Good and not so good news from my Georgia Garden! First the white radish were so hot we could not eat them. Sigh, We were too late getting them into the ground and our hot days fired them up.
I am sad to say the Veggie Garden will be no more for us next year. We have too much rain in the spring and when the soil in the fenced area is finally dry, it is too hot for us to plant anything. We did transfer a few things which survived the heat of being in the containers but they do not look too well. We now need water on the rest of the yard but this area remains moist so maybe they will survive with the hot sun making them grow like weeds! Oh well, we gave it a try and it was not meant to be for us in this yard. We will continue to have tomatoes, herbs and sweet peppers as we have such luck with those things and they are working out well on the edge of the flower garden.
Now lets see what Tina has to say about her Tennessee Garden!
The garlic and onions should be ready to harvest any day. I usually dig one or two to check for maturity before digging them all. I then leave both outside on a covered porch for a few days so that they can cure. That is, they dry and the soil that comes up with them is easier to brush off. Once dried and cured, I will brush off all the dirt and braid the foliage and store in a cool dry area in the house.
The peas will be pulled after one more harvest. I had tons of peas from these vines this year. The best year yet! And I didn't even burn them when I cooked them! An extra bonus for us all. Once the peas are pulled I'll be planting my zucchini in this bed. Right now it has a cherry tomato and catnip growing in it. I'll add a layer of compost and turn the soil, plant the seeds, then mulch well, being sure to leave the area over the newly planted seeds a bit bare so the seeds can peek through.
The chard and lettuce stay put until I need the space. I don't mind the old plants growing in the garden as they serve as a living mulch for the beds. When the plants get too ugly they find their way to my nearby compost bin.
I have a few other beds. One of the beds (not pictured, also has garlic in it. This will come out soon and the entire bed will be filled with corn (that's the plan right now anyhow). The last bed (which you can just make out the A-frame in the foreground in the second picture) has peppers and tomatoes growing in one half of the bed. The other half (the half with the A frame) will have cucumbers growing in it soon. The cucumbers will grow above the pepper plants on the north side of the bed, therefore the peppers should not be overly shaded. We shall see how that works. Remember I told you I have to be creative? Yup, more like crowded but I usually get a good crop of all the veggies I grow though I am not sure how.
One other note, there are many herbs growing in the vegetable bed. I've planted basil in with the bananas, chives with peppers, catnip in a couple of beds, and stevia in the ornamental flower bed, along with zinnias and Indigofera amblyantha. I am really enamoured of the catnip (Nepeta cataria) and the stevia. I like to pinch off a leaf of the stevia just to have something to chew on when I walk around the garden. It is so neat! The catnip is a bit more open than the catmint (Nepeta faassenii) and is loving the vegetable garden. I'll try to post a picture of it at some later date. So far Orkin has not found it; which makes sense since it is the dog's yard where she avoids like the plague when they are around.
I've spent a lot of time talking of companion and succession planting simply because growing vegetable is a challenge when you are limited on space. It can be done but it is difficult. No matter how often I tell myself two plants can grow in the same spot at the same time or close to the same time, it really cannot be done well. Planting like this is a necessity when you do not have a lot of space and I hope some of these ideas help others who are also spatially challenged. I do not fear planting some of my crops late here in Middle Tennessee because our growing season is very long. In fact, I hope that by planting cucumbers and zucchini later than normal that I will avoid many of the usual pests that bother these plants. We shall see as only time will tell.
How are your vegetables growing this month and do you have any special challenges?
Mom, did you get your potatoes all planted? Dawn, how is your veggie garden coming? Lola? Anonymous? And all the rest of you-how's life in your veggie garden?
in the garden....