I know that I always rave about how much I like winter gardening, but really let’s face it, late July and August (at least for us) is really my favorite time in the garden. The 6 to 8 weeks starting about July 25th is by far the most productive time for any North American garden. Tomatoes, beans, squashes, corn, melons, potatoes! I mean come on! What a great time of year. Over the next 8 weeks our garden will produce nearly 70% of our annual total. Now is just a bountiful time in the garden!
So let’s take a tour of Stoney Acres and see what growing in both the home and borrowed garden! Let’s start things out at the borrowed garden. Really only 4 crops growing here, corn, potatoes, melons and a few tomato plants.
The melons are going crazy! Here’s a shot of one of the many watermelons already growing, the kids and I walked through over the weekend and counted 37 melons that were in some stage of growth. Now you always have some aborted fruit but even if we had 25 that would be a ton! Three different types of melons in this patch, crimson sweet, moons & stars & sugar babies.
The cantaloupes are also also going nuts. We count about 35 set fruit on these plants as well with a million more blossoms covered in bees!
The Crenshaw Melons are slower to develop, but even these plants each have a couple fruit set!
Two types of potatoes growing here, some russets and red Pontiac’s. We are hoping for about 150 pounds from these 3 rows.
The sweet corn is tasseling, that means fresh corn on the cob is only a few weeks away!
We also have 8 tomato plants here. These were planted late so they really won’t start bearing fruit for a few more weeks! We don’t expect much from these plants, the owner of the property had some extra starts about 3 weeks ago and we had extra cages so we threw them in.
Here’s the home garden. I’m really happy with the way it looks! It makes the yard feel really cozy and productive.
Our popcorn experiment is going well. The plants look good and should be tasseling soon.
The zucchini and pumpkin plants are struggling a bit. They seem to have some kind of infection that is killing some of the leaves.
You can see the difference a couple of weeks makes in melon patches. These plants here at home went in about 10 days later than the borrowed garden and they are just starting to bloom, no fruit yet.
We planted potatoes here at home as well. A much smaller patch and much closer together, this was an experiment. We will see how the production is with the plants spaced this closely. Also you can see some of our mammoth sunflowers, we grow these for the seeds and also a little for the novelty of their huge flowers, which are just starting to bloom.
The tomatoes are thriving, especially the Early Girls here in front. They got a little too much water early in the season and have really taken over. But they have a lot of fruit set on them so I guess it will work out!
Peppers, kale and summer lettuce along with the cucumber trellis are all doing well.
Here’s the first cucumber of the season. It will be ready to eat tomorrow!
This bed is just kind of a mish-mash of different plants, pumpkins, the last of the spring potatoes, beans, kale, broccoli & cauliflower. The empty spots in the bed have just been replanted with bush beans that should be sprouting soon.
The onions have fallen over and are starting to yellow. The ones on the left are Candy and I will probably pull them this week as they are done growing. The right ones are Copra and will be a few more weeks before they are ready.
And of course the fruit trees are all looking good! They all seem to be taking hold and adding growth. But sadly it will be several years before we see any fruit!
There you have it, the Stoney Acres garden in Late July, just bursting with potential waiting for that big mid August rush of harvesting!!