July is medium-speed, tending to insect damage and watering when necessary.
The third week of August hits, and it feels like the garden is going at the rate of a freight train! Exciting, but very hard to slow down enough to get things picked and processed.
This week we had our potato harvest.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the potatoes we grew this year. I kept the method the same---growing above-ground in containers---but I changed out two key variables: the soil I used and the depth of material around the plants.
Todd has access to free aged horse manure at camp, so he brought bucket after bucket home. We mixed that in with aged chicken manure and straw. Apparently, the potatoes loved it. We also did a better job this year of hilling the potatoes (by adding more material vertically inside the bins). It did the trick. We easily tripled our potato harvest from last year. Altogether, we brought 32 pounds of potatoes in the other night.
While I harvested potatoes (and created another raised lasagna bed with newspaper and the material from around the potatoes), Juliana read comics from the paper. That was her contribution. Meanwhile, Micah grabbed my camera and did a little tour of the garden.
This is his shot of Juli's only apple on her tree. Deer came and munched the other four, but this one's hanging in there. It's a MacIntosh, so it should be ready pretty soon.
One of our many spaghetti squash, which are a deep yellow and more than ready to be picked. I haven't decided yet how to store these. We don't have an appropriate cellar space, humidity-wise. I've considered baking them, scraping out the squash, and freezing it, but I'm not sure how that would work. Any ideas?
One of Micah's many pictures of the sunflowers. They're so, so tall, and I think they must seem like they reach the sky from his perspective.
His final stop is always to check on his watermelon. We're guarding it closely to keep the groundhog from decimating it. Hope it ripens enough for little guy to enjoy it.
Have you stopped by The Inadvertent Farmer to check on the other KinderGardens? There are some amazing things growing out there!