Mountain Garden, July 31

Discussion in 'Common Vegetables' started by disco, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have posted on my garden twice before. Reaching another month end, I decided to post again.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/142237/mountain-vegetable-garden-salute-to-kathrynn

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/144268/mountain-garden-beginning-of-july

    First, through the month we started getting some harvest. July 10, near the last of the snow peas, Strawberries and zucchini.


    July 12, walking onions and the first harvest of Norland potatoes.


    July 20, I harvested the first of our garlic, Italian softneck, and our first bush beans.



    Just today I harvested Zucchini and Patty Pan squash.


    I also harvested my Music and Yugoslavian Garlic.


    The garden itself continues to chug along. The flower bed I rotate through my vegetable garden continues to do well.


    The tomatoes are sizing up some good fruit but will be awhile before it colours up. Here is the Stupice.


    The Manitobas


    The Ultra Girls.


    Of course, the cherry tomatoes have been producing for a couple weeks. Here is my Sweet Gold.


    We have had one feed off the bush beans and more are coming.



    We have harvested about 1/3 of our potatoes.


    And just over 1/2 our garlic.


    Strawberries continue.


    The lettuce on the left is about to bolt but succession planting has left us a nice harvest on the right.


    More green onnions from our third planting.


    Several planting of carrots are coming and we have pulled the pea plants that are finished.


    We are finally starting to get some peppers forming.


    We've only had one cucumber from the bush cucumbers and it was bitter. We have had 2 weeks of hot drought and the future ones should be better with more water and cooler weather.


    The pole beans are just starting to blossom.



    We are getting more and more zucchini,


    and patty pan squash.


    Soon it will be salsa and relish! I love this time of year. There are great eats in the garden.

    Disco
     
  2. Disco

    It looks good. Wish my garden was doing great. It's doing fair. Putting up lots of mators.

    happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, I am not likely to be storing any tomatoes for awhile.

    David.
     
  4. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Everything looks good, Disco! Beautiful garden!

    Red
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Red. I love fresh veggies.

    Disco
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Disco, afternoon....Good looking beans...   Who's name is on the package and what variety are they ??  

    Every bean we have bought in the last three years has turned out a "flat" bean..  can't find a round bean to

    save my butt......   

    Dave

     
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dave.

    We grow 4 different varieties of beans. We grow 3 bush beans.
    • Royal Burgundy (a purple bean but it goes green when you cook it, the missus likes the colour in the garden) from Vesey's Seeds
    • Gold Rush (a yellow bean) from Vesey's Seeds
    • Provider (a green bean) from Vesey's Seeds
    We grow one pole bean, Blue Lake Pole from West Coast Seeds.

    We really like the flavour of the bush beans but they don't grow as big as the pole beans.

    This is the first year we have grown the Blue Lake Pole beans. Up to this year, we used seeds that were given to us years ago by an Italian fellow in Vancouver. They grew really nice flat beans but they were marginal in our climate so we are trying the Blue Lake Pole. They seem hardy enough but we haven't tried them for taste yet. I will let you know when we do.

    You might have a problem ordering from these companies as they are Canadian and I don't know the rules for importing seeds to the US. I know it can be a hassle ordering seeds from the US here.

    Good luck finding what you're looking for!

    Disco.
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Disco, evening....   The blue lakes were our favorite for years.....  probably 20+ but the last 3, they have matured in a flat, bitter tasting bean....  tried 4 varieties, all the same.... flat, bitter, YUCK!!!  Those bush beans look like the "blue lake of old days".......   Plump, round, perfect for canning and pickling.....  I'm looking up Vesey's now.....    \

    Hey, while I'm here, are you pole bean "Blue Lake's" flat or plump and round... 
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry, Dave, I don't know. We only have buds on it so far and haven't tried them before. I'm hoping they are round. The flat ones we did for years were good but I am in the mood for a change. 

    Vesey's doesn't have a large selection but I have always trusted their quality.

    West Coast Seeds is a well known heritage seed provider up here. You might want to try them for their Blue Lake but I would wait till they produce here and I will let you know.

    Do you pickle your beans with hot peppers or straight up?

    Disco
     
  10. MMMMMMMMMMMM!!! pickled hot beans[​IMG]

    David
     
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Obviously you have tried these. I haven't made them but I have a friend who gives them to me. I might have to give them a go this year. A cold beer, some pepperoni, some pickled hot beans and some cheese. Heaven in the summer.

    Disco
     
  12. Then their is the hot pickled okra. A few red peppers to add color and flavor. My wife uses a gallon jar of them for decoration on the counter..

    So I have to make emough to make it to the next season.

    David
     
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Har. I have to admit I have never tried pickled okra. Isn't the texture a little strange?

    Disco
     
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am impressed Disco, I always wondered about gardens in the Great North. Looks like you have it figured out, or at least enjoy the learning curve.

    In the US we have what are called Master Gradeners, since nearly everything else is the same up there, you should check in on it. I think you'd be a great addition. Long ago they approached my Dad. He enjoyed it. I think you would too. You might look around and see. They are a national organization backed by the local university extension in the US, probably about the same there.

    Nice garden man, seriously I hope you look into the Masters program. I hope youse guys have one. 
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excuse me, Foamheart, it is tough to type while I'm blushing.

    We do have a local garden club and we have been on their garden tour a couple of times but that is mostly because of my wife's flower garden. She has good taste in everything except men (fortunately). 

    I think I am more of a gourmand who grows vegetables because he loves to eat.

    Disco
     
  16. The texture changes with time. the longer it sits the softer it gets. it also depends on the amount of vinager.

    David
     
  17. I love the garden!!!! I have one cherry tomato starting to turn red but there are many more and loads of blossoms. Container planting for me this year since I only could start small!!! 

    You have a very green thumb my friend!!! 
     
  18. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I may have to try that! Thanks.

    Disco
     
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey, Disco...... I am the typical gourmand also.....   It don't have to be perfect but it has to be an experience.....  NO STEAM TABLE BUFFET for this cowboy....   Do you pickle your beans with hot peppers or straight up?

    We mostly can for eating with a slice or 2 of bacon or other smoked meat....  Pickled with garlic etc for cocktail hour is another method......  that's about it..... but really good beans are a delicacy.... no store bought beans for us.......

    Dave

             

       
     
  20. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Har, Dave! I have seen your posts. You get good fresh food is the best and that the best source is your own garden. For example, how few realize that great garlic isn't bought in the supermarket?

    I bow to the master!

    [​IMG]

    Disco
     

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