Mary's Veggie Garden

July 22, 2013

Harvest Monday July 22, 2013: Summer crops ramping up

Filed under: Gardening,Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 6:55 am
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The week of July 14-21 was a week of seasonal firsts: I harvested the first ripe tomatoes, beans, summer squash, cucumbers, and potatoes.

But first, let’s take a look at my garden in the community plots at Vassar Farm. I took the photograph at the gate.

VF garden 7/19/2013

VF garden 7/19/2013

This garden is 20’x40′.  The peppers and cucumbers are along the fence to my left, out of sight. The first bed contains edamame soy, covered with a floating row for protection from the bean beetles and stink bugs that destroyed the plants and harvest last year. The row cover is plastered against the leaves because I’d just finished watering with a hose.

The second bed contains potatoes. The early varieties are on the right end of the bed and the late varieties under the row cover on the left.  I dug the Yukon Gold plant from the hole by the white markers and they are definitely ready to harvest, however it was too hot to do much digging last week.

The third bed, with the flat row cover, will be my fall Brassicas. Beyond that are two beds of squashes, most of which are not thriving this year. Seven tomato plants are in the bed covered by red plastic. A bed of sweet potatoes is completely hidden behind the tomatoes. The last bed contains corn. The sweet potatoes are doing very well: the vines are starting to run under both the tomatoes and the corn. Carrots and spring broccoli are along the right fence and the onions along the left fence.

If you look closely, you’ll see another white row cover in the upper left. That plot is also mine. It is planted with melons, more tomatoes, beans for drying, a second later planting of corn, and more squash and sweet potatoes.

I also grow vegetables at home in a garden that has half the sunshine and half the pests that the community gardens have. Here is most of the weekly harvest.

Wed. 7/17 Kossack kohlrabi, my first Summer Dance cucumber, Sugar Snax Carrots, onion

VF Wed. 7/17: Kossack kohlrabi, my first Summer Dance cucumber, Sugar Snax  & Yaya carrots & onion

Wed. 7/17 Yukon Gold Potatoes

VF Wed. 7/17 Yukon Gold Potatoes

Notice the potato at the top center. It looks beat up and old, and there was some rot on the back. I finally realized this is the seed potato I planted back in April.  The seed potato weighed 4.2 oz and I dug 2.03 pounds of new potatoes from the hill for an 8-fold increase.

Home Thurs 7/18: the first beans and first Zephyr summer squash.

Home Thurs. 7/18: the first beans, first Zephyr summer squash, last of the snow peas, a few favas, and a kohlrabi.

It’s been very hot and dry – our last measurable rainfall was July 1. I think the kohlrabi stopped growing and then restarted when I started watering resulting in the strange shape.

VF Fri. 7/19 beets, the first tomatoes, cuke, onions, chard and carrots

VF Fri. 7/19  broccoli side shoots, beets, the first tomatoes, cuke, onions, chard and carrots

Home Sat. 7/20 The bean harvest builts: top Rattlesnake and bottom Northeaster - both pole beans

Home Sat. 7/20 The bean harvest builds: top Rattlesnake and bottom Northeaster – both pole beans

VF Sun. 7/21 Summer Dance cukes, Sungold tomatoes, and a few Rattlesnake beans harvested to eat raw with lunch.

VF Sun. 7/21 Summer Dance cukes, Sungold tomatoes, and a few Rattlesnake beans harvested to eat raw with lunch.

Even as the cucumber harvest builds, I see its end rapidly approaching. I only had 4 plants and Sunday I removed the second plant suffering from bacterial wilt. This is no surprise, cucumber beetles are bad at the community gardens.  I made a second planting in mid-June at home and it is growing well.

Harvest for the year: 88 pounds. Thus far rhubarb is in the lead at 16 pounds, but I expect that to change. It is considerably cooler today and my plan is to dig potatoes.

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10 Comments »

  1. You have such wonderfully colorful harvest, your meals must be really good.

    Comment by jenny — July 22, 2013 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  2. Well, you have quite a nice harvest there! Good variety! I know rain has been pretty scarce the past month, despite the high humidity. Hope you get some soon.

    Comment by Patsy — July 22, 2013 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

    • Me too, I’m tired of watering. But at least the heat broke today. We can all breathe easier.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 22, 2013 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  3. A great looking garden and a wonderful harvest this week!! Lots of variety! We will be to your stage in about 3 weeks, then the work begins!!

    Comment by Stoney Acres — July 22, 2013 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

    • Is the harvest work or pleasure? Your melons look great. I don’t think I have any yet.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 22, 2013 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  4. Congrats on all the first harvests this week. It is always exciting to get the first summer crops of the year. Enjoy!

    Comment by Budding and Blooming — July 22, 2013 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  5. Jealous of your tomatoes, mine are still green, hoping they will show some color this week.

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 23, 2013 @ 6:47 am | Reply

  6. You have a really nice harvest. Thanks for the tour of your community garden plot. 20×40 is a pretty generous plot size, I think ours are 15-20, half the size of your. And you have 2 plots! You can grow a lot of food with that much space.

    Comment by Daves's SFG — July 23, 2013 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • Our standard plot size is a 20×20 for $30 and I’ve been renting the same two plots since 2006. This year I picked up a third plot when someone paid but didn’t plant. The extra plot gives me enough space to do some experiments and have more generous spacing & paths. I do grow a lot of food – we eat garden food year round – fresh or stored.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am | Reply


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