Behind the Fence

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Musings From The Potager

It is hot in the potager! Getting out at 5:00 a.m. is a must, as is an afternoon nap.

Some vegetables just don’t warrant real estate in the potager especially if they are readily available at the farmer’s market. I’m thinking squash, potatoes, cabbage and cucumbers. Let someone else deal with the bugs and blights!

We are currently eating Prince Borghese, Sweet 100 and Sun Sugar tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers. There are lots of green tomatoes on the Purple Calabash, Polish Linguisa and Jet Setter plants. The Kentucky Wonder green beans are ready to eat but my dad likes them “shelly” so we will wait a bit before picking. It looks like we will have plenty of peppers.

Due to late planting, the melons may not mature. There maybe some very disappointed raccoons in August!

Two of the fig trees are loaded with green figs. Since they are in pots they have to be watered everyday to prevent fig and leaf drop. The blueberry bushes look healthy but so far no blooms or berries. It is only their second year so I’m not too concerned. The strawberries didn’t produce well this year. I am thinking about moving them to a sunnier spot.

One of the delights in the cutting garden is the butterflies. They love the purple butterfly bush. Where are the hummingbirds this year? I have seen one or two hanging around the holly bush but none around the feeders.

Now, back to weeding and watering!

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