Update for My Florida Hay Bale/Raised Bed/5gal Bucket (7-9-14)

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Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon

I can’t believe it is the 9th of July already and my garden is still producing tomatoes and green beans.  I have decided to stop picking my greens beans and let what is on the vine go to seed.

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Big Max Pumpkin Vine

We have been getting LOTS of rain almost every day, sometimes 3 times a day and my pumpkin plant is as long as 8 bales of hay and is branching out into the raspberries.  I lost my large pumpkin to bugs……I still have a smaller one that seems to be doing ok.

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I am not sure how my potatoes are doing in the hay inside the big planters.  We may be getting too much rain.  I was able to pull one small potato out.

This is the first time I have ever harvested corn.  I planted 2 bales side by side against the fence which made it easy to tie up.  It was not easy for them to pollinate though.  If I ever decide to plant corn again I will plant 4 – 6 bales and have them in a bunch with a bit of space in between.  I don’t know how I will stake them though.

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Black Tail Watermelon

This is also the first time I have harvested a ripe watermelon ( Georgia Rattlesnake variety from Baker Creek Seed Company) and boy is it good.  I actually had 2 but one burst, guess because of all the rain?  I also have three small Black Tail Watermelon just about ready to pick.  I already picked one but it was not fully ripe, we enjoyed it anyway.

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Eggplant

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I starting to get lots of eggplants and didn’t realize they were thin and long.  They are called Early Long Purple. I think I am going to try pickled eggplant.

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Lemon Basil

The carrots in hay bales are a bust.  They just don’t seem to be growing well.  My lemon basil is going great guns though.  I have already made a recipe of basil pesto and boy was it good.

The zucchini plant is doing great but every zucchini has been eaten by something.

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I have actually have a stalk of bananas this year before October.  Hopefully they will ripen.

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Peppermint

My beets are still doing well and my mint is getting very big.  I will be making mint oil soon.  I would love to get a kit that allows you to make true essential oil but it is $400.  

Here are my totals so far:

  • Green Beans – 137.9 oz, canned 33, 1/2 pints, almost 8 lbs
  • Cucumbers 43.7 oz
  • Onions 15 oz (grown in raised bed)
  • Celery 15.6 oz (grown in raised bed)
  • Parsley 1.0 oz
  • Beets 77.8 oz
  • Corn 59.4 oz
  • Roma Tomatoes 599.7 oz, this is almost 37.4 lbs
  • Tomatoes 2.2 oz
  • Carrots 18.5 oz (in grow buckets)
  • Pineapple 28.9 oz (in ground)
  • Potatoes 5.6 oz (in containers grown with hay)
  • Eggplant 17.7 oz
  • Watermelon Black Tail Mountain 8.4 lbs
  • Georgia Rattlesnake watermelon 18 lbs
  • Big Max Pumpkin 34.6 lbs (lost to bugs)

If you would like to see what I planted and the layout please click on this link.

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