Today I harvested the garlic I planted last fall. Last year's crop was a total bust, so I'm very happy to say this year I got a total of 66 luscious bulbs!
The bunch on the left is Dugansk and the bunch on the right is Chesnok Red - my favorites! Both are hardneck varieties and if I store them well will take me through next spring unless I decide to cook for the masses!
In the Squash House tradition, I bundle them with twine, trim the roots a tad and hang them in the shade of our two Juniper trees for a couple of weeks to harden them off. Then they will be stored in hanging baskets in our somewhat cool laundry room.
I also picked a few Jalapenpos. They do well no matter what!
On the other hand, the tomatoes and zucchini are slow to start and pretty strange looking! The zucchini is the new patio variety that doesn't get massively large and take over the garden. They're right about that, but it also doesn't grow very big zucchini! The tomato is very small to give you an idea.
Here is the main tomato bed. The very huge one on the right is an indeterminate which will grow out of control if I allow it, and the rest are determinates, which hold a smaller size throughout the season. In the back, just peeking out over a tomato, in front of the trumpet vine is the patio zucchini. I don't know if it is because we had so much rain early on and then blistering heat, but I'm not getting a lot of joy out of most of what I planted this year.
These are the other two tomato plants - both indeterminates.
I must admit the grapes look great this year. I hope we get them before the birds take their pick!
The blueberries are producing very well, too. Mr. Squash goes out every other morning and picks anywhere from two to 6 cups of these little morsels! We have nine plants, and that's plenty!
Here you can see the perennial garden has wound down in the summer heat. The only two things really making a show are the dwarf butterfly bush and to the right of that, the echinacea. I do love how everything changes quite regularly, though! Never a dull moment in the Squash House garden.