It’s July, with lots of heat, humidity and showers, so the garden’s growing fast. The wax beans have taken over their area and are full of blooms. In about a week I should start harvesting beans to can for winter. The corn did better than knee-high, it was belly button high for the Fourth of July! The stalks are beginning to tassel.
The field pumpkins, pie and mini pumpkins are all enjoying the long, warm days. They are rapidly spreading to fill any empty space in the garden. I’ve seen a few squash bugs and cucumber beetles, not as bad as some years. Could be the plentiful rain does not agree with them.
I just finished the first thinning of the carrots, much to the rabbits’ delight. The carrots and rainbow chard are coming along nicely. Soon I will enjoy the first chard harvest. Excessive rain when the chard was sprouting caused it to germinate spottily. I will seed the empty space in the row with carrots. They still have plenty of time to mature before fall.
The strange tendril peas are very happy growing up along the garden fence. They are covered in blooms and will soon make the most delicious fresh peas for eating right in the garden. The peas rarely make it up to the house to be cooked. They are too yummy raw.
Purple peppers are starting to grow well now after a slow start. Two were chewed off by something. Both stems continued to live and are putting on leaves again. Hoping to get at least one pepper each from those two damaged plants. As you can see, I still have plenty of weeding to do!
This year the tomato patch is nice and orderly, not a jungle at all. The plants climb up inside their cages, supported off the ground. They already are producing lots of fruit. I can hardly wait for my first taste of garden ripe tomato.
Now, if only the sunny weather with adequate rain continues. And no hail storms wander our way as they did up in northern Maine a few days ago. Quarter-sized hail hammered the area just below Moosehead Lake. That kind of hail is devastating to gardens (and everything else in its path!)