In The Garden: Summer 2009

Here’s what’s going on in the garden this summer of 2009. I am growing okra, black eye peas, peanuts, green peppers and sweet potatoes as well as my perennial, asparagus. Long Beans have just quit, and new long beans are in the ground. It is perfect timing for some new seeds, so I put in some more peas, and some biter gourd seeds as well as some early cucumbers.

It is really early for cucumbers, but they are shaded from the south side so I am hoping they will make it through these last summer months. They have already broken the ground, and I am feeling optimistic. These are a variety of pickle cucumber called Small Leaf. They have small leaves and are a little better suited for this heat and humidity. While it is a little early for starting cucumbers it is not early to be starting long beans, or pole beans, lima beans, basil, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, summer peas and okra of course. You can also start watermelon and cantaloupe, pumpkins and corn in August.

The most active part of hurricane season is upon us now as we watch storms whip up on the west coast of the African continent and spin off towards us. A couple so far have fallen apart and made land fall as some badly needed rain storms. These storms are also bringing some balmy winds that help to make working outdoors more pleasant. It is a crap shoot planting up new beds at this time of the year. One never knows if hurricanes will destroy an early crop, but if the weather permits those first harvests are very valuable. If the storms come and knock down the crops get out the choppers and make mulch! There’s time for more planting.

If you don’t have your beds together yet, don’t freak, there is time yet to put those boxes or mounds together, and have your first seeds or transplants in before September ends.

Here We Go Again. Happy Planting!