Garden Growth.

David's picture

So it`s been either raining, or threatening to rain, pretty much all week so progress with the cob studio has been spotty at best. So I`ll give an update on our garden. I can`t forget about the garden. Although half of the vegetables have already lived their full lives, there are still plenty others continuing to grow and produce. I hope they are getting close though because the days are getting cooler. Not good for the heat loving plants.

I`ll start with the potatoes. Most of the leaves are yellow, but there is still some life left in them. And as long as there are a couple of hardy leaves, struggling to live and stay green, the potatoes are still growing. But I couldn`t wait. I had to dig up a plant and take a look to see if the potatoes are doing well. And they are doing exceptionally well. I was worried that the potatoes would be deformed due to the clay soil. I was also worried they weren`t being watered properly. But they were doing just fine. A good size, well rounded and no internal hollow pits. Perfect!

The kale is down right blooming! The leaves are really large and full. And they`ll be like that for a long while just waiting to picked. I love it that you can just let them sit in the soil and use them when ever you want, and the fact that they are hardy and long lived. On top of that, they are a super food loaded with vitamins and nutrients. We have two plants in the garden and they are holding us just fine. On our homestead I imagine four would be good and six might be too many. But it all depends on how much of it we are going to use on a weekly basis.

The peas have died off and the green beans followed shortly thereafter. It`s a shame I didn`t have more time with the green beans because many of them withered on the plant. I would have liked to can them. The plants were very prolific and I bet we probably only ate 10% of the beans. What a waste.

The corn is doing well. I think all of the stalks grew the typical two corn cobs. Some are a good size, but there were a few that were a bit dwarfed. We have already started harvesting them, but not for preserving. We simply pull a few off and eat them with that evenings supper. Next season I`ll plant more and hopefully have enough cobs and time to preserve them. The kernels on our corn are firm, sweet and juicy. The very tips of the cobs don`t have any kernels, and I read that this is because of poor watering. Next season I`ll have to keep better tabs on it.

The onions and leeks seem to be doing well also. The stalks are still dark green, so I'm just waiting for them to die before harvesting them. I'm a bit worried about the onions because they have pushed up through the soil. Some of them are half way out. I'm not sure if I should leave them alone or cover them up. I tried to research the issue but couldn't find anything. Maybe I'll just cover up half of them. But other than being exposed, they look normal.

The bell pepper plants are still alive, but they won't be producing any fruit. I'm sure this is the result of poor light during it's early stages of life. When they sprouted from seed, I waited too long to move them into the sunlight forcing them to grow longer stems instead of big leaves. If you looked at them now, you would think it's still very early in the season. That's how small they are. They do have small pods where they will probably start flowering, but there isn't any time left for the fruit to come out.

The cheyenne have faired better. I have two plants that are producing long green chilies. I'm so happy they didn't turn out like the peppers. Last week I was getting a bit worried because the season is almost up, and the chilies were barely showing. But they are looking quite nice now. Soon I'll have a bunch of bright green chilies ready for salsa! Which is a good thing because the jalapenos sold at the grocery store are about as hot as a red bell pepper. Very frustrating when I'm looking for a spice salsa to go with my tacos or corn chips. When I harvest them I need to be sure to have a way to preserve them. I read drying and pickling are the best methods, but if I'm going to be using them for salsa, I think my best bet is to pickle them.

Lastly, my tomatoes. The plants seem to be taking a break because there hasn't been much growth lately. There are plenty of tomatoes but they are still small and green. Some have turned yellow, but that's about as far as they've gotten. The season is almost up and they are taking there sweet time to finish growing. The weather hasn't been exactly perfect for growing tomatoes. There just hasn't been enough heat lately. This week is looking better though. I've also ran a couple of plastic sheets over the plants to help trap some heat. Hopefully it will be enough. I read a second helping of compost would have been beneficial, but I missed out on that opportunity. All I can do now is wait and hope for the best.

So there you have it. It's early September and the first frost is on the horizon. My plants better kick it into gear if I want to get a good harvest from them. If only the hot weather can hold out long enough to let them finish up their business.

Here are some pictures I took about a week ago. (I've been trying to find the time to post this blog for a while now.)


Criddles's picture

Your garden looks great!!! That is one thing I want when I have a house again. There is nothing like picking a tomato from the vine and eating it right then and there!!!!

By Criddles
David's picture

Thanks! Yeah, we graze on our garden quite often.

By David
Rachel's picture

Yummy! :-D

By Rachel

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