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Vegetable Garden 2009 #5

Oregon Star tomato

Wow! what a difference in just three weeks! My last update was on June 14th. We had just had seen our first tomatoes - little tiny Oregon Stars. The weather turned a little cool about two weeks ago but soon it warmed up again into the 70's. This week it is hot. Today we were up to almost 86 degrees - tomorrow more of the same. I'm lovin' it. And so are the tomatoes.

But first let's look at how everything else is doing. We've harvested about 1/4 - 1/3 of the lettuce. I really like the Nevada. The Red Sails and Merlot are fine but I'm certain that I do not like the Mascara oak leaf. It just doesn't do anything for me. Also both the Merlot and Mascara have little spines on the stems. Just like little slivers - I cut off the rib/stems. I'm a very fussy greens eater.

We got about 1 more serving off the Sugar Sprints. They produce well but we just don't plant enough. The pole Sugar Snaps are still producing although one has been yellowing and is almost past. The Grey Sugar Peas are so-so for me. They produce a lot but they are not real great in taste. You can also use them as a shelling pea and I noticed that they seem go to seed fast. You have to get them really young for snow peas. Another gardener didn't like them either - but I found the history interesting. I can see why they were favored a century ago since they could be rather versatile since you can eat them at several stages. I probably won't grow them again.

The bush beans - a haricot vert variety is just blooming and just starting to put on pods. Soon. The pole green beans still have a ways to go.

The squash are coming along great. Cavili is doing great. It is parthenocarpic (self-pollinating) summer squash - lighter than a zucchini. We harvested a small one and it had good flavor. Another one is starting to turn into a short stubby baseball bat - got to get it off soon. The yellow zucchini - Butterstick is also starting to produce. What is so weird is the first few butterstick squashes have ended up looking similar to the Cavili even though they start out yellow. One is even half yellow half light green. I'm wondering if it is getting pollinated by the Cavili. The cukes are also starting to fruit.

The determinate tomatoes are going gangbusters. The Oregon Star is fruiting like crazy and so is Siletz. The indeterminate are still coming along - just one fruit on Momotaro and not a lot on the cherry tomato -yet. The other determinates - Stupice and Taxi - are fruiting but a little less. If this hot weather continues - homegrown tomatoes soon.

Cavili squash
Cavili Squash
Butterstick squash
Butterstick - Check out the two colored one
Greenhouse garden
Toms in the greenhouse
Greenhouse Garden
Toms & Cukes
Oregon Star tomato Tomato Blossom
Garden in July Orient Express Cucumber
Driveway garden
Driveway tomatoes
Oregon Star tomato
Oregon Star
Grey Sugar Peas
Grey Sugar Peas
Siletz tomato

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Comments (5)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, how fantastic to have so many wonderful veggies growing in your garden. They look great!

Happy 4th of July!

Would you recommend the sugar sprints, Marta? I'm starting to think about planting a fall garden. I haven't done it consistently so I don't have a favorite variety. This year I have the support for tall-growing ones, which I've never had before (or at least not adequate support).

The sugar sprints are bush. They grow to about 2 1/2-3 ft. They produce okay but not a lot.

But if you have the room - I would recommend growing the traditional Snap pea pole variety. It produces so much more and the pods are larger than Sugar Sprint. For variety - you might also want to do a pole snow pea like Mammoth Melting or Oregon Giant.

One note on the Sugar Snap - it does get a little bit of pea enation. It doesn't bother me. We also grow it when it is getting warmer so we don't have any problems with powdery mildew. That is the advantage of Sugar Sprint. No strings - no mildew and no enation. We planted 2 rows - 4 feet long with a small trellis. We got maybe two meals. We will plant them again soon to try for a fall crop since it is only 56-60 days.

Thanks for the info. So it took a 4 foot row to get enough peas for one meal? Hmm. Guess I'm spoiled by my overachieving beans right now. :-)

I'll make note of all this for when it's time for fall planting.

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Amazing garden pics. Makes me wish I had planted one this summer...

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