This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, August 03, 2012

fading summer plants

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A number of my summer plants are fading now.

The potato plants have all turned brown and I have cut off most. It will take me several weeks to dig them all, but once the bed is harvested, I will add compost and then plant garlic here in early October.

All of my summer squashes are at different stages of succumbing to fungi and root borers. I remove leaves when they yellow or turn white with mildew. The Zephyr squash in the photo has been wilted for a week and squashes are not setting. I'll remove this plant soon and use its spot for fall root or greens seedlings. I have a young zucchini seedling that I will plant soon, but in a different spot. Somehow this one got left behind and still looks nice. Maybe I can have fall zucchini?

Other places now free for fall seedlings are the onion and scallion beds, the spring beet and carrot bed, and cabbage and radicchio beds.

I am hoping the tomato bed is not up for grabs soon, but if so, plenty of fall seedlings to plant there.



Blogger Jessica said...

My squash look exactly the same. :( It's just hasn't been a good year for me and zucchini.

August 04, 2012 1:30 PM

Blogger miss m said...

This year, all my cucurbit crops were heavily infested by striped cucumber beetle. A tiny but voracious eater and bacterial wilt carrier. In numbers, they can easily decimate a crop. So far, I've had to pull one squash plant and a few pumpkin and cucumber vines.

August 04, 2012 3:18 PM

Blogger Pam said...

Hi Kathy - I'm curious. what are your plans for your fall garden?

I have seed for beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, winter greens like kale and collards, lettuces, etc. but decided to wait a little longer to start seedlings. The weather has changed so much during the past 15-20 yrs. Our first frost is usually end of November now, not til mid-December some years.

The climate folks say we may have a mild El Nino this fall so that should bring more rain.

August 04, 2012 6:02 PM

Blogger Limette said...

I haven't seen a single zucchini this year. We had about 6 weeks with no rain. The tomatoes, however, are going crazy.

Little Homestead in the Valley

August 04, 2012 7:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those leaves sure look like root borer is there. I had an operation going on in my garden yesterday. I cleaned them all and put them under the soil. Now we wait and see what happens. I really am not ready to lose them yet because I only had one squash and one zucchini so far as I had to re-sead 3 times.
Love all the info and pictures Kathy. You are doing a great job. Thanks :]

August 04, 2012 9:09 PM

Blogger Pam said...

I second Huli's comment. I learned about late blight from you. I called my extension agent, and he advised me to spray with a fungicide. Thank you!

August 05, 2012 11:18 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Sounds like everyone has the zucchini bugs: borers, beetles and mildew. Uggg.

I always get borers. Tried once or twice to operate on the stems, but I never was successful. I now plants 2x what I need. So I have a squash glut midsummer, once the borers start killing one or two, I still have a few more squashes left. They usually don't get them all. The healthier and happier the plants, the longer they withstand the borers and mildew. I have never had those beetles.

Our NE late blight problems are from humid and rainy weather. I bet this is not a problem in the midUS with such dry weather this year.

August 07, 2012 11:42 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Pam, I hope you saw my fall plans in a newer post.

August 07, 2012 11:42 PM

Blogger Pam said...

Kathy, yes I did, and thank you. I left a comment.

Looks like we started many of the same things. I'm further south so I plant seeds for fall crops a little later. Lettuce is hardest - should plant seeds in Sept but it's often very hot so they fail. We often get tropical storms that flood the garden in late Aug and Sept so I try to wait for Oct to put out seedlings.

August 12, 2012 4:20 PM


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