How’s your veggie patch coming along? Any troubles to report? My own Kitchen Garden, above, is struggling to grow in the extreme weather that has so far defined the summer of 2021. Oy vey. Here’s my “farm report,” followed, I hope, by yours:
Bed #1. Delicata Squash. Are you familiar with this winter squash? This is my first year growing it. Delicata has a thin, or “delicate” skin that does not require peeling before cooking or eating. The plants are growing very slowly, but at least they are growing.
In the same bed, next a cattle panel trellis, is one acorn squash plant. The vine did nothing at all for the first six weeks after sprouting. Now it is climbing the trellis, in search of July’s too-elusive sunshine.
Bed #2. Bell Peppers and some storage onions. Our wildly-fluctuating temperatures caused the peppers to set flowers when the plants were just 6 inches tall. I pinched off all the flowers, and now, at last, the plants are branching out.
Bed #3. Tomatoes. With help from me, these heirloom varieties are inching their way to the top of the wooden trellis I built for them. The plants are flowering and fruiting now, despite July’s buckets of rain and mostly sunless skies.
Bed #4. Snapdragons. I forgot to take a picture.
Bed #5. Asparagus. These are finished for the season. I’ve let them “go to fern.”
Bed #6. More Storage Onions. These are thriving happily in the horrid weather. Onions have a “can-do” attitude.
Beds #7 and #8. Potatoes. These, too, are growing cheerfully in the two beds I afforded them. The plants are hilled with several inches of chopped, weed-free straw. The varieties are good storage types: ‘Red Norland,’ ‘Yukon Gold,’ and ‘All Blue.’
Beds #9 and #10. Acorn Squash. I have one plant on each side of a cattle panel trellis. So far growth has been painfully slow. So slow, in fact, that I didn’t bother to take a picture for you.
Beds #11 and #12. Butternut Squash. This winter keeper is growing much faster than its Acorn kin. The vines are putting out lots of new growth against a cattle panel trellis.
What a boring post! And I don’t expect anything spectacular to happen in the next 5 days, because the forecast calls for rain, rain, and more rain. So please tell me how your own veggie patch is faring just now. Are the plants flourishing for you, or are they mostly struggling, as mine are, in less-than-ideal conditions? Talk to me in the comments field below. xKevin