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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.

 

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Final Harvest

It’s getting to be that time of year when the vegetable garden is waning.  I’ve pulled some things already (beans, roma tomatoes, sunflowers, summer squash, cucumbers), but others are still producing.  We’ve been lucky to not have had a hard freeze yet.  So even though I thought I had picked my last harvest last week before a potential overnight frost, I still have a few things still growing.

Here’s some photos of what’s still growing, and my final (??) harvest.

Sweet Red Peppers

Sweet red pepper

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Kale

Kale

Early Girl Tomatoes

Early Girl

Green Peppers

Stephi Gardens

Zucchini

Stephi Gardens

Sweet 100’s Tomatoes

Sweet 100's

Some very tiny carrots

carrot

This weekend’s harvest-what a treat to still be having garden fresh vegetables in late October.

vegetables

Stephi Gardens

I forgot I planted beets, and when I was pulling out the “swiss chard”, out came these beets instead.  What a funny surprise.  I really need to mark my plants better!

Are you still getting vegetables from your garden?