July 2017 Update

The month of July is a time where the garden really comes alive. It’s when most plants put on a large amount of green growth, and many of the leaves are still really green because diseases and blight have not changed their color otherwise. With so many plant varieties ready for harvest, the time between July and the end of August will inspire even the laziest of gardeners.

To give you an idea of the food coming out of my garden lately, here is a list of the most recent harvests.

  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Red Cabbage
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Cherries
  • Kale

*Check the Yield page for hard numbers. For example, over 9 lbs of Potatoes have been harvested.

What’s exciting is that even though the list of plants to harvest is decently long already, it is set to keep growing with the plants that are close. For example, the following are just about ready.

  • Peppers

  • Blackberries

  • Tomatoes

  • Cherry Tomatoes

And to keep the food coming through the fall, I am in the process of planting, or have planted some cool weather crops.

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Green Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

Let’s talk about garden insects for a moment.

July is always a challenging insect month. My last post (How To Kill Japanese Beetles) discussed Japanese Beetles and how they begin to arrive at the beginning of July and start to wreak havoc on your favorite plants.

Another insect, now that the warmer months have picked up, are mosquitoes, and they are out in full force this year. It is almost unbearable to pick raspberries in the evening due to the amount that swarm you. My guess is that it’s because it has been so wet out, more have hatched accordingly.

Finally, there seems to be an abundance of lightning bugs in my yard this year as well. We used to practice our baseball swing using wiffle ball bats to hit them when kids. If you made contact, it made your bat glow green like the blood of the “Predator”, and would send a flash of light into the yard in the direction you hit them. I could get quite a few swings in this year it seems, although they do not pose a threat to my garden at least.

I do have a theory that when there is an increase in lightning bugs, you can expect the mosquitoes to be bad. If you go to a park and see hoards of lightening bugs, be prepared to get eaten. This tends to hold true in my yard. Maybe they need similar wet conditions to hatch, but I am unsure. I’m curious to get your opinion. Have you seen a similar trend?

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Geoff has been growing plants and vegetables consistently for the last 6 years and actively experiments with, and writes about, all aspects of gardening.

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