan,

    This year has really been wonderful for most gardens. You say you have plenty of beans and cucumbers.......I have the same issues :-) .......really not issues, I've been canning and having a blast. I'm wondering if an outdoor kitchen is something we need to push a little further here on our homestead. I use the gas stove outside to help with canning but don't have the sink or area to work.
    The best type of raised bed to plant is just pure manure, lol.....

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    1. Sandy - I think an outdoor kitchen is the way to go for canning season. Or any other cooking when it's 90 degrees and humid. I try and do my canning early in the morning, when it's the coolest. Good thing I get up at 4!

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  4. oh no! my fennel has not set bulbs. are they toast?

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  5. Well, obviously I should have planted MY squash in a manure pile! You'd laugh to see the size of mine (squash, not manure pile) compared to yours.

    Your garlic is done drying??! Heck, I just today cut the scapes off mine.

    And let's face it . . . summer DOES indeed go by faster than any other time of year. (If only I could go faster, faster, faster . . . puff-puff-puff.)

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  6. Wow! Your garden sounds amazing! We have a very small one but it's doing better than usual. And, hubby has been building more raised beds to grow even more. I hope we can have half the green thumb and luck that you do. :-)

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