|Black Brandywine Tomatoes|
But it is also the most rewarding time of year. There is actual food out there. The flowers are blooming. Plants are at their prime. If friends stop by to visit your garden there is something to see other than a mass of green or stretches of tilled soil. I find it fun when someone asks me "how exactly does cauliflower grow?" and I can walk them over to a large healthy cauliflower ready to pick.
|Barlow Jap Tomato plant|
And to think I was worried about this one dying in May!
|"Mahon Yam" Sweet Potatoes in Grow Bags|
|Carminat Beans |
60-65 day bean at 6 weeks of growth
|I really do know how to grow pole beans -|
Pole Beans 2012
|I reseeded half of these a week ago and mulched with leaves|
The first planting from a week ago is on the east side of the first cucumber trellis (with no support) along with some late lettuce transplants. In general, I like to support bush beans, but it isn't always necessary. The nicest row of bush beans I ever grew was unsupported.
|Jade and Jade II beans|
|Second bed of beans|
|Garden Sweet peas|
I have three more beds of old peas to remove and plant. There are still peas being produced, but in this heat they ripen fast and dry out even faster. We've had a plethora of peas. We don't want any more.
|It is easy to see what is ready under the mesh Agfabric covers|
My favorite broccoli dish is a fresh salad made of equal parts chopped raw broccoli and blanched peas with a home made dressing and craisens for flavor. You can also add cheddar cheese and/or chopped bacon. Here is a standard recipe. I don't know why none of the recipes include peas. They're really missing out!
My one variety of sweet corn is putting out "Tillers". I've read up on them a little and it doesn't seem that there is any proof that tillers reduce production (removing them may actually hurt production) so I'm just going to let them grow. In fact, most agree that corn puts out tillers when the growing conditions are most favorable which is good yes?
So that's what's going on in the July garden. The weather has been hot, and Buffalo (just to our north) is likely to break a record for the most 90 degree days in a row. We haven't had this many 90 degree days in July since 1988, and I remember that heat wave well. We got a quarter inch of rain yesterday which helped immensely and it either sprinkled over night or the dew was extremely heavy because the ground was still soaked this morning.