In Wisconsin we’ve been sweating in above-average heat, and watering due to below-average rainfall, to say the least. I do have to say that the melon vines are more vigorous than any we’ve ever grown so I’m hoping we get a good crop.
We harvested the first ‘Capitano’ beans (left) and the flavor is better than I expected since bush varieties usually fall short in the flavor comparison to our pole beans.
The ‘Cherry Stuffer’ pepper has come in second place for earliest pepper, and we actually picked it red! The first in were ‘Garden Sunshine’ peppers, which we picked in the yellow phase. I can’t wait for them to turn color before picking them. We’re still waiting on the other peppers as well as the tomato varieties.
And also the zucchinis, believe it or not. They got ignored and made it through blisteringly hot temperatures with no watering only because they were mulched. They’re starting to look like real zucchini plants again (right) and we should have zukes shortly.
I should also tell you that the zinnias (left) and salvias are blooming their heads off.
Well, back to eating salads, cucumber salsa, gazpacho, and grilled summer veggies (I love this time of year!) while keeping cool. —Kathy Shaw, Neenah, Wisconsin
It has been a really cool summer. Skies have been mostly overcast. Temperatures have barely topped 70, and then on only a few days. We’ve all been asking each other when November is going to end! The upshot for the garden is that things are coming along slowly. Lots of foliage, but fruits are barely ripening—other than peppers, for some reason.
The peppers are coming along a bit earlier than usual this year. I picked a handful of ‘Gusto Purple’ peppers. They are pretty little things—rich deep purple. I absentmindedly nibbled on one as I harvested some tomatoes and what a surprise! They have a bite!
This year’s zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’ is fantastic—fiery orange for sure! Though honestly, nothing compares to ‘Giant Lime’. We grew these back in 2004 and they stay on my top ten list, along with zinnia ‘Magellan Coral’. Those two really rekindled my interest in zinnias.
The ‘Little Potato’ cukes are gone, and I have to say I’m not disappointed. They were ugly, but honestly, there just wasn’t much to them. The ‘Lime Crisp’ on the other hand were really good though produced only a few fruits. I’m gonna seed these again and see what happens.
‘Strawberry Crown’ winter squash are incredible! I’ll take a photo of them because they are too amazing looking to try to describe.