How Does Our Organic, Urban Garden Grow: An Update

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Things are looking pretty good around here! I posted a while back about how Spring was treating us in sunny Zone 9, and now it’s time for an update. A month is like a jillion years to a gardener, so here goes…

The Kentucky Wonder beans have been nothing but amazing. For the past two weeks, I’ve gotten a small handful every day. For three plants, that’s pretty good! The wax beans are also going strong.

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The heirloom crookneck squash, on the other hand, was a total bust. Powdery mildew invaded and stunted the growth of the plants. I waved the white flag pretty early because I knew the pot could be put to better use. This is the best they’d ever look.

Crookneck Squash Babies

The same failure goes for our cukes. I swear I’m going to give up on even trying to grow them. The only time we have luck is when the plants are volunteers. I don’t know what it is. I suspect the humidity and salt air is the downfall, but who knows? This was our one delicious, crunchy, crowning jewel:

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I also grew an “onion.” Laugh it up. It’s OK.

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The heirloom lettuces and Swiss chard ended up in the compost heap after a good run. I tried to save seeds from some of the bitter, bolted babies, but it didn’t work out. Perhaps they’ll self-seed in the fall.

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But, the tomatoes. The TOMATOES. I’m pleased as punch. And, I know, a gardener should never count their peppers before their picked, but I’ve got to toot this horn! I’ve been harvesting a bunch of yellow currant tomatoes every single day.

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I even harvested the first Thai Pink Egg yesterday. All of our 24 plants are doing pretty well. A few have yellowing leaves here and there, and the tomatoes from one of our Martino’s Roma plants have blossom end rot (none of the others do, even in the same bed), but still, I’ve never had such a successful season. I guess I should knock on some wood.

And, surprisingly, the carrots are still going strong. Succession planting has been our best friend.

Here’s yesterday’s harvest:

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All in all, this is our best season yet. Disaster could certainly strike at any minute, but for now, I’ll bask in the glory of our organic gardening endeavors.

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “How Does Our Organic, Urban Garden Grow: An Update

  1. Jenna, your garden Is beautiful too! Oh, tomatoes, must be their year 🙂 I’m jealous you had a good run with the greens, I haven’t been able to grow them successfully yet. And I had to chuckle at the onion, I just pulled one of mine yesterday that looked about the same haha. The green part was good though! Cucumbers are finicky for me too, and the bugs they bring make it so not worth the bother :/

  2. So jealous. Tomatoes are still months away but I can get local ones at the farmers market. They’re better than grocery store ones, but nothing is as good as home-grown! I had the suckiest luck with cukes for a while and then suddenly last year they were OK. Probably weather related.

  3. At least you’ve been harvesting a handful of Kentucky Wonder beans on a daily basis, and the yellow currant tomatoes and carrots. These can make a wonderfully fresh salad. I wish you a fantastic weekend!

  4. DD, gardening is always a bit of an experiment. I had Broccoli this year and it was good, but not really worthwhile. I have a deep fear of squash from a bad experience with borers years ago.Tomatoes and green beans are the best always in my garden. I have Sweet 100s and many herbs.

    Am about to roust everything to solarize beds… looking forward to the Fall..

    • Isn’t it nuts how a bad experience can make us shy away from ever growing something again? I’ve been there. Cukes, after trying several times, are one of those things I’m just about to give up on. I don’t want to; I just practically cry when I find borers, pickleworms, melonworms, mold, mildew, etc. No thick skin here! So how do you solarize a bed?

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