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Early Summer Garden Update

Wow, things have been pretty busy in the garden over the last month or so. It has been pretty dry here up until the last 5 days when it has turned tropical, with rain every day and high humidity. Started harvesting the kohlrabi, variety Kolibri on June 8th. Most of the harvested kohlrabi were around 4 to 5 inches in diameter.  It was super easy and fun to grow. I liked how it tasted. I thought it tasted similar to cauliflower. Also been harvesting a few hot banana peppers, lettuce (of course), the last of the radishes and green onions, and the first heads of broccoli on June 17th. With all of the heat, most of the lettuce plants have or are starting to bolt (sending up a seed stalk).  When lettuce bolts, it starts to get bitter.  I have some new lettuce seedlings to transplant out when the older plants get pulled out sometime this next week.  The warm season plants (corn, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) are really starting to grow.  The garden peas are are nearing harvestable size now.  The spring planted onions are growing fairly well and are starting to bulb up.  The cabbage is growing okay, but it is getting a little crowed by the broccoli.  I will be removing broccoli leaves near the cabbage as I harvest the main broccoli heads.  The Silver Queen corn is already 3 to 4 feet tall.  The Red Norland potatoes are starting to really grow and some of the vines have started to flower.  The potatoes in the fabric bags are growing like crazy and are a little ahead of the one growing in the raised beds.  The potatoes in the fabric bags will probably be ready to harvest in about another 3 weeks.  The celery is also growing well, but one of the plants has developed “blackheart” (https://nevegetable.org/crops/physiological-disorders-0) and will be pulled up.  I have been having issues with this on my celery plants for several years now.

The first official day of summer is tomorrow, June 21st (the longest day (daylight) of the year).  The first week in July is fast approaching, so I will be starting seeds of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi then for the fall season.  That is right, I said FALL.  I posted a few pictures of my garden below.  More pictures can be found on my Facebook Page.  Happy Summer Gardening and Harvesting!!

Kohlrabi, Variety Kolibri, Just Before Harvest on June 8

Kohlrabi, Variety Kolibri, Just Before Harvest on June 8th

Nice Head of Broccoli Just Before Harvest on June 17th

Nice Head of Broccoli Just Before Harvest on June 17th

Garden Peas Almost Ready to Harvest

Garden Peas Almost Ready to Harvest

 

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