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Garden Journal #12: Mid-Summer Check In

Updated on July 26, 2016

June 26, 2016

I realize I skipped an entire month of updates, and at this point it hardly seems worth it to go back and enter them in. Instead, I'll just post what I've got growing right now and try my best to report on what is up.

We've had a lot of rain in the month of June (for NC) - mid-afternoon showers and evening thunderstorms. Otherwise, I'm probably re-filling my SIP every 3 days. My deep bed (no SIP) is so well mulched, it also only gets watered every 3 days but seems to stay moist and whatever is growing in there seems to be thriving.

I've also got quite the pumpkin patch growing out of my compost pile. We shall see what becomes of that!

Raised Beds

Volunteer squash? Possibly pumpkins. No fruit yet.
Volunteer squash? Possibly pumpkins. No fruit yet.
More volunteer vines, some volunteer potatoes, and there's an okra hiding in there.
More volunteer vines, some volunteer potatoes, and there's an okra hiding in there.
Potatoes and okra.
Potatoes and okra.
First red tomato!
First red tomato!
Cherry tomatoes behind net.
Cherry tomatoes behind net.

Tomato Notes

I planted 6 tomato plants:

  • 1 "sugary" grape tomato which has mild orange fruit - growing very tall and producing tons of flowers
  • 2 "heirloom" plants from Tanglewood plant sale - growing very fat with just a few slow-to-ripen fruit popping up
  • 3 smaller tomato varieties "porch" and "super fantastic" from Myers Greenhouse - doing absolutely nothing at all. After a month in the bed, the plants are the exact same size as they were in their black plastic greenhouse holders. Not dead, but what the heck?!

Re-planted volunteer squash?
Re-planted volunteer squash?
Squash?
Squash?
Basil going crazy.
Basil going crazy.

Other Notes

I made SIP systems in 3 large containers, which rarely need to be topped off. I have no idea what is growing out them, it is taking an eternity.

My cucumbers are probably not getting enough water. I think it is because they are at the top of the slope where the bed lies, and the water runs down when the SIP isn't full. I'll be interested to see how well cucumbers do - this is my first year to try them. They do seem to be vining up my trellis well, which is exciting.

Cucumbers Growing On Trellis

Up close.
Up close.
A wider view.
A wider view.

My Pumpkin Patch Compost Pile

The creature from the Black Lagoon gets bigger by the day.
The creature from the Black Lagoon gets bigger by the day.
White pumpkins, which found the fence!
White pumpkins, which found the fence!
"Elliott" Blueberry - the biggest plant.
"Elliott" Blueberry - the biggest plant.

Blueberry Plants

"Duke" Blueberry
"Duke" Blueberry
Berries on the "Elliott" Plant
Berries on the "Elliott" Plant
A few more berries!
A few more berries!

Final Notes

I'm beginning to doubt that the volunteer vines I planted near the house are zucchini. My neighbors have been harvesting zucchini for a few weeks. I'm going to give it another week or so and if nothing shows up, I'm ripping them out and considering planting a very late zucchini or two.

No pictures of the herbs on the front porch, but they are all thriving, given more shade. My basil in the back is getting big and I'm the only one who will eat it, so I need to make a plan for that.

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