I had high hopes for the sugar snap peas, and they were productive for a couple of weeks, but with the sustained hot weather lately their end was near. Sure I could have gotten a few more, but there’s a Diva cucumber mixed in with the cabbage crops fighting to get to that trellis, and that cucumber will bear for the rest of the summer into fall. Out went the peas and the cukes have the trellis all to themselves.
I usually grow the snap peas with the cabbage family. The cabbage has been slow to head up but it’s been a good year for broccoli. There's another nice head about ready to pick.
The butternut squash is putting out vines now. I tied one vine to the trellis and will guide it along the trellis. I’ll put up more trellis at the end of the bed and tie another vine to that one. The butternuts just do better when they can grow on vertical support.
The onions are a mix of Copra and Utah Sweet from seed, and red onions from sets. I don’t know if the red onions are short day or long day, the retailers around here don’t usually know. A few of them bolted and I’ve found that these have little bulb. I picked a few more that were knocked over or broken and the bulbs are already forming. I’ve now learned, get fresh onion seeds every year.
The potatoes are near the top of the cage. The Yukon Golds are starting to show some yellow on the leaves. I may snitch a few in a couple weeks. Those are Provider beans between the cages – the first batch of beans that I planted on May 1st. I plant patches of beans every 3-4 weeks in different beds. I’ve found that this strategy keeps the beans a step ahead of the Mexican bean beetle. The beetles usually invade after the beans peak, and once it looks like the beetles have a real foothold I rip the beans out along with any debris and turn over the soil with a hoe. The next patch of beans will go in the cabbage bed. In a few weeks most of the plants will be out of that bed.