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July Vegetables

My spring vegetables really took a beating from the rabbits and the weather. Even though I had shored up the rabbit fence around the yard, all it took was a couple of holes and I had a nice happy family of rabbits devouring almost everything I planted. Radishes, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, kale, beets and carrots were all gone. The last straw was when my bean plants were each bitten cleanly off at the base.

Since this spring was a loss, I put up a rabbit fence around these two beds to protect what was left.

By now the weather has turned too warm to replant any cool weather seeds, so I’ll have to put my focus into what’s remaining and plan for some fall planting.

The Gourmet Gold Hybrid Summer Squash (Burpee) is truly a beautiful bright yellow summer squash and seems to be an early and heavy producer. A great addition when trying to eat a “rainbow of colors”. The Emerald Delight Zucchini has just started producing and so far I’m liking what I’m harvesting. Both are wonderful on a fresh veggie platter!

The garlic was ready to harvest last week and it’s now curing on the porch! I’m so spoiled by the amazing taste of homegrown garlic, that come late spring I dread having to buy garlic.

I planted the hardneck varieties Music and Purple Glazer, and the softneck Early California from Botanical Interests this year. My WI garlic is a little bit behind and probably won’t be ready for a couple more weeks. Want to know more about growing and harvesting garlic? Check out my previous garlic posts or search for the tag “growing garlic” on the right sidebar.

The Early Girl tomatoes have lived up to their name and already been producing tasty tomatoes perfect for salads and sandwiches, and the Better Boys aren’t too far behind. The Super Sweet 100’s cherry tomatoes are just starting to ripen as well. Tomato season is here!

Last but not least are my potatoes. I planted a lot of Yukon Gold and Dark Red Norland potatoes. Even had to buy more potato bags to plant them all. They look really healthy this year since they’ve had plenty of rain. Want to grow your own next year? It’s really easy to do and fun to find all those potatoes in the fall. Check out my how-to’s on planting, growing and harvesting potatoes.

How are your vegetables doing? Have weather or creatures been a problem for you?

Maybe since it’s been cooler in WI, and the garden fenced in better, I’ll have better luck with the mid-summer harvests of my spring planted seeds that I planted there. I’ll be checking on that soon.







August Tomatoes

My tomatoes have really enjoyed the weather this summer. They’ve grown like gangbusters and starting to produce some beautiful red fruit.  I planted four varieties this year:

All have lots of green and red fruit on them.  The first Romas have not been very juicy, I think they needed to ripen on the vine a little more.  The Better Boy has a shorter maturity time than Big Boy, and it’s had quite a few nice sized ones already.  Big Boy is just getting started.  The cherry tomatoes are really sweet this year, and from the looks of it, I will have a “million” as advertised.  Unfortunately for me, my daughter, who is the biggest cherry tomato fan in the family,  just moved into her own apartment.  She’ll be bringing home bags of tomatoes when she comes to visit!


Sweet Million Cherry Tomato


Sweet Million Cherry Tomato


Better Boy




Big Boy

Todays picks are gong to make the perfect BLT’s for tonight’s dinner.


And before you think all is perfect, sometimes things go wrong and you get rotted fruit on the vine.  Best to pick and throw away asap, they’ll soon be covered with house flies and fruit flies and just get generally gross.




Does anyone else get a rash and itch terribly after touching tomato vines?  I know I need to come right in and wash my arms as soon as I’m finished.  Sometimes after weeding I get the same problem. I really need to start wearing long sleeves.

You can find more information on the tomatoes I’m growing on this previous blog post page.