Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Garden Update #17

Monday, July 28, 2008

Garden Update #17

Not much to report with the garden(s) this week aside from a crazy amount of squash growth. The two butternut squash plants have officially taken over the garden. We had rain a couple of times over the past few weeks, so it will probably be time to weed again soon.

Other than that, we are starting to get tons of new growth on our pepper plants since we've picked all those peppers. Apparently, picking peppers promotes productivity (a tongue twister for ya). The cayenne pepper plant is a testament to this. Last week, we picked 6 or 7 off and there are far more than that starting on it. A couple of the larger "straggler" peppers are starting to ripen.

Excuse the pictures this week, it has been really rainy, so the container garden pictures didn't turn out too well. We also didn't get as many pictures from the community garden as usual, but I think you'll get the idea of this week's growth nonetheless.

Here is the container garden:

Sorry, it was dark and windy - a tough combination.

A ripening cayenne.

Looking down into the petite orange bell pepper plant. As you can see, quite of few of these little lovelies are ripening.

The Super Chile. We think we've figured out that the problem is too much water, but we can't stop the rain. I think this poor plant might not survive all the rain we've been having this summer.

Serrano peppers.

Jalapeno Peppers

Poblano Peppers

Pics from the Community Garden plot:

Most of what you see is the two butternut squash winding 'round and 'round.

An escape attempt:


Where'd that banana pepper plant go?

Vine-ripened romas

Our "first born" butternut

The roma plant is breaking out of its cage; it's covered with blossoms, too!

We're hoping the butternuts don't get too big before they ripen. Overall, it looks like this week's booty will be dominated by tomatoes, but when there are squash plants around, you never know...

'Til next time.


VeggieGirl said...

Your garden is always a joy to see through photographs - it's amazing how much everything is growing!! Fabulous!!

Chessa said...

Garden envy! Garden envy! ;)

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Veggie Girl - We're glad to know you enjoy the pictures. You can see how crazy that Roma is going, eh? I couldn't be happier about that though, we LOVE tomatoes.

Chessa - Hahahaha! I feel that sometimes when I am stalking other people's gardens (OPG), I always envy what they thought to grow and I did not, as well as the fact that theirs are doing so much better than ours. But ours are coming along, and fruiting, so we can't complain!

Avery Yale Kamila said...

Wow! Everything looks so awesome! Even in the rain, your peppers look amazing. Happy gardening!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Avery - Thanks, you can tell how much the rain has affected the plants if you compare our community garden peppers to the ones in containers on the porch. The rain has really stunted the community garden banana peppers' growth.

Chile said...

The Super Chile? hehe

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Now I'm going to think of you every time I look at that plant!

You should have had your handle be Super Chile. You could be your own super hero! ;-)

Theresa said...

My squash have taken over my garden too! I will definitely plant them in a different configuration next year so they don't reach out and grab my potatoes and carrots. Your 'first born' is lovely by the way!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Theresa - They go NUTS! We're going to have to figure out something for next year. Yesterday we went down to the garden and noticed one of aour tomato plants was dying and turning yellow - the culprit? The squash plant had started clinging to it and was choking it off! I am hoping that you can trellis larger squash like butternuts, but I'm afraid the fruits might be too heavy.

Thanks! It is finally done growing (it's a monster) and starting to turn tan!

Latayy said...

I love this blog esp with the gardening.
I am starting mine now but I need more space. I am thinking of some space saving techniques that I can use because I am in the process of making a greenhouse.
I really love your garden

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Latayy - Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the blog. Especially our garden posts, we never thought anyone would really take much interest in them, but I love that people are.

How fun, I would LOVE to have a greenhouse, and we are hoping to build one whenever we purchase a home. If it has a back porch, well, that will end up being a greenhouse.