Last year I planted a few sweet potato slips for funsies. Some store bought sweet potatoes had sprouted and I decided to root and grow the sprouts. The result was impressive, to me. I found that each slip grew 3 large (about a pound each) potatoes. They were good and actually tasted better than the store bought ones. This picture shows a small part of the harvest. These potatoes are nice, rounded and large. The meat was rich orange.
With a big, easy harvest in mind, this year I planned Read more [...]
Somehow I carelessly missed about a half dozen overgrown zucchini. Since it is early in the season and the weather is still wet, I hoped that they would not be seedy and that I could freeze them. Yes, that is how it worked out.
I had put black several gallon nursery buckets sideways under the enormous zucchini plants that are spreading over the sides of my raised beds. These zucchini were hard to tell apart from the black pots in the shadows under the leaves. By the time I realized they were Read more [...]
Finally, the squash and cucumbers are starting to come in.
The round zucchini is a hybrid 8 Ball. I think that the 2 zucchini on the left side are Elite Hybrid - I picked the small one a few days too early. The pepper is a sweet banana and the 3 cucumbers are either Twilley Tasty Green hybrid or Japanese Long Heriloom -
I am picking the onions that I find. I waited too long and some of the tops have already dried up. If I miss some onions, they will re-sprout in the fall. Some of these Read more [...]
Last October, I planted Luculus Swiss Chard. (The seeds were from 2009 - still germinated very well). It didn't grow particularly well thru the very cold winter. This spring it took off and for the past month or so I have been drying a load or 2 each day. Swiss chard is a cooler weather plant and I can see some of the plants starting to bolt. I can see different styles of leaves and have chosen the plants that I want to let go to seed - plants that have very large, wrinkled leaves, shorter Read more [...]
With the move this past spring, as previously noted, all of my garden was planted at least a month late, including some winter squash.
The top left is one of only 2 Seminole Pumpkins that I harvested. They grew wonderfully the last growing season of my old home. I purchased new heirloom Seminole Pumpkin seed from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange this fall. I like them. They are a nice single serving size squash with a nice long stem. Oh, Next spring. . . Can't hardly wait . . . . . Read more [...]
Everyday I am able to pick several zucchini, yellow squash and 3 or 4 cucumbers. The peppers are slowly coming along – I really hope that they finally start to produce before the first freeze this fall. The sweet banana peppers are the most productive so far. Gotta do better next spring.
It is time to start harvesting the butternut squash. This is a basket of them, along with a couple of the less than stellar Pinata squash.
Most of the butternut squash that I grew was the open pollinated variety Waltham Butternut. It is a faithful, productive variety. This year I also tried several hybrid varieties from Twilley Seed. Indian Brave produced fairly well and I plan to plant it again next year. Early Butternut hybrid produced miniature fruit and I don't plan to plant it anymore. Read more [...]
After an impressive showing by volunteer cantaloupe (that were surely hybrid) last year, I bought 2 types of hybrid cantaloupe melons from Twilley Seed.
Primo cantaloupe is a typical orange meat, beige netted skin melon. It was supposed to be tolerant of powdery mildew - but that is not what I experienced this season. The other melon I planted was Galia Passport. These melons were supposed to look similar to cantaloupe and fully netted. My experience, however, was that they grew mis-shapened Read more [...]
It is time to harvest the first wave of carrots. These were planted around February or March (carrots are supposed to be a 60 day crop, but mine seem to take 90 days for most of the planting to grow large):
Picked some more a few days ago:
Interestingly, the size of the green top does not necessarily tell you the size of the carrot. Some large green tops have small carrots and some smaller green tops have larger carrots. A couple of the carrots were bolting, so I just picked them all. I have Read more [...]