The month of July has arrived. June broke all rainfall records as it just kept raining and raining and in between we had a few lovely sunny and warm days. We all know we shouldn’t over water our plants but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature! We are on the verge of being water logged!
On my last garden update I shared the different garden areas and this time I’m sharing the kitchen gardens on my plant tables. I love popping out the back door and just off the deck to pick the fresh veggies. The plants in containers on these plant tables are really growing this year, probably due to all the rain we have had, but Im starting to worry as many of the bottom leaves are beginning to yellow and drop off … is it because of too much rain or not enough sun and warmth?
I planted several different varieties of peas this year … snow peas, tall peas, Alaska peas, monk peas and snap peas and I don’t remember them being this tall for ages.
The monk peas have pretty pink blooms on them and I can’t wait to see the pods develop. Other varieties have the white blooms and the small pea pods are beginning to develop. Peas are one of the veggies we love to eat picked right off the vine, so sweet and crunchy.
This year I set up a separate table just for climbing beans … October pole beans, rattlesnake beans, black valentine, and blue coco pole beans. They are already starting to reach up the netting. I’ve also got scarlet runner beans growing up a trellis by the house and they are about half way up the trellis. There are also a few varieties of bush beans, both yellow and green, growing in big tubs on the plant tables. Most of the beans get frozen after harvesting and they supply us with beans most of the winter.
The bean trellis was easily made using some lengths of wood to make the frame and then covering it with garden netting.
The only ones that is disappointing are the Deseronto potato beans growing in one of the tubs. Out of 11 seeds planted only one of them grew, for reasons only the seeds will know. But I’m nurturing this plant in hopes of some pods which I will harvest and save for next year.
I’ve grown potatoes in big bags for a few years now, it is my no dig method for harvesting. I just lift the bag and tip it into the wagon and sift through the soil and get all the potatoes. The upper right photos shows the bags with some shoots poking through at the beginning of June and by the end of the month they are starting to flower. Yummy potatoes in a few weeks.
I’ve been picking lettuce for awhile now, just a few leaves at a time to add to sandwiches or to put on burgers.
The other crop I’ll be picking soon are the Egyptian walking onions. The bulblets are forming on the top and will soon be ready to plant for next years crop. I don’t eat these much, just the odd one, but they are like a big green onion with a stronger taste.
The plant is edible. You can eat either end of the plant, but usually you dig the plant and eat the bulb below the ground, and save the top for planting or sharing. There is quite an ‘onion’ smell when they are lifted from the ground. You can use the greens (stem) like chives, and chop to add to salads or soups. I would recommend doing a taste test first to see if you like the taste before adding to your food. Check out the link above to see them and find out more.
I just planted a couple of rows of radish. They grow quickly and the grandkids like to snack on them.
July has the promise of lovely pickings from the garden. Nothing tastes better than home grown.
Are you enjoying a harvest from your garden?
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
Growing well: red carpet stonecrop, ligularia, ferns, false spirea, sedum, mint, garlic chives, obedient plant, sorrel, clematis, rose of sharon, Jerusalem artichoke, canna, yucca root,
Promising harvest: peas, 4 o’clocks, beans, potatoes,
Budding: yucca, ditch lilies, echinacea,
Blooming: mountain bluets, meadow sage, coral bells, yellow loosestrife, potentilla, yellow daylilies, evening primrose, penstemon, hosta, lady’s mantle, daylilies, wegelia, drumstick allium, honeysuckle vine, Egyptian walking onions, rose campion,coreopsis, heliopsis, lavender, Stella d’oro daylilies,
Blooms finished: crocus, pussy willows, red trillium, mini iris, trillium, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, mid size yellow iris, lilacs, ajuga, sand cherry, honeysuckle shrub, solomon seal, vinca, poppies, lily of the valley, chives, tall yellow and purple iris, yellow molly alliums, bleeding heart, nine bark