Month: July 2015

Eastern tiger swallowtails–distinguishing females and males

Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), According to NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club website, eastern tiger swallowtails are common and widespread in New Jersey. I saw 3 eastern tiger swallowtails in my garden the other day. That was a butterfly crowd. Purple coneflowers were the main… Continue Reading “Eastern tiger swallowtails–distinguishing females and males”

Garlic harvest wrap-up

Hardneck garlic (Allium sativum ssp. ophioscorodon). Garlic harvest wrap-up. In the post Garlic harvest, I wrote about digging the garlic and starting the drying process. It’s important to keep the drying garlic out of the sun. The leaves should dry back completely and the stalk become more… Continue Reading “Garlic harvest wrap-up”

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee… Continue Reading “July jungle”

Vegetable garden in July

Vegetable garden in July. The vegetables are growing by leaps and bounds. Some harvesting is going on. Spring lettuce is tasty. Bunching onions have been harvested and are keeping well in the fridge ready for both salads and sautéing. The first carrots have been… Continue Reading “Vegetable garden in July”

Leek harvest

Leeks (Allium porrum). Leek harvest. Leeks were harvested on July 21 and 22. Above are photos taken of the 2 leek raised beds on July 14. On left is the larger bed at the sunny end of the vegetable garden. On right is the… Continue Reading “Leek harvest”

Peppers in July

Peppers (Capsicum annuum). It’s time to make an accounting of sweet and hot peppers in July. The photo above is of the vegetable garden harvest on July 17. Lettuce, also part of the harvest, is not shown but can be found in the post Lettuce… Continue Reading “Peppers in July”

American goldfinch and sunflowers in July

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). This is exciting. I was taking photos of peppers when an American goldfinch flew over to a Maximilian sunflower in the old apple tree area and started eating sunflower seeds right off a sunflower. I didn’t dare to move, so… Continue Reading “American goldfinch and sunflowers in July”

Garlic harvest

Hardneck garlic (Allium sativum ssp. ophioscorodon). Garlic harvest. The garlic leaves and stalks are starting to dry back, as can be seen in the photo above from July 14. It’s time to harvest garlic. On July 17, 65 heads of garlic were gently dug from the… Continue Reading “Garlic harvest”

Lettuce in July

Lettuce in July. It’s time to celebrate spring lettuce. I think back to March, bitter cold, snow-covered, never-ending March, and how I dreamed about a delicious summer garden salad. Now, we are having garden salad every day. Lettuce, radishes, onions, sugar snap peas, and… Continue Reading “Lettuce in July”

Weeds of July

Weeds of July. Weeds have their seasons just as trees, flowers, and vegetables do. The smaller, cuter weeds of spring, like chickweed and purple deadnettle, have given way to bigger, uglier varieties, like crabgrass and prostrate knotweed. Even creeping Charlie, always with us, gets… Continue Reading “Weeds of July”