7-12 Garden Progress and Fertilizer Friday

Go to Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday blog post to encounter some of the most beautiful gardens around the globe.  Mine counts!

The second week in the July finds the garden thriving, if still wetter than the plants would like.  I pulled the onions early because they were getting in the way of the bush bean harvest.  I really need to build three more raised to make more room next spring.

The cucumbers are producing now, very quickly.  Because of the heavy rains, they swell to just-beyond-my-intended-pickling-size rapidly.  Oh dear.  Another cucumber salad?  The dill is prolific this year.  I have harvested enough leaves and pannicles to allow the new flower heads to go to seed.  I guess I’ll have dill seeds for my homemade bagels and rye loaves this winter.

The Japanese winter squash are the hardiest, happiest squash I have ever planted.  I’m thinking of choosing more Asian vegetable varieties in the future.  I anticipate making stuffed squash blossoms next week.  Maybe you would like me to blog the recipe?  It’s easy and tasty!

My potatoes still have not died back to the ground.  I intended them to be done by now.  I’ll need that space for fall cole crops!  The chili peppers are producing, though the sweet peppers are not; and the ghost peppers have j-u-u-u-s-t made their first flowers…

Alas, the roses — those spoiled hussies — are blooming well but suffering a none-too-surprising fungal leaf infection.  There hasn’t been enough sun to thoroughly dry them.  Even my black cherry trees have caught some nasty spotting disease.  The plums remain disease free, and the figs are fruiting for the first time.

The corn is taller than I am and is just now beginning to form ears.  I wish I had more space to grow more corn.

The prairie is topping out at 2 meters and above.  As of this week, it is still dominated by coneflower species…

…but the ironweed has opened, the scurfy peas are getting started; and I’m looking forward especially to the side-oats grama, which should bloom very soon, good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.


9 thoughts on “7-12 Garden Progress and Fertilizer Friday

  1. What’s the feathery looking plant in with the rudbeckia? I like the texture contrast. July is coneflower month here, too, but that’s the way, unhuh unhuh, I like it!

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      What you’re looking at is Illinois Bundle Flower (Desmanthus illinoiensis). The yellow flower isn’t a rudbeckia, however. It’s Ratibida pinnata… Grey Headed Coneflower.

  2. Lrong says:

    The last picture with the purple flowers… haven’t seen anything like this before…

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      Ironweed is in the Vernonian family and is native to the Americas. It likes somewhat moist soil, but will tolerate most any condition once it reaches maturity. It is a really tall plant… It can reach 2.5 – 5 meters in height at maturity. I plant this because it is a food source for the caterpillars of many endangered American butterflies. If you can find some seed, I am sure it will do well for you in Japan.

  3. I hear a blues song running in the background…”Lord, don’t let that creek rise…” a little harmonica, a little refrain…and yeah I’m singing/praying wicha!!! (Our ish here is powdery mildew–not yet but expected– and outta control cabbage moths but I’m too hot & tired to take the battle far. Sigh (yawn!) Enjoy the cukes!!!

  4. Everything is looking great in your garden…Well my heirloom tomatoes have early blight and the cukes are fast producing..zukes not…I may have to move to other squashes as I have no luck with zukes. Beans and peas still going and I pulled garlic and onions…new potatoes and letting most produce hopefully larger ones later as the foliage is beginning to turn yellow in spots. I am adding another bed and finally going to much my veg beds to keep down weeds and maybe blight.

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      Boo Hissss, early blight… but not surprising. My experience with tomatoes has always been, “how long can I dodge disease-speeding-bullets?” Do you ever plant your garlic in the fall? I’m curious if you have a strong preference once way or the other, and why? Your opinion is valuable to me.

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