Gardening in Late July


Late July is a great time to be in the garden. I’ve finished up the last successional plantings of the year last week, so the last little plantlets are just sprouting. These are the last lettuces, mesclun mixes, and baby spinach— which should be ready in about 4 weeks or just in time for our last harvest… The weeds are pretty well under control, so I just have a few hours/week general maintenance to keep all my plants growing happily without competition. Mostly the work to be done this time of year is the fun stuff: harvesting! We’ve been getting enough lettuce and spicy salad mix out of the garden to provide salad to the dining hall two days/week, as well as a variety of more exciting foods like zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, and every week a few snap peas and cherry tomatoes.

Aside from harvesting, it’s just a nice time of year to hang out in the garden, watching the bees buzzing around pollinating, smelling the marigolds, and marveling at how fast a pumpkin plant can produce SO MUCH vegetation and so many flowers!

Here are a couple pics from this week in the garden… but let’s face it, it’s better in real life, so come on by!


About umbsgarden2011

The U of M Biological Station is running a kitchen garden for the second year in a row! I am the new garden gal, trying to fill the big shoes of Nate Lada. Stay tuned to hear how the garden fares this year.
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