The Organic Oklahoman

July 16, 2007

Tomato Time

Filed under: Harvest — Josh @ 6:17 pm

This weekend I harvested probably two bushels of tomatoes from the garden. Big ones, little ones, bumpy heirlooms–and I gave most of them away. I like the idea of the health benefits of lycopene but the little sweet ones are about all I can eat.

I also had to pull about half a dozen head-sized cantaloupe from the cantaloupe patch. The patch has invaded an area of about 600 square feet–paths and all. My black beans and now most of my green beans have been smothered. At what point does a garden plant become a weed again? Oh yes, whenever it does what you don’t want it to do. I think this qualifies.

Purple hull peas are about ready to start picking in earnest. I think I’m going to have a bunch of those this year. We”ll see.

As for the rest, well, I’m hoping for a lot of sweet potatoes and a great deal of Acorn Squash too. All of my zukes are either the size of baseball bats or have rotted on the vine because of all the moisture. Plus, my pepper plants have refused to do anything but sit there and take up space. Wrong variety I think.

I did get a really good crop off of my multiplier onions and hope to plant just about all of them next year as onion sets. They’re all pretty small, but they tasted really good green. Sort of medium mild, I think they’d do well if I could get them to grow some.

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July 13, 2007

Melons Oh My!

Filed under: Harvest — Josh @ 6:08 pm

I harvested my first ripe cantaloupe yesterday. I also found about twenty more green ones. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all of it but a gardeners always got friends this time of year.

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