It’s the middle of summer already and I thought I’d take a few minutes to show you the pluses and minuses in my garden so far this year! I’ve grown some really awesome food already, but I’ve also had a few things happen that have made me pretty sad.
Here is my July Progress Report!
First, here are some veggies I am proud of:
I’ve got a nice looking row of purple kohlrabi! Some are even ready to pick. I love eating kohlrabi raw, but it’s also good sauteed!
Carrots are coming along… This one’s looking pretty good!
My garlic is starting to flower. If you’ve been reading my gardening posts, you probably know this is the first year I’ve grown garlic. I can’t wait to dig it up and see what I’ve got down there.
I have a really nice stand of onions this year! I planted 100 red onions and 100 yellow onions, and most of them are doing great.
I planted Riesen Traube Tomatoes and San Marzano tomatoes that I started myself from seeds. This is the first year I have started tomatoes from seeds and successfully transplanted them! They are setting on some delicious looking tomatoes.
Cabbage! I’ve already picked one and made delicious no-mayo cole slaw. I’m picking this one later today and throwing it in the slow cooker with some of my homegrown potatoes, carrots, and sausage from Costco. Can’t wait to eat that later tonight. You can see everything we’re eating this week at my weekly menu plan.
My broccoli has done quite well, too. I’ve harvested 4 big heads already and lots of side-shoots. This is my last big head to pick and then I will only have the side-shoots left. They are still yummy though!
Green beans! They are coming in nicely and taste delicious.
Sunflowers! I.Love.Them. I have sunflowers almost all the way around my garden and I love them. Did I already say that??? I love my sunflowers! 😉 They are all volunteers from last year. My 7 year old and I moved a bunch and it looks like I have a sunflower wall around my garden. It’s so pretty!
And, now, the sad things in my garden… 🙁
Japanese Beetles are devouring my baby fruit trees. I’ve been picking them off and drowning them, and after doing that for several days and making little headway, I finally did break down and spray Sevin on the two worst trees. I know, I know. It’s not organic and it’s a terrible pesticide. The two trees I sprayed are so young though, and were so covered with the nasty beetles, that I wanted to give them a fighting chance. I also also bought a 25 yards of netting at JoAnn’s and am working to cover all of my fruit trees to keep them off so I don’t have to spray again. I’m not sure one tree will make it. They devoured at least 85% of the leaves.
Although the Diatomaceous Earth is keeping the Cucumber Beetles at bay, it is not working on the squash bugs. So far, the squash bugs have killed one zucchini, one squash, and one pumpkin. I am picking them off and drowning them every morning and evening, and I’m also drowning the eggs. But the blasted bugs are still winning.
Today, I drowned the whole plant as I don’t want the eggs to hatch. I do not know if I will be able to save my watermelon and cucumbers from the squash bugs, but I am still trying.
Other sites I don’t really like: my cauliflower and Brussel sprouts are not producing anything. I’m not sure what’s going on there, but no heads are forming on either of those plants so I intend to start researching a bit to see if I can find out why. Any ideas?
So far, I’ve dug up a few potatoes, harvested lots of broccoli, peas, onions, green beans and cucumbers. Friends have given me their extra zucchini so I’m still able to enjoy some of that, and I got lots of yellow squash before my plant was murdered. I’m looking forward to tomatoes, peppers and okra!
And that’s what’s going on in my garden! How’s your garden growing?