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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Summer Update

The 3 sisters bed is starting to scare me a little.  The corn is really dense.  To the point that some of the squash is getting squeezed out.  The cucumber trellis continues to do well.

The beans are starting to grow up the corn as well.

The squash (white scallop) is doing great!  I was burned last year on my summer squash as the squash vine borer destroyed my zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.  White scallop is a North American native and has more solid stems that stand up to those nasties quite well.  In my neighborhood, two other gardeners (who had no squash issues last year) both lost their crops to vine borers.  Additionally, while there is evidence of powdery mildew on some of the leaves, it doesn't seem to care.  The squash themselves tastes like a cross between a butternut squash and a zucchini (to me anyway).  If they're 4" in diameter or less, there are really no seeds, and can be used just like summer squash (skin and all).  I think my favorite recipe is to fill a casserole dish with them, and then drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 400F for 30-60 minutes until the squash are tender.

The pepper patch is filling in every nicely... except the peppers.  Jalapeno, pableno, and bell alike are all growing slowly.  The shade has been a big problem, but the spring/summer has been very cool and rainy for this area (under 80F).  I've now transplanted half of the pepper plants to a sunnier location.

Also getting a good yield of tomatoes from my Rutgers and Roma plants.  I've not had any cracking even though the rains lately have been torrential... very happy with these varieties.

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