This is the most bountiful time for our veggie and herb gardens. But, summer solstice has passed and the days are getting shorter. This means our average 6.25 hours of sunlight will start to decrease as well. Less light means the harvests are later and the fruit size a bit smaller than what the seed packet suggests. The Seed Haven and control gardens were planted and managed in the same manner vis-a-vis water, feeding and light. The results thus far:
The first tranche of beans was seeded on May 11. Harvesting began on July 14 (64 days) and continued to August 1 (18 days). Seed Haven produced 1.63 kg of beans versus 0.81 kg from the control. The second tranche of beans was planted on June 11. This Harvesting of this tranche from Seed Haven began on August 1 (51 days). The second tranche is not harvestable yet. A third tranche was planted in Seed Haven on July 29 for a fall harvest. It was not considered useful to plant a third tranche in the control garden as it is unlikely to survive the current level of pests.
Beets were seeded on May 11 and harvested on July 28 (78 days). The devastation of seedlings by crawling pests in the control garden was extensive and continued throughout the growing period. Seed Haven produced 0.93 kg of useable beets versus 0.2 kg in the control garden. A second tranche of beets was planted in both gardens on July 28.
Nantes 2 carrots were seeded as two rows on May 11 and harvested on July 30 (80 days). Seed Haven produced 1.03 kg of useable carrots versus 0.06 kg in the control garden. Red Chantenay carrots were seeded as three rows on May 11 and harvested on July 28 (78 days). Seed Haven produced 0.99 kg of useable carrots versus 0.05 kg in the control garden. Carrots sustained the most pest damage of all seedlings in the control garden. Another planting of carrots would be feasible with a late fall harvest but will not be done this year.
Sugar snaps were seeded on May 11. Harvesting began from both gardens on July 15 (65 days) and continued to August 1 (17 days). The yield from Seed Haven was 0.82 kg and from the control garden was 0.76 kg. The vines for the peas were provided a 4 foot high trellis. This was very undersized. An 8 foot trellis would not be amiss!!
Basil and parsley yields from Seed Haven continue to be substantially more than from the control garden where pests continue to do extensive damage. Similarly lettuce and mesclun from Seed Haven is healthier and more abundant and can be eaten as harvested. The control garden lettuce and mesclun is less appetizing with its integrated slugs and earwigs and their respective leavings. Seed havens were replanted with lettuce and spinach on July 29.