Charlie’s July Garden

I wrote about our garden in the middle of June — one month later many things have changed. (Click on any photo to enlarge and see details.)

The radish bed is one 4' by 4' square.
Last month the radish bed was producing delicious radishes.
The bushy square second from the left is full of radishes going to seed.
The bushy square second from the left is full of radishes going to seed.
I pulled all the radishes in preparation for a fall crop.
I pulled all the radishes in preparation for a fall crop.

Charlie plans to plant Brussels sprouts this fall.

Last month the tomato plants were growing tall but no tomatoes.
Last month the tomato plants were growing tall but no tomatoes.
Tomatoes are growing in the bamboo tepee and in a metal cage next door amongst basil.
Tomatoes are growing in the bamboo tepee and in a metal cage next door amongst basil.
The SunGold tomatoes are beginning to ripen for daily picking.
The SunGold tomatoes are beginning to ripen for daily picking.

We pull suckers from the tomato plants early in the season so they fruit earlier.

Be sure to leave a space under the bottom supports to get the ball of string around so one continuous piece can be used.
Trellised cucumbers in June.
Cucumber trellis is July.
The cucumber trellis is July is flowering profusely and fruiting.

Last week the garden was overgrown with weeds in all of the aisles between the 4′ by 4′ squares.

Even the paths are covered with green.
Even the paths are covered with green.
Charlie did some diligent weeding to get the July garden ready for additional planting.
Charlie did some diligent weeding to get the July garden ready for additional planting.

The garden in July takes consistent care if it is to look good and continue to produce.

Thai basil with a mild anise flavor.
Thai basil with a mild anise flavor.
Sweet peppers
Sweet peppers
We have allowed one square to be taken over by volunteers including some sort of melon plant.
We have allowed one square to be taken over by volunteers including some sort of melon plant.

There are always surprises in the garden.

What would you use anise flavored Thai basil for?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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