Sunday, August 9, 2020

Midwest Gardening: Early August Vegetables

 

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Hi, All! 

I haven't been posting photos of the garden, mostly because I have been too busy cooking. I totally missed last months vegetable garden post...so I had to retake photos for today.

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This is our Island in the Sun of 4 Yellow Summer Squash plants. 

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This was today, August 9th pickings. We have been eating yellow summer squash every day. Tonight I will bake some on the grill stuffed with Italian Sausage, and fresh garden greenbeans, zucchini and tomatoes.

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Nice bunch of green beans and a yellow tomato. Perfect for supper.

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Cherry tomatoes are everyday, now.

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This is what the inside of the 'Island in the Sun' looks like.

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Our peppers are just beginning to ripen. Nice and red, Carnival Peppers come in orange, red, yellow, green and occasionally a purple one.

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Despite the heat they are quite thick and heavy. 

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I will use some for supper and later this week, I will can some summer squash in tomatoes and peppers and onions with herbs: Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, garlic, and some basil-maybe.

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Our Beans are fighting it out with the 14 foot tall sunflowers. I don't know who is winning, the beans are almost as tall.  Some SF stalks have broken.The Sunflowers are a post of their own.


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Green beans are also just starting. I have to pick every other day now, so many are out of reach, we may have to back to bush beans.

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I picked tomatoes heavy last week, so there are just a few now, but will be more in a few days. Only our San Marzano's are done, but they did poorly from the beginning.


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What do you think these bags are for??? Remember I try to do everything Green in the garden.


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We have winter squash and small pumpkins all around the perimeter of the garden wherever there is fencing to crawl up on.

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This one is a Halloween Pumpkin or a squash, not sure. I pulled the top edge of the wire fencing out for  as a support ledge. I think we will have quite a few on the shelf, as they take off so late in the season. But, winter squashes take longer, you just have to keep the vines alive! 

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From 12 broccoli plants we have 5 that didn't completely bolt. Now they are 
finally producing some tight florets. YAY! 

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We've had two cuttings of Swiss Chard, this will go nuts with the cool weather.

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I need a Fairy Godmother to turn this pumpkin into a carriage and take me away, LOL. It is no where near done growing and that is my size 11 shoe! We have it on three of those melon supports, YOWZA.  This one is a FairyTale Pumpkin, it will be pale orange and apparently HUGE!

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Another Fairytale?  Pumpkin, not sure! 

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I still have great dill. We will have to have some salmon with dill sauce on the grill.

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Our Carnival Peppers and Green Peppers are just beginning. 

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I had enough hot peppers to make hot pepper sauce last week. I got 9 1/2 pt jars. I can't share the recipe---because it is one of a kind, too many alterations and I lost track. I'd say that it all depends on how hot your peppers are.

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This cucumber pot has given up, despite being watered whenever it needed it. 

Lessons we learned in this Year's 
Very Cool wet Spring to Extremely HOT June and July.

Plants which thrived had some shade each day. 
Broccoli definitely needs to be in More shade each day.
Zucchini had a bad year-we had them in three locations and they failed. Eight plants produced only three zucchini so far. 
Next year, maybe plant cucumbers twice to extend the season?
After 2 years of virtually no yellow summer squash---WE have tons this year from only four plants.
No more Cucumbers on the front porch, too hot.

What is growing super in your garden this year?



13 comments:

  1. Sandi,
    Your vegetables look lovely!! We have been having a terribly hot Summer here and I am struggling to keep my flowers alive!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Hi, Debbie, it sure has been a blister, here too.! Thanks for stopping by! hugs, Sandi

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  2. Hi, Debbie...we seem to end up with the same weather and storms. We had one week of respite and then it is beastly again. YES, some plants are simply shutting down. I've had my roses---stop and are barely hanging on, and I already lost two short delphinium plants, despite, special care, mulch and watering? Thank you for your visit, always nice to see a friend in the comments! Hugs, Sandi

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  4. Hi Sandi! Your garden looks like it is giving you lots of yummy results. I will be interested to see how big your pumpkin gets and if you have success turning it into a carriage, lol. Thanks the kind words on my blog the other day - you are sweet. Jane

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    1. LOL...we are going to need possums instead of mice to pull that carriage, LOL. IT"S getting HUGE! Nice to see you again, Jane! Sandi

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  5. Sandi, the yellow squash is a favorite of mine. I love the way your were going to prepare it stuffed, sounds delicious. This has been an unusual year for gardening. Cool weather in April and May with lots of rain...

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    1. Hmm, I made some with lemon, garlic and rosemary and it was delicious. Canned some, now we have to give up and find more people to share them with. Thanks for stopping by! Sandi

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  6. Sandi,
    That is an amazing harvest!! My husband just bought 2 huge boxes of tomatoes for canning for my niece from an Amish Farmer that sets up every Friday down the road at the convenience store...
    Thanks so much for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  7. What a wonderful garden and delightful food goodies!

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    1. Thanks so much Bernideen. Some things have grown so well, and others, not at all! Nice to see you, thanks for visiting, Sandi

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