Some of the things that should be nearing harvesting are just now coming along but a tad late and in some cases not worth the effort. The broccoli is tall, about 18 to 24″ with huge leaves but no crowns to speak of. In all probablity I will end up clearing this area so that I can start a fall crop of something a bit more guarrateed, like beans. I’ve cut small tender leaves from the broccoli, the ones around the area where there should be a big crown, and found them very tasty. I’m having salmon tonight with a side of brussel sprouts. I may try to put. some of the leaves in with the broccoli along with the green onions that I picked today. Only 3 but they had bulbed up with very small stems thus making them hard to eat as green onions.
The yellow and red onions are bulbing, not like I would want them to but they can stay where they are until the tops drop over. Then I’ll pull them and if no rain is forecasted they can lie in the garden to harden off or dry out a bit. Then I’ll move them to the drying racks of which I plan on building two more starting this week.
The bell peppers are few but yet starting to grow. I found today that I need to stake them, the stems never got big enough to hold a big pepper so I will help them along. I’ll probably do the same thing for the banana peppers as well.
The tomatoes are just not doing anything. I have tomatoes on the plants but they are almost all the size of cherry tomatoes. Two of the plants are suppose to produce slicers or 6 to 8oz fruits. One is a tad smaller then a golf ball and the other is a tad larger. I actually have two or three plants that are suppose to be of that size but, the fruit is small. The Tiny Tims are a 6 x 18″ tomato plant which my plants do seem to be following that guide, however, the fruit is like the large marbles I use to play with as a kid. Some of the plants are loaded and some have one cluster and that’s it. Time will tell is all I can say now.
The Okra, it should be nearly 36″ high, mine is half that at best. I keep getting one, maybe two pods per plant which doesn’t make a meal or a snack. I grew them for a snack. I take the pods off hoping the plant will shoot up and then I could leave it alone to produce a lot of pods. The jury is still out on this one but I don’t really have my hope up, probably a lost cause for this year.
Cucumbers are vining real good, lots of flowers and some pickles starting. Interestingly enough is that the plants started indoors have stayed small and tight but the ones where I stood inside the garden fence, took a shovel and chopped away at the ground on the otherside and then just dropped some seeds in are actually doing the best. I’ve said this before, I doubt that I will start cukes indoors in the future, not worth the effort. Best luck fror me is starting them outdoors. I’ve always had to give them away until this year.
The potatoes appear to be doing fine. I think we’ve dodged the beetles but since I need to let the plants die back I won’t really know anything until fall is upon us. These are the red and white fingerlings which were just going bad in the pantry, they had softened up and most didnt have eyes sprouting so we will see how things turn out.