Mid-August Harvest – Veggie Update Aug 21

Our gardens have continued to be productive over the last couple weeks.  The latest things that are ready to eat are the orange mini bell peppers and the scarlett runner beans growing up the pillars of our front porch. We also harvested our first cucumber (hopefully we get a few more!).  We are still getting a lot of tomatoes, in particular the black cherry tomatoes, and a lot of ground cherries. Brian put together a veggie feta salad with the ripe tomatoes, cucumber and mini peppers.  Below are some photos of the latest veggies to ripen and Brian’s salad.

On a less positive note, I think that the red tomato cherries I was growing in pots are finally dead.  They have been battling what seems to be a fungal disease and they have officially lost.  According to this article on possible causes of tomato wilt and death I think they suffered from vascular wilt. Oh well, we planted so many tomatoes that I think we can spare three plants!  Here’s picture of one of the unhappy tomato plants.

I also finally got around to planting some cool season crops to harvest in the fall.  I am probably at least a couple weeks late since I think we get our first frost October 5, but I still planted buttercrunch lettuce, snowball turnips and arugula anyways (thanks Patricia for the arugula seeds!).  We left Mika alone in the backyard that same day, and she made quick work of digging up my freshly planted garden.  So the following day I replanted and surrounded that part of the garden bed with chicken wire. Frustrating but she’s been pretty good this year so hard to complain too much. Below is a picture of the back garden and the chicken wire protection.

Speaking of the back garden, we have lots of kale that is ready to eat.  I’ve never cooked with it before, so if anyone has any good recipe ideas, let me know!

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Veggie update – July 7

So its been a while since I’ve last posted anything.  We were away for a couple weeks and we spent the previous weekends vacation planning instead of gardening:)

Our gardens have exploded in the last few weeks.  At least it felt like it when we walked into the backyard when we got home from our vacation.  I unfortunately only have one pic taken right before we left for vacation.  It is a pic of my garden.  Here’s a before shot and some after shots:

Before

After

The tomatoes grew a few feet, and the tallest on opposite side of the fence are probably between 4 and 5 feet. Before we left my tomatoes were looking kinda small and pathetic compared to Brian’s because I planted them quite deep, but they seem to have caught up.  Some of the turnips in my garden are also ready to eat, and the purple green beans are just starting to flower.

 

Brian’s veggies have also grown exponentially – the yellow zucchini in particular.  Brian’s getting some zucchinis in his garden already.  His tomatoes, ground cherries, cucumbers and peas are also looking good.  We now have some snap peas that are ready to eat in Brian’s garden and the back garden, and have been munching on those.   Here are some pictures of his garden:

 

In the back garden we have a lot of lettuce and kale.   I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the arugula early in June. We had a lot of it, but either we weren’t eating it quickly enough or it got too hot, because it went to seed before we left in mid June.  The spinach did poorly again this year.  Just a few small leaves and then it went to seed.  Disappointing since it was planted quite early and we did a good job of watering it this year.  Maybe its just too hot in Ottawa for it, or we need to find some super star variety to try.  Before we left I ripped out what was left and planted more lettuce instead.  The lettuce tastes quite good and we’ve already made a few salads with it. Here’s a pic:

 

Here are some photos of the potted plants on our patio.  The tomatoes have only a bit of damage from bugs, and they seem to be doing quite well.  Maybe a little wilty from the heat (hopefully nothing more serious).  We have tomatoes, peppers and ground cherries starting to form, and we really want them to ripen soon so that we can try them.  The ground cherries in particular turned out to be a good potted plant.  Relatively compact and doesn’t need support, and the fruit are interesting to look at.  Definitely something we will have to plant again next year.  I have to admit that Brian’s impulse buy turned out quite well…

 

And last but not least, we owe a big thank you to Patricia and Lars for looking after things while we were away! There were a couple heat waves while we were gone, and the plants definitely wouldn’t be looking so great without their help!

 

Here’s one last picture of all three gardens:)