Garden Update, vertical potato box, pumpkin, tomatoes

What a beautiful weekend! After weeks of stifling humidity and heat advisories, I was incredibly shocked when I went out the door this morning and almost turned around to grab a sweatshirt.  The humidity and the incredible heat was gone and in its place was absolutely beautiful weather.  I barely left my garden.

Because of the time that I spent in the garden, I have a lot of updates to share. 

This was my harvest the past two days.  21.83 lbs of tomatoes, 3.63 lbs of green beans, 4 zucchini, lots of hot peppers, 5 cucumbers, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, miniature cantaloupe by mistake, an acorn squash and 9.63 lbs of potatoes that are not pictured. 

This is supposed to be a Black Krim.  I think they greenhouse marked it incorrectly.  This is one of 4 that have ripened on the vine and none have darkened.  I am slightly disappointed, yet a little perplexed as to what I have on my hands.

The giant pumpkins is doing well and has grown noticeably over the past week. 

The soil in this area must be killer. Those my friends are some of my tomato plants. A mixture of cherry and beef master.  The privacy fence is 6 feet tall.  I think part if it has to do with my support system, as in this particular area, I built a frame of sorts that is attached to the fence and the plant is supported with twine.  These make my friends go ohhh and awe.

I had to provide an update on my vertical potato box.  I had filled my box with compost, old barn hay and browned grass clippings.  A couple weeks ago, the box was full to the top but with the massive amounts of rain, the mixtures has compacted down significantly.  As you can see from the picture, the potato plants are doing extremely well.  I will find something to fill it one more time before harvest.  My neighbor Wilson mentioned that he is becoming excited to see how his experiment turns out.  I will be sure to either take a video or pictures of the results.

7 Responses
  1. meemsnyc Says:

    Wow, those tomato plants are gigantic!! You have quite the harvest! Looks awesome! I love how that pumpkin is the size of a basketball! What kind of pumpkin is it? Does it turn orange or does it stay yellow in color?

  2. @meemsnyc, it is a giant pumpkin and if I compare it to the ones at the fair, it will stay about the same color. I got a late start on this year so it may not become as large as I had hoped.

  3. Dirt Lover Says:

    Nice pumpkin! I have pumpkins for the first time this year. I'm so excited, and can't wait to see what they taste like. Your tomato plants are huge! There must be some pretty good stuff in the ground you've got them in. Nice job on your harvest this week.

  4. Laura Says:

    Thats quite a haul! All of your hard work is paying off! Those tomato plants rock!

  5. thyme2garden Says:

    You got some great growth in your garden there! The height of those tomato plants are impressive - will you eventually have to get a ladder to harvest your tomatoes?? :) How large do you think your giant pumpkin will get before it's ready to be harvested?

  6. Hello thyme2garden and welcome to my blog! This is the first year I have never grown giant pumpkin before this year so at this point it is a guessing game as to how large it will become. From what others have told me the pumpkins can gain aprox 5lbs a day. Yes 5 lbs. I check it every day and notice a change. It's amazing. That of course is under the proper growing conditions. Regular water and fertilizer both of which I am doing. So if I waited until the middle of October to remove it, the already good sized pumpkin will be about 120 lbs heavier.

  7. GardenMom Says:

    I always wanted to try one of those...growing potatoes in trenches in the garden takes so much more room than I thought it would! You must have a lot of green beans have a lot more than me...of course I only grow french climbing beans for fresh eating...the rest I do for dried. I had a similar problem with one of my white beauty tomato plants....they were red. I'm like, okay, these are NOT white beauty.

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