July 9, 2020
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2020 Kitchen Garden as of July 9, 2020.
It is 1:30 in the afternoon 92 degrees F and the garden is in full grow, Tomatoes in bloom for about a week. We have been picking Greens and strawberries for about a month and a dang gopher has wiped out half of the Spaghetti Squash plants ( see upper left) already! Another is working the salad greens just out of this picture, lower left. Been after them with bait and traps. Seems like an unending war with them. While I get a few of them, there is always more to contend with.
The second plantings of beans and peas are up just as the first are beginning to bloom. I am replanting the missing Spaghetti Squash as they produce long and the baby fruit are far better then Zucchini in stir fry. Hopefully I will get the gopher before it gets all my plants.
The near lower right is Butternut Squash. I hope I got the gopher that was working that area a month ago.
Lots of Amish Paste tomatoes planted along with Anahiem and Chyanne Peppers, maybe a good year to make sauce 8-). These Paste tomatoes are like giant Roma in shape and are quite dry and meaty, a big, fist sized, one is perfect for slicing in sandwich and won’t melt the bread with excess juice.
Generally I grow standard bred crop lines and save seed so most of my crops have been acclimated to my soil and climate. after over 20 years of selection they generally do better then Hybreds from the store stock and are far cheaper in the bulk produced. But they are a real pain in the neck to produce as many require additional space and time to mature.