Beau July 10th, 2009
It was time this week to clean up the garden and harvest a few veggies. We pulled out the pea plants and dug the potatoes and cleaned up the rows. We probably took 25 pounds of red pontiac taters out of our 25 foot row- they looked pretty good all things (moles!) considered. The plants look very green in the picture but they were pretty wilty already. When you pull up the potato plants it’s like finding buried treasure- then you go back through with a “potato fork” which looks like a small pitchfork, and you always find a few more. In a couple weeks I’ll plant some more of the red pontiac’s and see how we do this fall.
The cucumbers are just strange- they call these “Burpless Muncher” cukes, and they’re supposed to be longish and smooth. They are smooth, but most of them are short, fat and curly! They’ve had plenty of water, so I’m not sure why they grew like this. They taste the same, but they don’t quite look like picklers that I was hoping for this year. We’ll see how they do as the plant matures.
The banana pepper plants are really doing well… if you’re squeezed for space I’ve proven that you can cram 6 yellow banana pepper plants right next to each other and they will still grow a lot of peppers!
It’s fun to see everything growing, to enjoy the garden’s time in summer- and soon we’ll plant a few more things. But first it’s time for a weeklong trip back east- we’re scrambling to get packed up this morning. I may try to write from the road, but we’ll see. Have a great week!