What the garden looked like in June versus July

It’s hard to believe that a month ago we were just getting started in the south end of the vegetable garden.

a freshly planted vegetable garden in JuneA vegetable garden in July

Despite losing a fair number of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers to the ground squirrels, the garden is now just reaching its mid-summer peak. The first round of sweet corn and squash are done, but a second round is coming in fast behind them. Tomatoes are just starting to ripen as well.

We haven’t hit the really hot part of the season yet (that’ll arrive later in August and carry on until October), so I’m hoping I can get a lot of these tomatoes harvested before the heat sets in. Tomatoes won’t flower if it’s too hot, so shading and cooling them a bit should keep them flowering and fruiting into early fall.