Wow! What kind of state do you live in? I can't believe they can tell you what to do in your own back yard. Front yard I could understand a little, although I am not for that either, but to come into the back yard and tell you to mow the cover crop of clover? I would go to court over that one. What's next, coming into the living room and saying they don't like your sofa and the carpet is ugly, so get rid of them? Oh, and the wife's ugly, too. Keep a bag over her head.
Great crop of squash. I'm just starting squash seeds this weekend. You might try winter squash, if they do well in your area. They keep for months, and the vine borers don't like them much, either, because their stems are solid and borers prefer hollow stems. I inject BT into the hollow squash stems to take care of the borers.
Besides canning squash, you could freeze them. I bought a good dehydrator last year and find drying saves a lot of space and keeps the flavor. They rehydrate well for cooking. A lot of dried veggies make good snacks, too.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 24 little gardeners.
Peppers are cranking at the moment. Harvesting about 2-3 dozen peppers per day, mostly bananas, bells, marconis, shishitos, and habaneros. Purple cayennes are the prettiest. I’ve been saving shishito seed for five years now and every year they get weirder looking. They are much larger now and seem to ripen to different colors (they originally just went from green to red), now a lot go from green to weird shades of orange brown, then red, some go all the way to burgundy. Seem to get more diseases now than they used to. I grow about 20-30 varieties of peppers each year and save seed from most of them and I imagine there is a small amount of crossing since there are lots of bees around.
The zinnias outcompeted pretty much all the vegetables in the front yard garden. Not sure if I want to mow down all the giant woody zinnia plants soon to prepare front yard for cabbages and collards for winter. The zinnias are still blooming. But that real estate is better used for food, like cabbage.
Some of my corn seems to be trying to flower even though the plants are half the height they should be. They look healthy and ice dumped a ton of organic fertilizers on them and have been watering them, but a lot of them are already making flowers and they are only 4-5 feet tall. Maybe a response to shorter day lengths? Also, Martian Jewel are supposed to be all burgundy foliage, but mine are completely green, only the flowers are burgundy. I heard that 100 degree days can “wash” anthocyanins and other pigments out of leaves, making foliage that is supposed to be burgundy or purple just appear green. At least the flowers are still burgundy. Very disappointed though, mine looks nothing like the photos online or on the seed packet. I think Martian jewel needs to be grown in a cooler climate in the early spring to really express the burgundy leaf trait.
I’ve been planting green beans but it’s still too hot for them to set pods, flowers just dropping off. Hopefully I’ll get massive yields in October. Also noticed that my burgundy bush beans are looking more viney and pole like, which I think is a function of being in the shade under corn. Maybe the heat also affects how bushy vs viney they look.
Acorn squash is being kind of slow.
Considering seeding a few flats of cabbage today. Anyone grown “Vantage” or “All Seasons” ? I think the former is a modern variety, the latter might be a little older. I think Vantage is smaller and purple green while All Seasons is huge and light green. Days to harvest in fall? It’s probably too early to seed them but I’m impatient. Still triple digit days and 80 degree nights for another 50 days, but maybe I’ll keep them in deep shade and water well and hope caterpillars don’t destroy them. They probably should be transplanted to garden around October 15, so I really shouldn’t seed trays until closer to September 1. I just really like the idea of having like 50 basketball cabbages where there’s supposed to be a front lawn, with food prices the way they are, I feel like the sight of that makes people curious and empowers people to try gardening if they haven’t yet. And I’m anxious.
Zone 8b, Deep South, coastal, not too far from Savannah