Had raised beds built 4' x 32' at a working height of around 18 inches. The photo above are fall tomatoes planted 24 inches apart. If they all survive it will be a tangled mess as two of the varieties are Brandywine and Cherokee Purple which grow into huge plants.
It's only July and the fall tomatoes are already blooming. This has me a little concerned as Brandywine and Cherokee Purple don't really like the hot weather. Hope I didn't plant too early because we still have all of August that's gets pretty hot.
Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers, one of my favorites, appears to like the soil in the raised beds. These are young and just starting to put on peppers. Cut a few of these up and add them to the gravy gives it not only a good flavor but also a little heat. Like any pepper, they don't mind the hot summer months.
Hungarian Wax Peppers harvested from the 5 plants above.
Summer Straight Neck Squash. I find these are best pick when smaller than a soda can. Cut up in half inch slices, boiled in seasoned water then adding butter is the way I like em. Since I'm the only one who eats em here, one plant at a time is pleny. Right before they start blooming I'll start another. This can be done all summer long.
Blue Lake Snap Beans (bush type) I didn't think would make this late in the year but I was wrong. Picked a few handfuls and added them to a beef roast with potatoes. They were so good right out the garden.
Decided to let a few of these "Candy" Onions grow until the tops not only fell over but turned brown before harvesting. One of these is plenty to make several rice and gravies. Two heaping 5 gal. buckets was enough to put up 9 one gal. zip lock bags of chopped onions for the freezer.
Slim from Baton Rouge sent me some watermelon seeds to try out. Don’t know the variety but he tells me they’re a good melon. Looks like they have a little ways to go before harvesting.
Danny from Memphis sent these Scaly Bark watermelon seeds. He’s been growing them for years and they come highly recommended.
“Top Pick” purple hull peas drying on the plants. They’ll be harvested, shelled and put up dried for the winter. Purple hulls can also be frozen or canned. Throw in some onions, peppers, sausage or bacon and you have a meal.
"Cow Horn" okra just about ready to start picking. Wider spacing of the plants allows them to bush out rather than grow 10 ft. tall.
Smaller model 640 pea sheller
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