Monday, July 15, 2013

Mid July garden update

The weather has been just about perfect for the garden, and the weeds.  My first attempt ever of growing corn seems to be going well.
Not quite as tall as an "elephant's eye" but above my waist.  I was worried about the corn in the field behind the house across the street pollinating my corn, but it is tassling now and should be pollinating way before my corn.  I am growing popcorn and a bantam corn.  I wouldn't have included corn in my garden but I want to make tamales and I want to know where my corn husks came from, and corn apparently has a place in crop rotation.  According to Eliot Coleman, potatoes do well in soil that grew corn the year before.  So we'll see next year how the potatoes do there.

Garlic is another thing I have never tried growing before.  I will definitely be planting more this fall.  It was super easy and the cloves look great.
The hard neck garlic has bigger cloves than the soft neck so I think I will plant more of the hard neck.

The squashes are enjoying all the hot weather with a regular rainfall.  The Boston Marrow has really taken off and I am looking forward to trying that squash for pumpkin pie.
The spaghetti squash is also doing well.
The tomatoes have been hit or miss.  They don't like to be close to the walnut trees.  The plants farther away are doing much better.  Hopefully, I will have enough paste tomatoes to can.
When we were looking at houses one important consideration was firewood.  Well, we don't need to worry about firewood here.  It just seems to come to us.  In the past month we have had at least 5 trees fall down, the majority of which are black locusts.  According to the internet, black locust is second only to hickory in BTUs and it makes little ash.  I don't think we will need to worry about firewood for a long time, as long as the game land keeps sending us trees,
Unfortunately, there is a very tall black locust leaning towards my garden.  I am hoping it will wait till everything is harvested before falling.  Some other large branches came down onto my black raspberries just as they were ready for picking.
Yes, there are raspberries under there.
This is a picture of the big locust leaning towards the garden.

Looks like when it finally falls we will be fixing fencing on both sides of the garden.


  1. So love looking at your pictures. Sometimes it makes me want to move out of the desert, but then the sunsets here are better :) I do want to try garlic next year so I may be asking you what varieties you planted. It is said to grow here, but I haven't talked to anyone here who has tried.

  2. I am living vicariously through your garden since all I have in mine is rye, rampaging peppermint and a wild, hybridized squash of some sort.

  3. engineermom- what zone are you in?
    Kate, wish I had some more mint here!

  4. We are on the border of zone 6 and 7.

    1. Garlic should do great there. According to the resources I read, hard neck garlic does better in cooler zones and soft neck in warmer zones. Our hardneck garlic definitely grew nicer heads. But the experts say softneck garlic keeps better over the winter. So I tried both kinds and probably you should to. Then you can see what does best for your area.