Wishetwurra Farm July 2016. On the Ground.

For most plants, June, with long days, ample irrigation, was a good month to grow in the Wishetwurra Farm garden. In June, a garden starts to feed you well.

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Last fall, we missed a few potatoes while digging. They regrew and thrived in the garlic bed. As we began pulling the garlic, we got a bonus crop of ‘taters. 

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The tomato row. Every year I put the plants in these wire “cages”, and every year when the plants outgrow their confines, have to add sturdy bamboo stakes to support the plants. 

 

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Squashes get planted in these screen-topped boxes, so they can have enough bug-free time to get off to a good start. It looks like it’s time to set this plant free. 

 

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Yellow summer squash, producing heavily. 

 

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Garlic bed. Ready to harvest. Notice the volunteer potato?

 

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Happy shallots. The maturing tops are starting to fall. Steady moisture is the key to allium happiness. That’s why we love our soaker hoses. 

 

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The flowers are starting to bloom. Here is a nasturtium clump. 

 

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This year’s planting of day-neutral (“everbearing”) strawberries. We didn’t get many berries from our June-bearing plants, so these fruit will be very welcome. 

 

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Garlic in the foreground. And the corn patch. The exuberant corn patch. 

 

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Yellow “cactus-flowered” zinnia. We’re getting fond of these shaggy beauties. 

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Purple is the complement of yellow, right? Here are japanese long eggplant in the greenhouse. We don’t do well with eggplant in the open garden, but they sure do love to grow in the greenhouse. Perhaps it’s the heat they love.

Pesty bugs multiply so darn fast. So, finding this blessed event under some squash leaves, is a happy occasion. Grow up fast, spiderlets, and get out there and eat bugs! You can start with aphids, graduate to cucumber beetles, and finish off with squash bugs.

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Spider nursery. 

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Crab spider lurks in opening sunflower. 

 

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The currants are yielding lots of berries. More than we can pick and use, so we’ve invited friends to come by to pick the rest. 

The corn is ten feet tall.

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Tall corn.

Thanks for visiting thetompostpile, and Wishetwurra Farm.

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