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July 9, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
July is the time when all the work that went into garden preparation really pays off. I am even eating the results today! I pulled beets and picked green beans thias morning. The beets are quite big enough, in fact I think I have to get most of them pulled this week and prepared for the freezer before they get too big and woody. The turnips and parsnips are in the same garden bed, but they are still small. Parsnips took a lot of tries before I finally got some seeds to germinate, right before packets of seeds disappeared from most of the places whre I shop. I wish they would realize that gardeners favor succession planting to get the most use from the garden, and seeds are needed yet in July and august. I am waiting for a good rain to soak the ground (only not during St.joseph festival, please) and then I will get some lettuce in where the peas were. Luckily I remembered last year's search, and bought seeds while they were readily available. Now that the bush beans are srarting there will be a crop to pick every day for a couple of weeks, andby then the pole beans will be ready. The bush beans can come out then and make room for something else, but the pole beans will go on producing until the end of the growing season. The onions and potatoes are also showing signs of readiness, with the tops browning and falling over. I am tempted to dig a few potatoes now, the little new ones are so delicious. And I have given up weeding the vegetable garden, except for the asparagus bed as I don't want that to get away from me. The other beds are so full of vegetation the weeds are mostly crowded out.


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