Garden Update: Working the Onions

It is absolutely Amazonian out there this morning – not as in the on-line store, but as in the jungle.  Not hot (yet) but really muggy.  I had sweat running down my glasses just standing there picking beans.

vegetable gardeningThe Garden

 The morning haul today included:

  • The other watermelon.  I see no more of these swelling up: lots of flowers; no fruit.  But there are a ton of cantaloupes in development.  One is almost ripe.
  • Potatoes (some vines died two weeks ago). It’s time to harvest these plants now or they rot in the ground.  One did already.  I put the good ones in a box of  sawdust in the root cellar – er… uh… my office.  The sawdust (more like small shavings) draws excess moisture out of the skins and helps them toughen up for longer storage.  The plants with living vines will continue to produce potatoes until their vines die off in the fall.  Or until they drown like these did.  Had I known it would be so incredibly wet this year I’d have planted RICE!
  • A Patti pan squash – another will be ready in a day or two.  Then it will be a while; I don’t see any others developing yet.  Again: lots of flowers, few fruit.  The declining bee population makes getting a good yield tough.
  • MORE cucumbers.
  •  A whole mess of beans.  I stuffed a gallon bag.  I can blanch them for freezing later today or I might try canning these.  Should be enough for two or three pint jars here.
  • A few blueberries
  • And more onions. Continue reading “Garden Update: Working the Onions”