Sunday 18 July 2021

Mid-July: time for summer vegetables

Ahh, summer at last: cucumbers, zucchini, beans, and tomatoes are growing in full force. July is their month.
Beans, sunflowers, zucchinis, and cucumbers in the Planty Garden, growing like crazy

Today's blog is all about:

  • summer vegetables
  • bugs
  • suckers and side shoots
  • planning a visit to Silvia's Planty Garden 

Summer vegetables

I'll start with the summer vegetables. In spite of all the rain this past week, many are ready to harvest.
Cucumbers every day😋
The next couple of months are going to be all about harvesting: not only tomatoes but cucumbers and zucchini too.

A tip for those last two: harvest your cucumbers and zucchinis when they're young. They taste best when they're still small. Also, large fruits slow down your plant's continued growth.

Now you have two good reasons to harvest sooner than later.

You can find more tips about summer vegetables in July here.

Watch out for suckers in the vegetable garden

"Suckers? Are vampires coming out at night? Leeches? What are you talking about?"

Well, kind of, actually. The suckers in your vegetable garden drain energy from your summer vegetables. I'm talking about those extra side branches and side shoots on tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. Those are suckers.

How do you recognize them and how do you get rid of them?
A sucker: a side shoot that can use up a lot of energy

About pests and their enemies

So, be honest. When you see an aphid, do you immediately reach for your spray bottle? Or do you give nature a chance to solve it itself?

I recommend letting nature step in. It's better for your garden and more effective in the long run.

The Planty Library has some helpful tips for keeping pests out of your garden in the first place. And what to do if those don't do the trick.

Read more about how to manage garden pests here.
Liquorice mint: Not just for the bees

Open day at Silvia's

"Jelle, when will you host an open day? That would be super fun."

Ummm... Honestly? I'm just too lazy for that.

But this year you can visit a beautiful Planty Garden in the Netherlands. Not at my place but at Silvia's - one of our resellers. You know, she's the one with the beautiful photos.

You can visit Silvia next weekend and see how her garden's growing
Silvia's Planty Garden is open to all for the weekend

So, that's it for today

We'll take it a little easier the next couple weeks. Recuperation. A weekend away, some loafing around in the garden. Looking forward to it 😀

At the beginning of August, we'll start up again, mostly working on the new app. It's looking great so far.

We'll also sow an empty garden box. Just to prove that it's definitely possible to sow in August and still is worth doing. But if you follow the app, you already know that. 

By the way: Here's the box we sowed on July 1. Not bad, huh? 
Sown on July 1
For now, enjoy your garden, harvest, bees, flowers, and of course your vacation when you go:
LieveLente took her favorite plants with her on a boat trip
See you in August!

PS: Excited?

Share your Planty adventures on Facebook or Instagram and add the hashtag #plantygarden. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got 🙂

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