Monday, August 5, 2019

Melon Time and Garden Update

Tomatoes are an epic fail this year but our cucumbers and cantaloupe crops are going like gangbusters.  I have no idea how many pounds of cucumbers we have harvested so far but it has been a LOT!  I picked our 5th cantaloupe out of the garden today.  They are SO yummy and sweet!!  Hopefully, with the amount of cucumbers I will be able to can enough so that if we have a poor crop next year it won't matter. The okra is really starting to take off too so I am looking forward to putting up some pickled okra.  It's been quite a few years since I last remembered to plant any so we haven't had okra in quite some time.  I remember the last time I pickled it we really liked it!

The corn is slowly coming along.  Not sure how good it will be.  Hopefully, we will get a few edible ears out of it.  Last year the worms got them pretty bad.  The rhubarb is slowly making a come back as are the strawberries.  We should have a good crop of strawberries next year and rhubarb the following year.  The peppers are not doing so well again.  I haven't had a good pepper crop in several years so I really need to figure out what the problem might be.  We crop rotate so that is not the problem.  It must be a heat, light, fertilizer issue.

Sweet, juicy goodness!

I was able to get the cabbage put up and have sauerkraut fermenting as we speak.  The first part of the batch was way too salty so I am worried that it may not be too edible.  It was my first time so I learned a lesson.  I put up the white and purple cabbage so we'll see how the purple does.  I also tried fermented pickles for the first time. I tested one the other day and it wasn't too bad.  I left the other one to sit a little longer and I will test it tomorrow.  Hopefully, it will be done.

How is your garden growing?  What are your successes and failures?

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