the july garden

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Our new, improved and smaller garden is in full swing as July comes to a close. We have already harvested and pulled our shelling peas and sugar snap peas to make room for our winter beets. As much as I enjoy pulling peas right out of our backyard, the time, energy and space that they take up is hardly worth it when I can buy peas locally for a nominal price. I think we will most likely forgo planting both types in the future.

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Yellow squash, zucchini and round zucchini are all producing abundantly. PJ has become skilled at identifying when each is ripe and can be trusted to harvest all three on his own. Now if only we could get him to eat them as well!

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Mountain after mountain of green and purple beans have been vacuum sealed and tucked away in the freezer for winter. I also planted a row of wax beans so that we could make my great-grandmother’s cold bean salad for lunches .

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The baby lettuce and Kohlrabi are both doing well and thanks to the small-scale of the garden this year we have been successful in decreasing our garden workload by laying down grass mulch in between the rows. My dad, very kindly, sweeps up the clippings after mowing and makes me a pile which we (usually with the help of PJ) distribute; laying down a nice thick layer after initially weeding each individual space. This year I also think we finally figured out the correct schedule for succession planting of our carrot patch, which should mean we will start harvesting full-grown carrots this fall and continue well in to next year with proper mulching and over-winter care.

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The potato plants have grown lush and green in this year’s steamy weather. I am hopeful that all that beautiful growth above the mound is a sign of things to come at harvest time. Our early season Yukons are beginning to die off, so by next month our potato diggin’ treasure hunt will commence. Next door the corn is also growing tall and green and I have spotted ears on some of our earlier varieties.

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Cherry tomatoes have slowly been ripening and PJ has enjoyed them for a mid-afternoon snack most days. As much as I wish my kidlets would pick up their own messes, I secretly love finding little tomato stems laying about the house; evidence of some nutrients being consumed by the same child that has firmly entered the “all beige” dieting stage.

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The most exciting news coming out of the vegetable garden this year is the presence of cucumbers. With total crop failures the previous two growing seasons, we are finally, once again, swimming in cukes! Granted, I had to buy our starts from a local organic nursery (all of mine died this year) but I’m still going to count this one as a win. We have eaten them fresh at almost every meal but we have also canned dill pickles and sweet pickle relish. Next on the agenda is some bread and butter pickles. As there is no end in sight, I would welcome any and all cucumber recipes that you might be willing to share.

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We are still pulling everbearing strawberries from a few rows in the patch and a handful of raspberries from our tiny plants. The weather here, in our part of the world, has been perfect for fruit growing this year. All around us local berry farms and orchards are have a fantastic year and bumper crops. Happily, we finally found a huge area at the back of our property covered in wild black raspberries that we have been harvesting and freezing and we will soon be gathering wild blackberries from a neighboring spot as well.

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What are you harvesting, foraging, pickling, fermenting, canning and/or freezing this month?

*It’s been one year since I started on the adventure of writing this little blog. I am grateful for the people it has introduced me to and the insight and reflection that it has afforded me. Happy Blogiversary to us and thank you for all the love and support you have shown us over the last year!

Much Love -L ❤

13 thoughts on “the july garden

  1. I love your photos! And it looks like a good gardening season for you! I have harvested dragon tongue beans, green beans, sugar peas, lettuce, arugula, carrots, radishes and picked my first tomato yesterday. Happy gardening! 🙂

    • Thank you and thanks for stopping by! This season has been much better than last year when we suffered through odd spring weather that swung all over the place followed by a drought summer. The first tomato is always the pinnacle moment in our gardening season. It sounds like your garden is in full swing…happy harvesting! 🙂

  2. Oh my, it all looks so wonderful!1! We are in the midst of harvesting and putting food up for winter too…beets, green beans, pickles, zucchini and blueberries were all either canned or frozen over the last few days and there is so much more to come.

    Congratulations on one year, the blog world is a pretty awesome place.

    • Thanks Kim. Blueberries and Peaches, from our local fruit farm, are next on the list. Isn’t it such a fulfilling feeling when you stand back and look at a full freezer and shelves stacked with jars for winter? Happy Harvesting and winter prepping to you and yours!

  3. Your garden is really lovely! Beautiful! The dream of everyone, especially for those who, like me, live in the city of smog, pollution and stress … I relaxed in seeing these photos! and in any case I will follow you for a while. I really like your blog. 🙂 Kisses

  4. Your fruit and veg are looking fantastic – it looks like a bumper year. It’s always good when you try new ways of doing things and they work! The grass mowing mulch sounds a good idea and one I may try out.

  5. Oh your garden and your phots are just magnificent. i do agree that small is better. And the grass between the rows is a great idea. I bet your larder is just bursting with goodness.. have a lovely day.. c

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