Finally got rain (really rained not just a sprinkle) this past weekend and more rain today in the forecast. Grounds getting a good soaking. Plants are happy and the brown patches on my lawn should, hopefully, disappear this week.
Dug in all the Duganski Garlic and German White Garlic from the garden.
The above is a pile of the freshly dug Duganski Garlic.
Below photo: Garlic all bundled and hanging in the shed to dry and cure (I keep the shed door open during the day for ventilation).
The heads of both the Duganski and the German White are not as large as last years and I think it has to do with location. The soil in the location they were planted this time is not as loose and well drained as the previous location. Need to give them a better location the next planting.
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The tops of both the Adirondack Red Potatoes and the All Blue Potatoes died earlier in the month of July and the yield was poor for both varieties.
According to Cornell University Potatoes Growing Guide, potatoes perform best where summers are cool (65° F to 70° F). We have been experiencing prolonged heat wave, (high 80° F and 90+° F) could this be the reason for the vines dying early resulting in poor yield?
The vines of the Fingerling Potatoes planted in the same section of the garden, however, is still growing strong, why? The Blue Fingerling Potatoes I planted in container are also still growing well. Perhaps Fingerlings are hardier and more adaptable? Will harvest both when the vines die.
Most of the potatoes are small, good for roasting or boiling whole. Click here for cross sections of both potatoes
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Dug in all the onion also. Got a few decent size onions but most are small, a good harvest compare to previous years. Still trying to figure out why I am able to grow leeks and garlic but not onions.
The 2 onions in the center front (above photo) each weighs a bit under 4 ounces (they are the largest), a best for me, next year I just may produce properly sized onions, there is hope!
The onions on the right are very small, like pearl onions. Wonder if they will keep well until next spring for use as onion sets, or, what if I plant them now, how will they grow? Think I will plant half and save half.
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The Red Noodle Long Beans are loving this heat and grew by leaps and bounds.
Should be harvesting those beans and many more this week.
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The Green Chinese Long Beans are not producing yet. But setting lots of flowers so beans should be following soon.
The flowers are usually in pairs so are the beans, looking for harvest this week.
Click here to learn more about Chinese Long Beans and recipes.
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The sweet potatoes are loving this heat also, the vines are taking over a lot of garden real estate. Should cut some of the vines for use in cooking. Click here to learn about cooking Sweet Potato Vines/leaves.
Hope many tubers are setting underground. Am tempted to dig around but know it is much too early and must wait until at least the end of this month.
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The fence is to keep the deer away from my mountain laurels.
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