July in the Garden

All through June it always feels to me like we have the whole summer ahead of us and it’s never going to end. Then the Fourth of July comes and goes and suddenly summer begins to feel like it’s slipping away. This week as we approach mid-July that feeling is creeping up on me, but I  am taking comfort in the fact that here in New England summer eating has hardly begun.

Last night I had my first summer squash of the season for dinner.

I have tomatoes of all different shapes and sizes.

Eventually they’ll be all different colors– red and pink and yellow and purple and nearly black.

But for now they’re all still very green.

I’ve got one little watermelon that’s about the size of a lemon now. It’s got a long way to go.

The cucumber vines are scrambling up their trellis and are just starting to set their first fruits. We’ll be making pickles soon.

I’ve already harvested a few handfuls of bush beans, but the pole beans have been slow to bloom. The Christmas lima beans finally have a good number of flowers on them, and a few tiny pods just appeared a few days ago.

This week I’m enjoying the first of the zinnias and the sunflowers.

But right now the coreopsis is really stealing the show.

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14 thoughts on “July in the Garden

  1. Beautiful. Your tomatoes look like ours but love that eggplant looking one. I’m putting up bread and butter pickles later today. I know what you mean about summer. I’m still thinking it’s June and have to catch myself to remember we’re nearly halfway through July!

    • I think the tomatoes you’re referring to are called Ulster Germaid. I planted one each of a lot of different varieties. I can’t wait to try them all!

  2. Last week’s heat was wonderful for the tomatoes, even if it was hard on the humans…
    Totally agree about that summer-slipping-away feeling. My tomatoes are little green golf balls, and it’s time to start the seeds for the fall greens…it goes so fast!

  3. In Northern California we are just a little ahead of you: we’ve been eating green beans and cucumbers for a week, along with summer squash. People on the warmer side of the hills have tomatoes trucked in from warmer climes (the first ones are just beginning to show up in Berkeley). Our big “summer” weather generally takes place in September and early October: because of that, summer feels like a long season, beginning as it does with a month or two of cold, foggy mornings.

    • I’ve only been to Northern California in the spring, so I’ve yet to experience the beautiful early fall weather I’ve heard so much about. Next time I’ll be sure to plan my visit for the fall.

    • It’s hard to believe, but yes it is! You can probably get away with sowing spinach and lettuce through August for a fall harvest, but if you’d like to have full grown kale or other brassicas for the fall and winter, it’s best to start them before the end of July.

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