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Early Summer Garden Update - Fall Garden Seeds Started

Greetings, sorry for the delay in updating my garden activities.  This spring has been very challenging weather wise.  We had one of the coldest Aprils here in Indianapolis followed the warmest May on record.  Adding to the hot May, I have had not had anywhere close to normal rainfall in my garden since about the middle of May.  The spring planted onions and peas suffered the most in the dry and hot conditions. The peas did not produce at all as the vines withered and died in the intense heat. The onions suffered a bit as well due to the lack of rain. It looks like my onion crop this year will be a little smaller than normal.  The spring planted lettuce did okay.  All of the remaining lettuce plants have bolted and were pulled up, except for the ones I am letting go to seed for seed saving.  The broccoli and kohlrabi grew fine this spring. All of the kohlrabi has now been harvested along with all of the broccoli main heads. The broccoli is now continuing to produce side shoots. The spring planted celery has also struggled a bit in the hot and dry weather. Harvest has started on the Red Norland potatoes growing in the fabric bags. The potato production from these bags seems to be fairly good this year despite the heat and dry conditions. I was watering these bags every other day to keep them from drying out. The warm season plants, including the corn, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and tomatoes are really starting to grow now. I will start harvesting green beans very soon.  Unfortunately, my Roma tomato plants have started to develop a leaf disease. The Hungarian Wax peppers (Hot Banana Pepper) are growing like mad right now and I have been harvesting some of these already. Harvest has also started on the cucumbers. The Silver Queen corn is growing really well and the silks have started to form. The corn will probably be ready to harvest in another 3 weeks or so. The japanese beetles have arrived with a vengeance.  Luckily, they are not doing much damage to my vegetable garden, other than the fact that I have seen them on the corn silks.  Summer is flying by pretty fast now. Now is the time to start planing your fall garden. I planted my fall seeds of lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, and cauliflower in cell packs on July 5th. I am waiting for them to germinate inside and then will move them outside to my covered back porch. The seedlings should be ready to transplant out into the garden starting the first or second week of August.  I will be planting carrot seeds out into the garden by the first week of August.  I have posted some pictures of my garden below.  Happy Summer Gardening!!

Very Tall Silver Queen Corn Growing in a Raised Bed

Very Tall Silver Queen Corn Growing in a Raised Bed

Onions Pulled and Drying

Onions Pulled and Drying

Hot Banana Peppers Ready for Harvesting

Hot Banana Peppers Ready for Harvesting

Roma Tomatoes Starting to Turn Red

Roma Tomatoes Starting to Turn Red

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