Summer Retrospective – 2013

As I’ve said before, life is busy.  Having a family as large as ours, life is definitely busy.  I’ve been pondering the harvest this year.  The garden went better in a few areas, but was a learning experience overall.  I worked on using some local bamboo for supports and learned the true power of beans – toppling even the most robust heritage dent corn that was close to 14 feet tall.

And speaking of that corn – excited to try the corn meal from those dried kernels.  We’ve been spoiled with a great cornmeal from Quail Cove Co-Op called “Pungo Creek” Indian corn meal.  If you know anything of heritage corn, Pungo Creek is derived from Bloody Butcher, as I’ve read.  It makes a beautiful multicolored cornmeal – hints of blue, red, yellow, blue and white.  I had doubts that our corn would actually work – we have small beds and corn tends to like very dense rows.  I was also shooting for a multi-specie bed, full of corn, beans and tomatoes.  The corn planting wasn’t real thick, just a couple of rows.  But it came up great!  A couple of the stalks were eliminated early by aggressive beans, but we ended up with two stalks, a meager run, but it was a success!  From those two stalks, we had four ears of corn, yielding about 3 -4 cups of dried kernels.  It was interesting: one stalk tended to have very red kernels on the ear while the other stalk had kernels on the ear in the white-yellow-blue realm.

There is some excitement for when we mill this up and have some good homegrown cornbread!

In other realms of the garden, tomatoes weren’t overly productive for us, or for many other folks here.  It was a very mild and wet summer – quite unusual for our typical fare.  It seemed that a blight might have been afoot over the summer – a nice wet summer would be a great hosting environment for many of them.  Greens did well and they’re back in the ground.  Carrots were also successful, as were the simple beet and onions.  Still to be determined are sweet potatoes and a new winter squash, Green-Striped Cushaw.  It sounds delicious and the squash bugs didn’t affect it; those are the bane of my squash growing existence here.  It’s odd, in this region, they’re spotty; some folks have no problems, other, they’re everywhere.  I’m in the “everywhere” zone.  Winter squash may be the fix, something I’ve learned thanks to the wonderful folks at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

They’re still the rest of the winter – greens!

Solo Deo Gloria,



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2 Responses to Summer Retrospective – 2013

  1. Joel says:

    Do the Stink Bugs affect you?

    • javajeb says:

      Yep, we have the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs around here pretty thick. They much on all sorts of things. The traditional squash bug looks very much the same.

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