Fran picking beans. She picks a double handful each day from two 7 foot trellises too close together. Fran also picks peas, zucchinis, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages and the eggplants. I pick the raspberries and blackberries.
We have had a good year so far, the only failures are the cucumbers which started well and then died off completely, a mystery. The zucchinis are dying off, the roots are rotting away, I planted in the same plot as last year, I guess that is why they have crop rotation. The bunny proof fence is still a success and bambi hasn't found the garden, yet.
I plan to enlarge the garden next year, there are still sunny spots just growing grass.
On July 2nd I pruned the Raspberries, and tied up the canes to baling wire strung between two fence posts. This is the first time I have correctly pruned the Raspberries. I am a low maintenance type gardener so I had just allowed chaos to reign. The wild raspberries across the street appear to be just fine, but, it seems you have to prune the type of raspberries I have to get a spring and fall crop. Since I know nothing I went to youtube.com, looked up "pruning raspberries", watched three or four videos and was an expert. I went to my local hardware, bought some baling wire to string between two fence posts, and got started.
I must say it was fun working with the baling wire, easy to bend, wrap, tie, and cut. It made me think of my visit to the Curtis Museum in Hammondsport, NY and the days when high tech was held together with baling wire.
There are four Raspberry plants, the first two to the left, this year's. The next bush is two years old and yielded good, and the one to the right is last year's bush, not so good last year and disappointing this year.
The basic method of pruning is cut all the brown stems, aka canes, and the pencil thin green canes. Tie the remaining canes to the wire. I used a clove hitch around the wire and a square knot around the canes. I used to sail. The end product looked like I knew what I was doing.
I left one cane untied, couldn't resist a little anarchy. Notice, the Holy statue can now see the sun.
Cabbage update: I wound up planting eight cabbage plants each with two foot spacing in the cabbage tunnels stretched out to eight feet. The tunnels can stretch out to almost ten feet, next year. The seedlings in the tunnels were germinated June 19th and the 21st. The sprouts were put into a starter tray about June 27th and the seedlings transplanted into the ground July 9th. Most of the timing was determined by social events, but, everything seems fine.
This past winter global warming killed the Fig Tree planted at the beginning of the garden.
The Fig came back as a bush, but you read about that back in Bad News, Good News back in June. A couple weeks ago, I pruned the Fig Bush to force growth to the figs instead of growing the branches. This seems to have worked, don't expect a bountiful harvest, but some will be nice.
Who would believe I would put garbage on the Internet? A week+ ago Fran said I should pick the cauliflower. I was greedy and lazy. Greedy because I wanted the cauliflower to get bigger, and lazy because I put off the picking. Well I got around to picking the cauliflower and cursed at my waiting too long, threw it in the yard waste and posted this picture, the garbage, on the internet.
This is our first year for Winter Squash, a fun to grow plant for the Victory Garden. It grows aggressively and produces a lot. It would like a garden much larger than Fran's Victory Garden. It is not easy to tell from the pics, but, the plant has grown about five feet or more in every direction from the spot it was planted. On the paths, I turn the runners back toward the plot. Where it stays on the plot, it has overrun the Cabbages, Cauliflower and is threatening the peppers.
We haven't cooked with them yet, but I hear that they make a better pie than pumpkin. Here are some other Butternut Squash Recipes.
New harvests in this last week or so have been plum tomatoes (squirrels like them), pole beans are just starting, cucumbers slowing down, and the firsts of the winter squash.
The last few weeks have been busy, Dental Surgery, recovery, Battle with the Baby Bunnies, weed whacking the garden paths, and a family reunion have come before blogging about Fran's Victory Garden. Just now the garden is bountifully producing, We have fresh garden veggies in many dishes, healthy for us. We are also giving produce to family when they visit. Come to our house and leave the car unlocked and you will find a zucchini in it when you leave. ...continue reading →
This would be hilarious if it were happening to someone else's garden, but, it is my garden. Baby bunnies were living in the garden and I was trying to encourage them to leave. How do you trap bunnies in a garden, what can you use as bait? What is the movie that has a subplot where a gardener is trying to find how a rabbit is getting thru the fence and is going crazy because he cannot find what to fix only to find the rabbit now lives in the garden? ...continue reading →
The first beans, and the last beets. There are two big trellises of beans, last year they did real good, this year looks to be even better.
The beets were a disappointment, planted about 20 square feet, but rabbits got in the garden, and rabbits like beets. Rabbits also like cabbages, no cabbages for the humans this year. In a separate post I will detail my battle against the bunnies.
First Fennel & Artichoke this year shown on the grill in this pic with some pineapple. The first pepper last week went to the omelet too quick to get a pic.
I think a chipmunk has been eating the cabbage. The cabbage was big, but I got greedy and wanted to let it get bigger while we went away for a weekend at the Black Sheep Inn in the Finger Lakes to go to the Watkins Glen Wine Fest. We got home and the head of cabbage was destroyed and I saw a little fat rodent scurrying in the garden. Not a rat, too big for a mouse or vole, brown so not a baby rabbit. Damn! It has been eating the beets also, double Damn! Oh well, I'll leave the damaged cabbage for it to eat so it leaves the fennel alone, I hope.
The Bunnies got my Zuccs. The bunny proof fence got damaged while doing some work and the bunnies have been eating the Zucc flowers, hence, no Zuccs. Didn't realize at first why no zuccs, but I am fixing the problem. The zuccs will recover, what a drag tho.
Harvested another cauli along w/ several cuccs and a hand full of peas. Fran cooked up a bush squash we picked the other nite, great.
Had to water the garden in this heat wave we are having here in the North East.