Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer veggies and looking towards fall

The squash, bean and tomato plants continue to produce. I've never had summer squash in this quantity before; somehow the squash vine borer population is greatly diminished this year, so the Cocozelle zucchini, Ronde de Nice (Eight-Ball), and Summerstick are doing well (in contrast, my tromboncino vines seem to be the favorite of the (currently) resident woodchuck.

Tomatoes are ripening rapidly in the dry summer heat; I've been impressed by the Sungold tomatoes -- I love their sweet-tart flavor, and they're certainly productive. A delicious fresh tomato sauce for dinner featured a tomato mix -- yum, with fresh squash as a side dish, of course. The beans are taking a rest. This was a harvest from last week!

Tomorrow, I'm going to begin sowing broccoli and brussel sprouts seeds, and maybe a bit of experimental Pac Choi, for transplanting in 4 weeks or so, in mid-August. I'll also try a first sowing of fall carrots and beets, along with more basil and summer lettuce.

It seems nuts, but now's the time to do it.


  1. I'm so impressed by what you've already harvested! Yum!

  2. I would like to get ONE tomato this summer...each time we are beginning to turn from green to white-ish green before going red...the squirrels get them!!!

  3. You sure are getting a lot from your garden. I am just starting to harvest here. So far I have peas, lettuce, carrots, strawberries and a few other veggies near ready for picking.
    I also have many of my fall seeds sown.

  4. Oh, my --
    You should have seen all the veggies that I haven't taken pictures of -- tomatoes, squash, beans -- yikes!

    Nancy, I hope you'll enjoy some wonderful vegetables and berries this summer.

    Janet, geez, I can't believe that the squirrels are eating your tomatoes!

    Keewee, hope you'll have a lot more over the summer -- we've long since had our hot summer heat finish the lettuce, carrots and strawberries.

  5. I'm impressed, too, by the Sungold tomatoes. They have kept on coming, nonstop, since mid-June with almost no care except occasional deep watering. I also am happy that they thrive in part shade. I get about 4 hours of midday sun, so I've been looking for veggies that will produce in those conditions. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who also has been trying to grow vegetables in part shade- what works, doesn't work.


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