Monday, July 28, 2014

In the Garden: July 27, 2014

"Fallow" bed.  Contains a few old cabbages, a few dill plants (our dill did not germinate and thrive well) and some volunteer zinnias.  Also, sprouting buckwheat, a cover crop Jo just planted a few days ago.  (We plant dill because it is a favorite host plant for black swallowtail butterflies.) 

Corn:  Last year at this time, I was lamenting that our corn was just now tasseling because we'd planted so late.  This year, it's not yet even to the tasseling stage.  Pretty soon we will be growing fall corn.  The only problem with that is:  In a (more normal) hot and dry summer, the corn won't produce much -- or, maybe, nothing at all.

Potato Digging Day:  Bed before digging.  Potato plants have died back.  Volunteer coreopsis is doing well.  I'll try to dig around the flowers and save as many as I can.  Native bee pollinators visit them often.  Unfortunately, a bloom on the end of a long, spindly stems makes capturing their visits in a photo difficult.

Red potatoes produced well, but we harvested almost no Yukon Golds.




Lisa at Greenbow said...

This has been an odd year for our veggie garden too. We don't grow the diverse crops you grow but we are having the same results. Lots of green tomatoes but few ripen. We have had the 3rd coolest July on record. Love the weather.

Rambling Woods said...

The weather has been very strange all over the country..

Marvin said...

Yes, 2014 has been a weird weather year. One of the reasons we were so late in planting was the lingering cold and rain. Those conditions caused us to get behind out in the garden. Once the art fair season arrived, we just kept getting farther behind.

Kathie Brown said...

Love the garden! I hope you do get some corn! Those red potatoes look yummy! Who knew that butterflies like dill? I learned something new here today!

Marvin said...

Thank you, Kathie. The rain received yesterday and today should help our corn along.

Black swallowtail cats eat a fairly wide variety of plants, but dill and fennel seem to be their garden favorites, and we like the smell of dill more than fennel so that's what Jo and I plant for them.

According to Butterflies and Moths of North America, hosts plants include leaves of plants in the parsley family (Apiaceae) including Queen Anne's Lace, carrot, celery and dill. Sometimes plants in the citrus family (Rutaceae) are preferred..