Late July Garden, Zone 7

Late July Garden, Zone 7


As a reminder, heres what it looked like in late May...



The rest of the pix I will post behind a cut in consideration for those that are viewing these pages on their etch-a-sketches....


Here it is in late July. The squirrels start besieging my tomatoes about 3 weeks ago, so I bought the PVC pipe, chicken wire, and bird netting. Some of the hardier squirrels are finding a way in, but it's they aren't raiding it like their own personal salad bar anymore. The strawberry box, in the foreground, didn't produce much this year, tho it seems to be producing additional fruit now. The squash on the outer bed did pretty well, the zucchini, and summer squash are in a lull right now, but have a lot of squash coming along, the patty pans just started to produce. Green beans on the right trellis have done well, the cukes on the left trellis have not done well at all, and I will try them in another location next year, and use that tellis for more pole beans.



Bean trellis.


Cuke trellis, pathetic. They are already starting to shut down, and they've only produced a few misshapen cukes. I think they need more sunlight.


Okra, it will produce in late August, and continue until first frost, or until I get tired of picking okra.


From the top, that white thing is a patty pan squash, they have the most delicate flavor of any summer squash, and no one seems to know about them. That black thing is a baby eggplant, I have made one batch of ratatouille this summer, hopefully the squirrles will allow me to have more (they've eaten 3 that I know of). In the middle there's Marichi peppers on the left, they will turn orange when they ripen, they are sweet hot peppers, milder than a jalapeno but hotter than bells, the do ok in my garden, and bells do not. Finally at the bottom is my basil, which is really starting to grow.

Last night for dinner, M and I had green beans sauteed in butter and garlic, a curried squash mixture (zucchini, patty pan and crookneck, and a farmers market tomato with basil and fresh mozarella...washed down with a cheap Australian Shiraz, which neutralized any carbon credits we may have gained by growing our own food. Bliss.

S'all for now,

L8r,
Gyr8or




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