It sure makes me feel better about my garden. It's definitely not as successful as last year's garden, but I'm not sure if that's because we had more planted last year, or if it's because of the cold start to the summer, or because we don't have the high tunnel buttoned up tight like we did last year.
So far this year we've had lettuce, zucchini, and sugar peas. While I had visions of bumper crops in my head, the royal burgundy beans (basically green beans, but purple), are very slowly growing their beans (4 days and still only an inch long!), while the yardlong beans, a runner, are less than a foot tall.
The carrots are looking good on top, but who's to say what's going on under the soil? According to the packages, they should be ready mid-August, but the last one I pulled "just to check" was still just a fat root. I planted 4 envelopes of carrot seeds; I really want them to grow! Last year I had people tell me that if I had extra carrots, they would take them. If even half of the carrot tops have good carrots attached, I will definitely have enough to sell.
I still have just the one pepper on the 2 pepper plants that I bought, and none of the pepper seeds that I planted had the courtesy to sprout. If that one pepper grows to full size, it will be the most expensive one I've ever eaten = a $9 pepper!
The squash plants are stunted and I feel like they haven't made any progress in a couple weeks, no matter the fact that they look like they have new growth in their centers at all times. What I've figured out, based on the squash and last year's results, is that I need to NOT plant at the outside edges of the high tunnel. Three of the big beds use the high tunnel as one of their sides. Next year I need to pull the soil in, have the high tunnel side of the beds be a walking path, and maybe something will grow?
|according to the package info, the squash plants should be mature NOW!|
|baby zucchinis never had a daddy in their lives...|
The variety of peas that I bought this year were supposed to be bush plants; the envelope says that they would grown 24" - 36" tall. They're taller than me now. Luckily they look to be doing well. I put some in my turkey & cheese wrap the other day, for some crunch, and I put some in the fried rice I made the other night. The variety is Dwarf Gray Sugar, so they're supposed to be picked before the peas develop, which means I'll need to harvest some today, as yesterday there were about a dozen that were getting fat.
Decisions so far: I will not plant peppers nor broccoli again....
What will come of the garden in August?