I’m trying to get as much food out of my yard as possible. The longterm goal is to feed my family all year round, but at this point (hey there squash borer and epic heat wave you P.O.S.s) I’m just trying to get through the season. So, placing my bitterness aside…here are some things that ARE working.
These guys are LOVING the heat and growing quite well. While I have no particular love for pickles, I have experimented with making them none the less to varying degrees of success. I tried the Bread and Butter pickle mix by Ball and (though it was really easy) it was just OK in flavor. However, the Bread and Butter recipe from the Beekman 1802 Cookbook was a huge hit. I even ate two pickles myself.
I’ve set up V shaped trellises for my melons and under them I’m growing things that need more shade: lettuce, swiss chard, radishes, and spinach. To keep the melons from over stressing their vines, I’m bagging them in pantyhose. Though this looks silly, it seems to be working and my melons no longer cover my whole yard like they did last year.
OK, that’s all for now. Hopefully I find even more good things soon :).