Productive day in the garden

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I went out and did some harvesting from my backyard vegetable garden and took in 6 tomatoes, 5 nice cucumbers, a few dozen green beans, 3 eggplant and,,,,,,,get this--------22.5 lbs. of soybeans to be used to make Edamame. I picked my double planted 30 ft. row and got a full 5 gallon bucket of soybeans.

I'll wash them really good tomorrow to rid them of any dirt and them parboil them is heavily salted water to blanch them, spread them out on my table to cool and then bag them up in vacuum seal bags to eat at a later date.

Loving my garden this time of year, but when the heat kicks in, it mostly fades away with only okra, eggplant, mild & hot peppers and yard long beans doing well.

Been a good year so far. Anybody else into a backyard "Victory Garden"? Oh, and that term was initiated when WWII was going and food was scarce and people started growing much of their own stuff to make ends meet and have food that was scarce.
 
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I went out and did some harvesting from my backyard vegetable garden and took in 6 tomatoes, 5 nice cucumbers, a few dozen green beans, 3 eggplant and,,,,,,,get this--------22.5 lbs. of soybeans to be used to make Edamame. I picked my double planted 30 ft. row and got a full 5 gallon bucket of soybeans.

I'll wash them really good tomorrow to rid them of any dirt and them parboil them is heavily salted water to blanch them, spread them out on my table to cool and then bag them up in vacuum seal bags to eat at a later date.

Loving my garden this time of year, but when the heat kicks in, it mostly fades away with only okra, eggplant, mild & hot peppers and yard long beans doing well.

Been a good year so far. Anybody else into a backyard "Victory Garden"? Oh, and that term was initiated when WWII was going and food was scarce and people started growing much of their own stuff to make ends meet and have food that was scarce.
My wife has a bunch of tomatoes, squash, carrots and a few other things that she enjoys growing. I only grow pumpkins.....the big bastards. My brother and I have a contest every year with a bottle of Redbreast going to the winner.
 
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My wife has a bunch of tomatoes, squash, carrots and a few other things that she enjoys growing. I only grow pumpkins.....the big bastards. My brother and I have a contest every year with a bottle of Redbreast going to the winner.

I don't grow melons or pumpkins since they really take up a lot of square footage in the garden. I did grow cantaloupes one year on a trellis and resorted to tying the fruit to the trellis wiring wrapped in old pantyhose my wife had. They did fine like that and growing them on a trellis kept the fruit off the ground where they could rot or be attacked by bugs.
 
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*Unless you know how to grow shit
It's also knowing "when" to grow shit. Most crops are seasonal. I can't grow parsley, spinach, lettuces and many other salad greens in the summer months due to being too hot. Also things like greens, as in collards, turnip and mustard greens, along with cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, etc. will grow, but tend to be way more bitter whereas in cooler months they get more flavorful, especially after a few cold snaps.

Things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pole and bush beans don't do as well when it's cool to cold and many of them are killed at the first frost.

If you really want to try a garden, look for your planting zone and use that as a guide to set planting dates and which crops to try to grow.
 
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@Deebo, Checked the planting zone map and from what I can tell about Northern California, it shows mostly Zone 8 and 9, with Zone 9 also being my planting zone in S.E. Louisiana.

The thing with Zone 9 planting is some things need to be in the ground by early spring since our summer heat really takes a toll on many of the things in my garden. Tomatoes are gone by mid to late June, beans tend to suffer as do cucumbers and production slows during the real hot months. Things that do well are okra, eggplant, peppers------especially the hot and super hots and squash, but they require almost daily watering to survive. Miss watering for 2-3 days and the plants really get stressed.

The only plant in my garden that is totally drought and heat tolerant is okra. Once it gets established, it just keeps going until I pull them in mid September, and by then many of them are 8 ft. tall and have stems as big around as 2 in. PVC pipe. I work my ass off getting them out the ground and it is the better part of a day to remove the 60 plants I grow every summer between the last harvest, cutting and then pulling the stalks out the ground and then loading all that in my truck to haul off.
 
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