Suburban Greens

Farming in Tri-Cities neighborhoods, local produce grown organically


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Poly -tunnel jungle

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I try to keep up with pruning, I really do.  But the poly-tunnel, what I sometimes call a greenhouse, has increasingly been hard to move through.  But it is full of life…. and fruit.  And almost no disease.  It never rains on these plants (I use drip irrigation) and so it only occasionally I find a leaf like that up on the upper left of this photo.  But all summer long that has been rare and inconsequential.  I took this photo just before I finished picking, something I do two or three times a week.  Below is the harvest for the day.  The tunnel is fifty long by twelve feet wide and about six and a half feet high.  I also have a few bell pepper plants in there.

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Spaghetti Squash coming soon

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I harvested a few squash already but will cut the first two beds this weekend.  I am harvesting just a little early because I just discovered a fairly size-able hatch of squash bugs.  They are quite small but numerous and I want to harvest before I start seeing damage on the fruits.  This first planting is somewhat small, about thirty plants.  I have a second planting that is just starting to vine.  I planted over 120 plants expecting some insect damage this late in the season.  If there is no damage, then I will have spaghetti squash until next season!