2015 Veggies – June

Sweet corn, early June

We decided to try corn again this year. I had tried it in 2013 and found that it didn’t produce much at all. This year we did a little more research and gave them a little more room to spread out in the rear beds. Although we sometimes sowed two or three kernels per spot, sometimes we got one, sometimes two, sometimes none at all. I doubted we really had the nutrients to support them, but was interested in giving them another chance. By this time, we had run our irrigation lines as well, as visible here.

A little rainy night garden photography. Beets under a tomato.

Beets and tomato
Eggplant blossom, mid-June

Also in mid-June, eggplant flowers, which are quite beautiful umbrellas of purple and pink, started appearing to attract the bees.

Corn stalk from above.

Sweet corn, mid-June

Small clusters of cherry tomatoes, usually the first to appear and last to depart from the scene, made their entrance.

Fox Cherry tomatoes, mid-June
Purslane, mid-June

My partner in crime schooled me about Purslane, which is at once a weed and a yummy salad green. It’s something I composted in the past. Now it’s lunch!

Cucumber, mid-June

Cucumbers, which had had a rough start this year due to damping-off during propagation, were finally spreading their wings.

Peas, which still elude the silver bullet that would produce more than a handful of pods, were climbing their way up the fence. I need to come up with a better strategy for these guys– they are very fragile and produce next to nothing, then die off quickly. My succession plantings were even less fruitful, but I still think they have a place here.

Sweet peas, late June

By the end of June, the big dogs of the garden were making their presence known– heirloom Brandywines and Cherokee Purple tomatoes.

Brandywine tomatoes, late June

We were also getting ready for the first pepper tasting of the season, and not a moment too soon.

Shishito peppers, late June
Corn male flowers, late June

The larger of the corn stalks were starting to flower. Soon we’d have to bone up on our pollinating technique.

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Cucumber, late June

Cucumber sending out new tendrils into the sunshine.

Collards, late June

Collard greens, taking shape into the broadleaf statues they would soon become.

Eggplant buds, late June

Eggplant, showing a few buds. For their color alone, they are worth planting.

Late June. All promise and sun.

The garden in late June