Vegetable Garden Update – Aug 2013

We’ve had to do some cleaning up…

The bed on the right had Kale  till about 2 weeks ago, it was all getting too big and covered in aphids, the raspberries were disappearing in behind them , fall broccoli and cabbage is in there now.

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there are still a few raspberries…

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The greenhouse has been cleared out tomatoes and cucumbers were over crowded and cucs had a terrible amount of mildew, so sad they produced really well ” Note to self” Don’t overcrowd the green house next year!

We still have strawberries..

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Peppers are just starting to ripen.. these are a Sweet RedAug 2013 014

…the Hot Thai Dragon are still green

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Fairy Tale Eggplant are slow, we have white fly on them…we’ve tried garlic water , it doesn’t work…so we’ve had to resort to a commercial spray, its better but not perfect..

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these are tough plants and still growing strong..

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Basil keeps on growing..

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Butternut Squash has bounced back , I thought they were gone since the mildew was a huge problem when they were smaller, but with some extra TLC..

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fertilizing and fungicide ( tried Garlic water here too, no luck) they have bounced back

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some of the baby squash were falling off so I’ve been assisting with pollination , we now have several that are growing..

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we have Zuccini plants.. finally beat the slugs..lol…now lets see if there is still time for this veggie to grow! Purple Pole Peas are behind them..

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Celery is looking really good,  and the yellow runner beans are finally doing well, late but again they were planted a few times thanks to critter’s..

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a few Onion seedlings have been put in..

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almost all of the Leeks have bolted ..

most of the Walla Walla Onions have been harvested..

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Calendula & Nasturtiums..

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Shallots and Green Onions are thriving..

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Organic Shallots , what would these cost you in the store?

They look like they are finished growing but they haven’t they will divide into several more shallots, they are a slow growing crop but worth the wait!

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Brussel sprouts and sugar snap peas for the fall..

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Cherry Tomatoes…

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more peas…42 ft of peas …hmmm …too much?? We’ll see..

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Another experiment for us…we have a new composter!  Second hand, new one..so excited to try it out . I love the design, its off the ground so it will stay neat and tidy , add the material and turn…ideal for our small yard looking forward see how it works!

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6 thoughts on “Vegetable Garden Update – Aug 2013

  1. Sound like you’re having your share of bug problems, but your produce looks so good. I’ve been thinking about getting some raspberries. How many plants do you have? I probably should get at least one plant for everyone that is living here, but for just a treat now and then,I wonder if 5 would do? There’s 7 of us… What do you think?

    1. So far, the bugs we have eat the leaves, I’ve had to replant a few times.. if I can catch them early enough most of the veggies still do ok 😉
      I haven’t had much experience or luck with Raspberries, ours are in the wrong place. We have 3 bushes, 2 haven’t done well, and one wouldn’t be enough for an occasional treat…but then again, its in the wrong place and I haven’t been careful enough to prune it properly . Sorry not much help!
      I would ask locally what varieties do well, ever bearing and or summer bearing. . You wont get much the first year, but given the right conditions, should do well after that 😉

  2. Oh, how much fun to see the results of your hard work! I just love sitting down here and seeing it all. You guys are learning so much this year, I’m thinking. How much enjoyment Dad would have gotten out of all this (no doubt sitting there with a “cold one” watching it all). But his spirit lives on! 🙂
    You guys go for it. Our heat wave has broken, but I’m afraid the raspberries are done for the year. Next year, I’m changing the raspberry patch. The lady before us had a solid bed of them; 6 plants wide by about 20 long. Never again! Trying to pick the interior berries was not easy, and I know I missed a lot. I’m going to root out the 2 middle rows, and simply have a couple of rows with a good space between. I think they will all get more light that way, and certainly be a lot easier to pick.

    1. It is fun to see the results and enjoy them! 🙂 I think of Bill so often in the garden, we say the same thing , that “He would have loved it so much” !
      Happy to hear that its cooling down a bit for you!
      I would love a raspberry patch that big, but they can go crazy. I would think that thinning them would make a huge difference and you may get bigger berries!

      1. That’s just what I’m thinking too. I’m going to not only wipe out the middle couple of rows, but also root up every other plant in each row, and leave about a couple of feet in between. We’ll see! But oh, those berries were good. From what I hear, you can’t kill ’em, though.

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