Green Updates: July Planting

Last week I had talked about my great failures in gardening this year.  We had only successfully harvested lettuce and cherry tomatoes.  These are wonderful vegetables, but when you plant so many other kinds, it’s sad to bring in only these two.  We had harvested spinach and carrots much earlier in the season, but in my naivete I hadn’t planted very much of them, so we ate them up quickly.

What I had found out, though, is that I am able to replant a lot of the original vegetables this month and get a later harvest.  And oh boy that is exactly what I did.

I had a few of my raised beds covered in weeds, so with the help of my dearest Beard I removed all of the weeds and softened the soil for planting.  I read up on a few websites (namely www.vegetable-gardening-online.com) to figure out which vegetables would survive and produce a crop starting this late in the season, then I made my selection.

This morning I replanted peppers, pole beans, carrots, spinach, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, sauce tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel.  I also planted pumpkins and butternut squash, but this was their first shot in the ground this season.  We had killed a pumpkin plant last year by planting it a bit too early, and it didn’t quite survive the beating it received from the Virginia sun.

I’ll be keeping you all posted with this second round of vegetables.  I can only hope we will be more successful than earlier in the season.

And if we are, I have some great recipes to share!

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