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Garden Bounty: July Produce Count

August 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

July has been a strange month here.  It was hot and dry for the first three weeks, so much so that we feared losing the garden altogether.  The last week and a half of July it rained just about every other day.  The rain gauge showed approximately 4 1/2 inches over that time period.

However, the rain did help the corn, limas and tomatoes.  I have been keeping track of what I have picked and put up.   The limas and the corn are the definite winners here.  Cucumbers would be a close third.  The squash and tomatoes have just not done well.

We have picked:

  • 152 ears of corn
  • 5 gallons of limas
  • 25 cucumbers
  • 15 yellow squash
  • 5 tomatoes

I have put up:

  • 15 quarts of corn
  • 10 quarts of limas
  • 5 quarts of squash
  • 5 1/2 pints of bread and butter pickles

I have been a little disappointed in the garden so far.  I had hoped to have enough to put up to see us through the winter as well as sharing some with R’s and my kids.   Right now with the exception of the corn, it doesn’t look like we will have enough to see us through the winter much less the kids.

Some of it is our own fault.  We killed half a row of green beans with weed killer overspray trying to get rid of the wire grass.  The  wire grass has made it difficult to keep garden pests off of the plants.  It doesn’t hurt the plants themselves too much but you can’t see what is attacking the plants.  We also did not do enough preparation prior to planting the garden.  We should have sprayed the wire grass and let it die and then covered the rows.

Regardless, for the small amount of money that we have spent in seed, we have done well.  The tomatoes will ripen eventually.  There are tons on the vines and it’s just a matter of having enough warm nights to ripen them.

We have already planted a late summer planting of beans and squash so we should do better with them in August and September.  Once the corn is finished, we are going to plant turnips and collards there.  I also want to get some brussel sprouts and broccoli planted for the fall.

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Tags: Canning · Gardening

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DW // Oct 3, 2009 at 1:41 am

    One method I;’ve heard of for “organically” killing turf that may help prevent mishaps with your lima beans is spreading damp newspaper over the turf you want to kill and holding it down with soil or rocks on the edges. I haven’t tried this, so I can’t comment on the potentially negative pest impacts it could bring about. Apparently, however, when you’re ready to plant you don’t really need to till at all! The soil is already broken up from the dead turf roots. I’d love to hear your comments on this.

  • 2 Cindy // Oct 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

    DW, I have heard the same thing about newspaper. I have never tried it. I might give it a try but I suspect that the wire grass can find a way through it.

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