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The Home Garden, July 30, 2009

Health Kick Tomatoes  Lima Beans and Mississippi Purple Hull Peas  Late planting of corn and green beans

Left photo above:  Health Kick Tomatoes are producing very well as usual.  Center photo above:  The strawberry plants were removed from this raised bed after the strawberry harvest was over.  I replanted the bed with Lima beans and Mississippi Purple Hull Peas.  Right photo above:  After the potatoes were harvested from this area I tilled the soil and planted a late planting of corn.  The row of large plants on the right are Tenderette Green Beans.  These tender, stringless beans have produced exceptionally well.

The Home Garden, July   Mulched with hay for Fall garden   Sweet Banana Peppers

Left photo above:  You can see the home garden is doing well.  Center photo above:  I removed the cornstalks from the area that had finished producing corn, cut the weeds with a string trimmer and then covered the area with hay mulch.  This area will be replanted with cabbage, collard and broccoli plants in August.  Right photo above:  Sweet Banana Peppers are about ready to begin harvesting.

Carrot bed covered with shade cloth  Home canning: black beans and green beans   Harvest from my home garden

Left photo above:  I planted four rows of carrots in this bed, covered them with a little organic soil mix, then covered the bed with shade cloth.  The shade cloth aids germination and keeps crickets and grasshoppers from eating the tiny seedlings.  Keeping the bed moist helped the seed to germinate in about five days.  Center photo above:  Home canned black beans and green beans.  I purchased organic dry black beans, soaked them about 12 hours in water, cooked and canned them.  Now I can go to my pantry, pull out a jar for salsa or chili beans, or I can just heat and serve.  The green beans are Tenderette green beans from my home garden.  Right photo above:  Health Kick Tomatoes, Rattlesnake watermelon, Missouri Gold canteloupe and cucumbers from my home garden.  This is the first year I have planted Missouri Gold canteloupe.  It is a real treat!  An heirloom melon with sweet, deep orange flesh that is very productive.  




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