Archive for July, 2011

One Tomato…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The hummingbirds are zipping across my deck going between the crocosmia that grows on both sides of my deck.

I have a saucer on my picnic table the birds are using as a bird bath.

I tasted my first tomato of the year. It was a SunGold. It was sweet and more are coming. Did any of you use the red plastic bag that goes over the tomatoes that Ciscoe talked about? I didn’t and I’m wondering if you got tomatoes sooner.

My lemon cucumbers are forming. One is about an inch in size.

I picked 3 green peppers that I ate tonight. I have to keep picking them so they keep producing more.

From Peas to Cukes

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

I took down the pea vines. I don’t compost them for reuse in the vegetable garden in case they are diseased or have fungus. I put them in a different compost pile that goes in the orchard.

I will turn over the soil and let it rest a week, then plant a fall crop. Broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, chard, napa, bok choy, things like that.

My cucumbers are coming along. Both lemon and regular green cucumbers.

My tomato bushes are quite lush and setting tomatoes. 6 of 7 bushes have tomatoes forming.

Warm Weather Is My Friend

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Thanks to the warm weather, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables are finally growing. I’m continuing to fertilize to speed things along. Fall will be upon us before we know it.

I harvested enough peas to almost fill a large paper grocery bag. I freeze those peas for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve been sharing the sugar snap peas with friends and co-workers. I’ve been harvesting my lettuce for salads.

Sockin’ It to My Apples

Friday, July 1st, 2011

I’ve covered my apples with nylon “Apple Socks”. When the apples are about 1″ in size, cover each one with a sock, adjust the sock so the stem is centered, then pinch the sock around the stem so it seals as much as possible and stays on. As the apple grows in size, the sock grows with it. I’ve done this for the last five years and my apples have been free of apple maggots. If there are clusters of apples, this is a good time to thin out the clusters.

Warm weather is finally here. I put pole bean seeds in the ground and they are up in a week. I put a tall pole in the middle and about 8 beans around. The beans will climb up and twist around the pole.