Summer has arrived!!! It has been sunny for 6 straight days and hot, humid weather has hit New England. In the backyard garden, the Cocozelle Di Napoli squash and pumpkin plants have grown quite a bit. The pumpkin plants have made a run for it, escaping their raised bed. The vines will grow 10-12 feet and possibly more over the summer, putting down roots along the way. I have eight pumpkin plants so I am hoping for at least 8 sugar pumpkins this fall.
Three of my Early Wonder Beets are bulbing, nearly ready for harvest. This will make more room for the pumpkin plants. I will plant onion sets in place of the beet plants. I have been harvesting young onions as needed for cooking and then replanting with more onion sets since I bought three bags of onion sets and have yet to plant all of them. They were inexpensive, so I am not hesitant to use them as green onions. They have amazing flavor, much better and fresher tasting than fully grown onion bulbs.
I decided to put in at least one or two more raised beds in my backyard garden area. My 17 and 13 year olds built me an 88″x44″ raised bed from pallet wood on Sunday. The spot I chose gets a lot of sun but was on a slope so I had to dig out the hillside to level the new bed. Then I discovered something that is so very common here in New England.
I think I am just going to leave it alone this year. These boulders rise from the ground an inch or two a year. Next spring I will reassess the situation.
So many snow peas in this little vertical garden space.
I sowed a small patch of Dwarf Siberian kale in the spot where I took the beet plants out to chase the mole terrorizing my garlic bed (beets survived transplantation well). After I put out a couple of slug beer traps and caught three slugs, the kale seems to be growing well.
The Romano green beans are growing well and look like they might start blooming soon, but the cucumbers have been so slow growing. I top-dressed all of the cucumber and dill plants with compost this morning before watering. I expect a lot of growth in the next week with the beginnings of cukes in the weeks to come. Fingers crossed, because we all absolutely love cucumbers. I planted pickling and Suyo Long cucumbers on the bean teepee.
Now for the front garden which is doing better since I top-dressed with compost. With the heat I water every other day. I finally have a head of broccoli growing in one of the three broccoli plants. I have been so surprised at how long it has taken for the broccoli to go to seed (which is what a head of broccoli is — a bunch of flowers).
Driveway area terraced bed is overflowing with Aichi Chinese cabbage and dwarf bok choy seed pods, indeterminate tomato plants, broccoli, Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry, peppers, lettuce, onions, and cilantro which has already gone to seed (cilantro seeds are known as coriander which I plan to put in the pickles I will make for my 13 year old).
And finally, I must show you how much my grow bag tomato plants have grown in the past week. They all have at least one tiny tomato and lots of flowers, along with marigolds about 3″ tall now.