Mid-July Garden Walk

i thought i’d take you on a brief tour of what’s happening in my southeastern connecticut garden this week. first up, swiss chard. i grew a massive amount of swiss chard almost (mostly) by accident. someone gave me a flat of the stuff, and like any good gardener, i just couldn’t bring myself to throw it on the compost pile, so i planted it. turns out, it’s a wonderful green. not as strongly-flavored and tough as kale, more like spinach. i’ve been using it in calzones and omelets and stir-frys and just about anything else i can think of. great stuff.

swiss chard

swiss chard

next to the swiss chard, we have the beets. they were direct-sown on may 6th, and it looks to me like they’re ready to eat! i love pickled beets.

beets

beets

and speaking of pickles, the pickling cukes are coming in gangbusters. i already started a sweet pickle batch with 6-1/2 pounds worth. i have a recipe i got from an old ortho book on canning that takes 8 days to make. my dh loves them, and we ran out last year, so i’ll be making several batches this year, if the plants hold out. they’re looking a little sad already, though.

pickling cuke

pickling cuke

next stop is tomatoes. unfortunately, out of the 18 or so varieties i planted, nothing has ripened yet. but remember that post about the indigo rose tomatoes from last april? here they are, ripening on the vine. they look fantastic!

indigo rose tomato

indigo rose tomato

now we come to another purple beauty, burpee’s hybrid eggplant. too small to pick, but looking great.

burpee hybrid eggplant

burpee hybrid eggplant

and this third example of purple fruit is our thornless blackberry. this is the best plant in my garden… it is totally carefree, fruits on this year’s wood, did i mention it’s thornless?, nobody seems to want to eat it, and it produces like crazy. we will soon be hip-deep in blackberry jam… yum!

thornless blackberry

thornless blackberry

finally, this last shot is technically not in the garden. but it was until very recently. the garlic got harvested, and it’s sitting in the portable greenhouse drying now. looks like a good crop, though it never seems to last me the whole winter. this year i tried a variety called early italian easy-peel. with a name like that, who could resist?

garlic

garlic

(cross-posted to auntie beak’s blog)

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6 Responses to Mid-July Garden Walk

  1. Gardenpest says:

    fabulous crop, photos. lucky you. too much shade at our place. please post again with mature photos. If I were your neighbor, I would hang out at your place in order to snatch blackberries! Love ’em.

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    • auntie beak says:

      thanks! and you’d have to compete with the chipmunks for blackberries. since our cat passed away, they have been wreaking havoc with our berry crop.

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  2. herbdoc says:

    Beautiful and healthy garden, AB! I’m impressed. Have to say I’m growing the Indigo Rose too and enjoying how they turn from green to purple. They look like gumdrops out there and can’t wait to sample them! How’s the watering going in CT? Seems like I’m out there every other day! Thanks goodness for a water barrel.

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  3. Eve says:

    Love Swiss Chard. Sautee with a little olive oil and garlic, awesome.

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  4. silver price says:

    Swiss chard has been such a regular in our farm share boxes that I expected to be tired of it by now. But once I’ve figured out the best way to cook it, we just can’t get enough of it. The secret to swiss chard is understanding that it’s really two vegetables in one.

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