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Jul 06

Dear Journal -Early July 2013

What a difference a few weeks can make in a garden.
The Fava beans are producing in abundance, the greens have bolted, and every seedling that has been in the ground more than a week has sprouted.

The tip of the fava iceburg.

The tip of the fava iceberg.

Some of the corn really is 'knee-high by the fourth of July' as the farmers say, so that is right on track.

Three sisters.

Three sisters.

The squashes are beginning to flower, and we may have our first zucchini soon.
Beans are climbing and flowering, we already have a lot of yellow dry beans. Too early to pick yet, but happy to see them there.

Pole beans doing their thing.

Pole beans doing their thing.

The tomatoes have suffered a bit with the excessive rain we have had, but they are still flowering and the fruit that is already growing seems to be doing well. That first slice of a tomato always seems to be the best. This year it looks like it will be a Pink Oxheart that's the earliest to ripen.

Ready to ripen?

Ready to ripen?

The succession planting has begun, with beets following some early onions and beans going in where the first of the greens went to seed.
The red potatoes have finished flowering. When those beds open up there will be plenty of room for some fall crops.
Cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli seeds are germinating and should be ready to transplant right about the time the garlic comes in.

There's taters under there.

There's taters under there.

Do you think the peas have seen their best days? Yep, looks like time to pull, replenish, and replant.

The leaning tower of peas.

The leaning tower of peas.

Not all has been good though.
The voles got all the cantaloupe seedlings. The rabbits found a hole in the fence, and they chewed off the tops of the edaname and chick peas.
Of course they picked the plants that take the longest to grow, so although they are recovering (the plants, not the rabbits) we may not get a crop.

Chick peas on the rebound.

Chick peas on the rebound.

We'll see Dear Journal, we'll see... where there's a gardener, there's a way.

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