How Does Your Garden Grow? July Edition

Although the gardening season is on the downhill slope, we are still gathering small bits of produce daily from the garden.  We’ve had some stink bugs trying to attack the tomatoes and a few aphids, but they haven’t done too much damage.  The heat, however, is stressing out the tomato plants.  The okra, peppers, and eggplant seem to love it, though.

The green bean teepee produced very well for us this year.  For a period of about 2 months we had fresh green beans with dinner at least once a week.  The bean plants are still producing, but they are not quite as prolific as they once were.

You can see the brown patches of leaves in the tomatoes – those are the ones dying from heat.  As I said, though, the peppers (center in image below) are loving it.

The poor cucumbers had seen better days.  They finally just toppled over.  I didn’t try to save them, as they were also pretty burned up from the heat and starting to attract aphids.

The last of the cucumbers:


The eggplants are thriving.  The plants still look nice and healthy, and are still bearing fruit:

The okra is another heat-lover.  I have about 5 plants producing.  I can see that next year, we’re going to have to plant a whole lot more.  The plants just can’t keep up with my kids’ love for okra.  Every time a couple come off the plant, they are immediately consumed raw.

I finally saved up enough to do a batch of fried okra (yum!), but I’m going to have to buy some from the farmer’s market if I want to have enough to make some pickled okra.  Which to my eldest is VERY important.

We managed to grow one bity watermelon this year.  It was small but tasty.

The herbs are growing wildly.  I’m letting them go to seed and will cut them back later.  I’m thinking I’m not going to pull any of these, we’ll just see how they continue to grow in this spot.

Did you know that radishes bloom?  I guess it makes sense, but I’d never seen it before:

So, that’s it for now.  Since these photos were taken, I’ve pulled up all the cucumbers, bolting lettuce and flowers and weeded the whole bed.  I’m leaving the tomatoes for now, because I’m still getting a few here and there, but by the end of the month, they’ll be leaving too.  I have to make room for the fall garden, which I’ll be starting in late August!  Fun, fun!

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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2 Responses to How Does Your Garden Grow? July Edition

  1. Debi Kirksey July 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Not sure about raw okra, but I do so love it fried!

  2. Blue September 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Loved visiting your garden today!

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