I thought it was a good time to take a look at how the garden is faring, then in the years to come I can repeat (or not) those things that worked (or didn’t):
Tomato bed – so far, they are all looking great! No ripe ones yet, but should be soon. The dill and parsley in this bed are doing wonderfully, the basil not so much. It’s genovese basil, but it wanted to bolt early and hasn’t gotten as big as I would have expected.
Pea bed – they did wonderfully and are now on their way out. Next time I will have many more and taller strings for them to climb. Our harvest would have been much larger if they hadn’t fallen all over each other.
Summer Squash bed – The Raven Zucchini and Saffron yellow squash started out with a bang. They still look good, but aren’t producing much… lots of flowers but not fruit. The Tromboncino squashes seem to be doing well. The Jarrahdale Pumpkin squash is very slow going… lots of blooms but no fruit yet. The eggplant is growing slowly and small as usually with me. I don’t know what it is about me and eggplant, but I can never seem to get a good harvest. The bees are loving the garden, so I know I have lots of pollination going on.
Cucumber bed – the cukes are booming!! I’ve harvested over 13 pounds so far and there are many more little ones growing. I’ve noticed some spots on some of the leaves and I don’t know what it is. I don’t want it to take over and kill the plants! Ugh, that would be tragic… they are looking so great!
Brassicas – The kale has done wonderfully and still going strong. The beets not so much. I planted varieties for lots of greens, but haven’t gotten much. The spinach all did poorly. I planted 3 different varieties and none of them grew very large or produced very much…. I’ve never had much luck with spinach. The broccoli has gotten eaten up by some bug that I dont’ recognize. But we’ve had almost no harvest from it.
Potatoes – so far so good… no major complaints
Lettuces – they all did fabulous. We weren’t a fan of the mixed greens… there was something in there that was too bitter and too spicy. So they ended up just bolting, but this created a nice shady spot for the lettuces to grow, and they have done great. The chard in the bed is also doing wonderfully.
Pumpkins – doing well. Not too much fruit yet, but there are a few.
Green beans – going strong. I’ve noticed some spots on the lower leaves… trying to figure out what it is.
Winter squash – The Zeppelin Delicatas seem to be doing great, the David’s Dakota Delight is growing, but I haven’t seen much fruit yet. The Squisito Spaghetti squash seems to be doing ok…. I’ve not grown much squash before, so I don’t know what a good yield is from one plant.
Melons – so far so good. The vines are only a few feet long but there are flowers and small fruits.
Garlic – The garlic bed has done horribly. Partly because one of the cats is using it as a litter box, but mostly because the soil is too hard. I need to plant it, and the onions in one of the deeper, raised beds next year.
And for Junes Harvest: (Some of it seems so piddly, especially the greens, but we really aren’t harvesting and eating it like we should… there’s a bunch out there!)
4.25 inches or rain
90 eggs (the count is down ’cause we have 3 hens either sitting on eggs or raising chicks, and the other hens seem to have slowed down a bit with hot weather)
1 ounce garlic scapes (the garlic has done poorly this year!)
1 pound kale
14 oz lettuce
4 oz. chard
~6 ounce of herbs (parsley, dill, basil…)
5 # sugar snap peas
2# 4oz potatoes
6# 6oz. summer squash
2 baby onions
12 oz broccoli
13# 9oz. cucumbers
total of ~31 pounds of produce in June (not too bad for a new garden)