|Pumpkin, gourd, and squash fruits are setting.|
|Can you guess this vegetable?|
|Part of our corn harvest.|
|All heirloom paste tomatoes.|
The garden looks like a jungle after last week. We will be canning tomatoes on a weekly basis through July, and when we get tired of canning them whole, we will put them through our strainer/sauce maker for thick, rich sauce.
Melons are still swelling, but they aren't hinting of turning ripe. Pumpkins are setting every day, and one of our Prizewinner giants has set fruit; we will allow it to set up to three fruits before determining the best one to leave on the vine to mature into a hopeful 100-pound pumpkin.
As part of routine maintenance this weekend, we summer pruned all our peach and apple trees to remove water sprouts and crossing branches. And if that wasn't enough to do, we pulled and cleaned our onion crop, which is now curing on a shelf in the barn.
|"The walkway." Pumpkin vines have claimed our pea fence to the left|
and make the walk to our orchard kind of cozy.
|Experienced gardeners may guess: it's a bloated, ripe cucumber! Eastern European homesteaders |
settling the plains would slice a yellow cucumber in a pail of fresh milk for a cooling
and nutritious summer meal.
Note 1 - http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/ClimateData/weekly/wk061712.php