Following up on last week’s post, this week, we decided to delve a little further into some of what we’ll potentially be harvesting later this month and next month (and beyond!) The things we’ve been getting since the late spring and early summer — greens, beans, kale, and peas — are still doing well enough. A few of the bean plants have started flowering again, so we suspect we’ll get a decent second harvest in a few weeks. We replanted arugula and a couple lettuces that will hopefully be ready to harvest come early August. Meanwhile, our first harvest of peas turned out great, though, unfortunately, the peas that we planted with the cucumbers have been all but smothered by their viney companions. Lesson learned there — don’t plant peas and cucumbers together! Meanwhile, it looks like we’ll be getting a second crop of snow peas in the coming weeks, which is wonderful. Here’s what else is going on:
Views within the tomato plants and the tomato jungle are quite spectacular (if a little messy)! We’ve got lots of green and ripening fruits in all shapes and sizes. It’ll all be quite exciting come harvest time.
Looking elsewhere, we mentioned that we had luck with relleno peppers making a return. Well, this year we decided to try a couple other variety including something hotter — cayennes — and one of the plants has come through!
In other bean-related news, our several varieties of pole bean are doing relatively well, though the lima beans are the most prolific of the bunch, at least are far as growth and vining goes. Additionally, our small crop of soybeans is also coming in slowly.
So how about some squash? Well, we’ve got some, and quite happily so! As the squash and melon plants are taking over every last free space in the new stone bed, we’ve at least got a little to show for it.
Moving onto something sweeter, the ground cherry plants have started producing, and things are looking quite good. The little lanterns are much larger than they were last year, and hopefully that’s a good sign of the fruit to come.
Now, as we alluded to in the title, not everything planted has done as well as hoped. Can you guess what the plant with the yellow flowers pictured below is?
If you answered “cabbage,” you get a gold star! This is the sole Michilli Chinese cabbage plant that survived its initial transplant back in April. As the plant got bigger and bigger, we kept a close watch on it, looking for the cabbage head itself, but it never appeared. Instead, the plant threw up stalks that ended in clusters of pretty yellow flowers. What happened? Well, as cabbage novices, we didn’t know that cabbage is usually a cool weather plant. Hot conditions (and it’s been a hot summer, generally, since mid June) can cause cabbage plants to bolt to seed, which is what ours did. Ah, well. This sprawl of a plant is still pretty, and the flowers attract lots of pollinators.
You can’t win ’em all, right? Thankfully, we’re mostly winning with the garden this year, and that’s enough for us! We’ll end with a picture of our lace-cap hydrangea plant, which, as promised, is replete with an array of beautiful, violet-colored flowers.
Till next week! 🙂