Garden Update: Good Eats and Squash Bugs

Look at this garden grow! Week 8 of my demonstration garden for the GardenWorks Project has just ended. The garden is not only growing beautifully but producing plenty of food to enjoy.

First, let me just get a little bit of bad news out of the way: My zucchini plant (bottom left corner of the photo), though huge, has yet to produce a decent zucchini. I've had many baby zukes that just don't make it past infancy. I finally realized squash bugs might be the culprit. I detest squash bugs! They are truly disgusting and they destroy the zucchini vines. You can click on the link to see a picture of these annoying pests. Even though I've never grown squash in this bed before, they still found my lone zucchini plant. I'm fighting back with insecticidal soap and picking off their eggs. We'll see how it goes, If it doesn't get better soon, I may remove the plant. 

Now, onto the good news! 

-We enjoyed few early tomatoes - yum.

-I harvested basil for pesto, which I then used to marinate fresh mozzarella.

-The kale chips I mentioned last time were really good. If you store them in an airtight container with a paper towel, they stay crisp for quite a while! I will probably make some more this week. 

- I harvested the red-stemmed Swiss chard and sautéed it as a side dish. Delicious!

- The wax beans are almost ready to harvest. 

- We've continued to enjoy lettuce as well. The kale leaves shade the lettuce to keep it from getting too hot during the day.

I think that's all the news for now. As you can see, the garden is producing well with very little maintenance. Next update will be about a month from now. I'd welcome hearing from you with any questions or your own garden tips. Just use the comment form below. Enjoy the summer!


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