I can't believe we are already in August...this summer is just flying by. If you remember last month, I posted a blog on how our garden looked throughout the month of June....so here we have the Mayernik Garden from July 2014.
The weather here in Northern New Jersey has been crazy. The nights are still cool and the days are not super hot. A few of our plants love the warm, warm weather so they are not turning/growing the way we wished they would. To date, we've picked 56lbs. It's been a lot less than last year, but we are hoping for a nice warm August to help us catch up.
Some plants which are doing awesome are the kale, swiss chard, collard greens, red cabbage, eggplants, and radishes. We are already on our second planting of radishes and I just can't get enough of them. We have already pulled all the cucumber plants as they did terrible this year. We might have picked 7-10 cucumbers, some of which were just pickles (so they were tiny). We will be doing a sample soil test of each raised box this year to see if we are missing any specific nutrients. Rotating crops is very important in a garden and we need to figure out which plants feed well off of last year's crops. Our garden is 100% ORGANIC so we need to research ways in which to obtain the best crop, year after year!
As you can see, our Jersey Tomatoes are not turning red on the plant. So the minute we see a slight change in color, we pick them and let them ripen in our bay window that gets about 7-8 hours full sunlight. Hey, you have to do what you have to do in order to enjoy the produce you are growing.
Eggplants are doing awesome this year...we picked one that was about 1.5 lbs. Our red cabbage is also growing nice and large so we'll be picking that in the next month or so.
Our herbs are still doing AMAZING. Our basil barrels are thriving, and our dill is beautiful this year. The yellow flowers on them add a nice touch of color. We also have random fennel plants growing within the garden; they spread like wildfire. We did not plant any this year but seeds must have planted themselves from last year's herb garden. I sure hope we get good sized bulbs when we pick them in September!
We are also drying a lot of our herbs this year because of the amount we are getting. We hang them in our sunroom and let them dry with the heat/breeze that comes through that room. We also use the food dehydrator to dry them quickly. We than store them in air tight glass containers so we have them to use throughout the winter for teas, seasonings, or marinades!
And last but not least...my beautiful orchid is blooming AGAIN this year. The first bud opened in early April and two more opened at the end of July. I love watching an orchid bud and bloom...one of the prettiest flowers out there.
::And here is the Mayernik July 2014 Garden::