Summer 2010 Post Garden Update

My summer garden had some carry over plants from my Spring 2010 garden. However, I think most gardeners have gardens that carry over by choice and some due to being busy or awaiting for more harvest.

I had the following plants growing in my large garden:

– African marigolds (both yellow and orange) from the discount racks of Lowes. I hoped the marigolds would help me keep some pests at bay. However, one of the four plants were eaten, but I am  not sure by what? I am guessing a possum. Any ideas?

– Yellow onions (from Lowes) – The onions did not produce round bulbs, but I use the bottom tips and the onion tops . I use the onions in salads, stir fry, salsa and pasta.

– Purple onions (from Lowes) – Like the yellow onions, they are not producing round bulbs, but I use the bottom tips and the onion tops . I use the onions in salads.

– Three tomato plants. Please see the tomato post.

– Three varieties of bush snap beans. This was my first time planting bush snap beans. So far, I had OK success with growing bush snap beans, which is typically an easy vegetable to grow. I planted the beans during different times and planted different varieties with the hopes to have a prolonged harvest. I tried my hand at Burpee Blue Lake Bush Snap Beans, Ferry Morse’s Derby Bush Snap Beans and Ferry Morse’s Contender Bush Snap Beans. It appeared the Ferry Morse’s Contender Bush Snap Beans did the best out of all of the snap beans planted. Ferry Morse’s Derby Bush Snap Beans did not do as well for me. Did anyone else have this issue with this bean variety? I would like to hear your thoughts.

– Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (Burpee) was the only pole bean plant I planted this summer. I had a lot of success last summer/fall with this bean variety and I knew it would not disappoint. The plants did not grow as well as they were planted near some tomatoes, which I later learned were not companion plants. I will keep this in mind for the next time I plant them.

– Jalapeno plants (4 total from Red Barn Nursery) The jalapeno plants were high producers and I removed the last I had left on the plant before the Thanksgiving holiday.  I provided several to family, friends and co-workers.

– Bella Bell Pepper Plant (Discount rack from Lowes) I planted this pepper plant late (around early May) and it grew  considerably. After a month, I learned I did not receive a Bella Bell Pepper plant, but it appeared to turn out to be a habanero plant. 😦 My husband used the chilies to make a chili sauce.

– Unknown Pepper Plant (My husband had planted various pepper seeds and one of the plants is in the garden as an experiment). The plant produced some small sized peppers.

– Black Beauty Zucchini (Ferry Morse) I planted two plants in my garden. One was a transplant from a seed I planted to give the plant a head start and to extend my harvesting period and the second plant as a seed planted into the ground. Unfortunately, both plants died.

– Grey Zucchini (Ferry Morse). I plant this zucchini variety in late Spring and late Summer and I did not have success with this variety. It appears this variety does not do well with the high heat of the summer and I may have had some squash borers.

–Fordhook Zucchini (Burpee) I plant two plants in my garden. This plant produced some flowers, but both plants died, which I believe was due to squash borers.

– Early Prolific Straight Neck Yellow Squash (Burpee). This plant produced some flowers, but both plants died, which I believe was due to squash borers. I am disappointed with this plant as I had a lot of luck with it last year.

Here are some pictures I have taken from their progression:

Assorted Vegetable Seeds_III

Assorted Vegetable Seeds_III

Bush Snap Bean Seeds

Bush Snap Bean Seeds

Onion Bulbs

Onion Bulbs

Large Garden_Before Planting Sq ft Grid

Large Garden_Before Planting Sq ft Grid

Full View of Large Garden_Before Planting Sq ft Grid

Full View of Large Garden_Before Planting Sq ft Grid

Bush Snap Beans are sprouting

Bush Snap Beans are sprouting

Onion Planting in the large garden

Onion Planting in the large garden

Planting peppers in the large garden

Planting peppers in the large garden

Planting pole beans

Planting pole beans

New Planting of Squash & Zucchini Seeds

New Planting of Squash & Zucchini Seeds

Late Spring State of the Large Garden

Late Spring State of the Large Garden

Large Marigold Plant

Large Marigold Plant

Happy Gardening.

-Sandra