Vegetables and Fruit forum: What's going on in our July Vegetable Gardens?

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 30, 2013 10:12 PM CST
Let's continue our discussion about our vegetable gardens on a new thread now that it is July.

My front yard has both flower, shrub and veggie areas.
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Tomatoes
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The Bean towers are near that side yard tomato bed.
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Bean towers.
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Cowpeas


This area has radish, golden beet and white turnip seedlings.
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Cavilli zucchini that I grew from seed.


Elite Zucchini that I bought as seedlings not long ago.


Nasturtiums look so pretty.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jul 1, 2013 11:07 AM CST
Raining now but I did manage to get out in the garden this morning.

More and more of the eggplants get blooms each day. I am really hoping for lots of fruit.


The biggest of the okra plants that I have.
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This is my spagetti Squash TIVOLI that I grew from seed. Those leaves are enormous, way bigger than my hand! I have this in a 20 inch pot but I can see I should have had a bigger pot for it. In that above okra picture you can see a section of a Tivoli leaf sticking into the picture. Like I said, those green pots are 20 inches accross so you can tell the leaf is pretty big.
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My Tenderette Bush beans finially have blooms.


The burgundy fillet beans on the bean tower.


And now those yellow fillet beans on the other tower.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 2, 2013 12:07 PM CST
OH OH!!!!! I see that my squashes are coming down with powery mildew. Googled mildew on squash and apparently they are very prone to it in hot humid conditions. Guess what it is around here? Especially lately. Hot and very humid. I spayed some with the hand sprayer but that was tiring so I ordered a battery powered one gallon sprayer on Amazon just now. Will make the spraying easier. Can't use the hose end that I use for the roses are I need a fine mist and to be about to get under the leaves.

But on the good side, this morning I was up in the cucumber patch and getting the stray cuke vines helped to climb up the trellis netting. I have so many cucumbers set, I will be eating cucumbers very soon. Straight eight and Burpless have ones near ready.

Meantime I am so impressed with the Camilla Cucumbers. All female variety, each blossom has a developing cucumber. Loaded, loaded, loaded with cucumbers. I am wondering how they get seeds for this variety.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 2, 2013 6:18 PM CST
Camilla is parthenocarpic, meaning it doesn't need pollination. Greenhouse type. I grow Divas in my greenhouse.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 2, 2013 6:55 PM CST
Dessert tonight!!!

Maverick
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Oh Arlene that melon looks fabulous, yumm, yumm.

I am hoping Camilla cukes taste really great as so far I am extra pleased with them.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 2:03 PM CST
I'm sure they will. They look like really long cucumbers.

Tonight we are having a zucchini strata, green/yellow beans and corn! But the corn is from a friend at market, ours isn't quite ready. Hilarious!

I need to do another row of Florida weave but the rain is not letting me! Hopefully tomorrow. Looks like it will be a bumper crop again this year.

Tomatoes are not faring well with all the rain and something, probably mice, eating the low lying ones. But we love an acidic tomato and we have gotten several Bolsenos and they are soooooo goood!!!! I'm not thrilled with the dwarfs. Their foliage is so dense it is difficult to see any fruit and they seem to be later. Hope the flavor makes up for it when they finally do ripen.

I lost a couple zucchini/yellow squash to vine borer but I was able to slit the stem of the others and get those buggars then buried the stems so hopefully we'll be able to continue to get more. Either way I am thrilled this year with how many we have gotten. Hope the winter squash can hang in there.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:07 PM CST
Hurray, today I picked my first cucumbers of the season and also a small zucchini. Will be making them into salad.
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Cucumbers on the vine still not ready to pick.


The baby Camilla Cucumbers


The cucumber garden area.
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I grow them in the middle of my daylilies ha-ha. And up there is also my root veggie bed. Seedlings are already comming up in there. Of course, it rains every day so the seeds must like that.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 2:10 PM CST
All your beds are so neat and clean! What a great garden you have and I know you are enjoying the fruits of your labor! Whistling
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:22 PM CST
And look, more excitement. An eggplant forming on one of my eggplants. Thus one is fairy tale.
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I also have fruits forming on Gretal, which is white.
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Eggplantville on the driveway. Even my Classic Eggplants have some small fruits forming.


And my peppers are coming along pretty good. This is one of the Italian Frying Peppers.


And lots of green tomatoes.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 2:23 PM CST
You'll have eggplant soon, and tomatoes.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:27 PM CST
I have to put more weave on mine also and I just did two days ago. This rain is making those tomatoes grow like crazy. Sorry about the critters getting into the lower growing tomatoes.

So far my squash have only gotten powdery mildew, no bugs. Hoping it stays that way and that the mildew doesn't get too bad.

Arlene, my veggie beds are heavily mulched like everything else around here. And that root bed area has no weeds cause it is so new, no time for weeds to get going.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:28 PM CST
abhege said:You'll have eggplant soon, and tomatoes.


I sure hope so. And I hope the zucchini starts up producing again also.

Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 3:23 PM CST
I keep saying if I can get my rows weeded AND mulched I would be in great shape. Just haven't been able to get out because of all the rain. 3" since yesterday!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 3:33 PM CST
The rain is good for the plants but not good for time to get out in the garden.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Jul 3, 2013 3:53 PM CST
I'm thinking of picking off all of the baby fruits and flowers on my zucchinis and cucumbers before we leave so that they don't stop producing while we're gone. Any thoughts on that?
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 4:00 PM CST
Depend on how long you will be gone. Those darn squash grow fast. So it might be a very good idea.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Jul 3, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Thanks, Rita. Thumbs up

We'll just be gone a week, but that seems like a long time seeing as right now I'm working in the gardens almost non-stop. Blinking That's cumulatively a whole lot of non-tended, non-picked hours. Whistling I'm thinking if I do pinch them all off right before we leave, the new ones will be just about right to pick when we get home.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 6:04 PM CST
I have read that having really big fruit on the squash stops the plant from producing so yes, I think best to pick off all the fruits so that doesn't happen. That way it will be making more just when you want them.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 7:07 PM CST
I think that sounds like a good idea. A week is a long time to miss garden chores and for zucchini to grow.

When I got home today the rain gauge read 4" and it's still raining. Way too much rain!

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