Early August Update - Main Garden Areas
Once again, the main topic of discussion in our area is the heat...the unrelenting heat. And this week is supposed to be the hottest week yet.
The Weather Network Screen Shot
Anyhow on to the main garden where some of the veg are reveling in this heat while others are not.
Area #2 (4 beds) contains beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers & squash. The pride of this area? The peppers. They are doing so well, I can’t walk by without checking them out :)
|The Pepper Bed|
|Stocky Red Roaster|
|Chervena Chushka - A new-to-me sweet pepper variety|
|Lemon Drop (aka Aji Limon)|
This one is supposed to take the longest to ripen to a bright yellow
|Odessa Sweet Pepper|
The tomatoes, which I have planted in 3 beds in both area #1 & #2, are also doing very well even though I've not had time to adequately take care of the vines and thin out the leaves like I normally do, so things are getting a bit cramped.
|Tomato beds in area #1|
|I'm beyond impressed with Taxi|
Beautiful, delicious & the 1st of the large tomatoes to ripen
|Three Costoluto Genovese - Tête-à-tête|
|Unfortunately, this is not the 1st time I've seen|
leaves that look like this
A couple of the varieties in the same bed are also showing early signs of Septoria, most likely due to their proximity to the originating plants. This past weekend, I removed as many of the infected leaves as I could and I'm hopeful that this will slow down the progress of the disease. The good news is that Septoria does not affect the actual tomatoes, so I should still have a good harvest from these plants.
The eggplants also have some issues. I have 8 plants running up the side of a tomato bed and two of them look decidedly sickly:
|Not looking good|
|These guys look a lot better|
|Long Thai Green Eggplant|
|Ping Tung Eggplant|
|Calypso & Arikara Beans|
Behind them are the cucumbers and tromboncino squash, both of which are doing fairly well, especially compared to last year. This guy was harvested over the weekend:
The rest of this bed contains more dried beans – Cherokee Trail of Tears climbing beans and two bush bean varieties – Canadian Wonder and Walcherse White.
|Canadian Wonder & Walcherse White in the front; |
Cherokee Trail of Tears and drying Golden Sweet peas in the back
The beds in Area #1 are a bit of a mish-mash. The old strawberry bed will soon be empty, once I have the time to rip everything out of it. Unfortunately I won’t have the opportunity to build another strawberry bed before the fall, so that will have to be a project for next year.
The bush beans have been producing well, with Oceanis providing the bulk of the harvest this past week.
|Oceanis Filet Beans...these look a LOT larger in the photo|
Notice the strange colouration on the leaves? Looks like the beginnings of rust to me:
|Rust on Provider foliage|
The trellis looks even more precarious when looked at from the side:
|Heavy winds nearly toppled this guy over|
All of the kohlrabi was harvested this past week so the only thing that remains in this brassica bed is the broccoli:
|Packman, Munchkin and Arcadia Broccoli|
The other brassica bed in this area is not great, but passable – it holds a variety of kale, collards, bok choy and napa cabbage.
The Joi Choi took forever to size up - I think that it was shaded by the Kolibri kolrabi for a good chunk of the season and this set it back a lot. Once all of the kolrabi was harvested, the choi started to size up....but then it became infested with aphids:
|Not exactly appetizing...|
Napa cabbage is new to the garden and of the six that I planted, two decided to bolt, so those were write offs:
|Bolting Chinese Cabbage|
What IS a surprise is that the other cabbages have held on this long. The "Mini Napa" is by far the most promising:
|Mini Napa Chinese Cabbage|
The kale is doing ok:
|Peppermint, Fordhook Giant and Bright Lights|
The last veggie bed in this section houses the favas and sugar snap peas:
|Fava/Snap Pea Bed|
|Extra Precoce Violetto Fava|
|Sugar Snap - 2nd flush of peas|
When it comes to the herbs, the oregano steals the show at this time of year - it gets huge and the bees go crazy for it:
|I spy 3 buzzy bees...|
|Peggy's Delight Zinnia|
The calendulas are giving us a wonderful burst of colour and the cheery sunflower at the back of the tomato bed was a last minute addition from a packet of free seeds tucked into one of my orders:
|All of the lovely flowers make me smile|
every time I'm in this part of the garden