Green beans are nearly ready

They’ve been growing like mad recently and I’m excited to get to enjoy some very soon.  They’re not quite ready but there are lots of them this size.  It won’t be long now!  We’ve got two 30 foot rows of them spaced 3 inches apart.  There should be lots to eat and plenty to pressure can for the pantry.

green beans in a Mittleider garden
green beans in a Mittleider garden

July 20th update – 
We’ve got green beans!  They’ll be picked today and canned tomorrow.  

Dealing with horn worms on the tomato plants

We weren’t in the garden for about 4 days and I missed the signs of horn worms until they had done some serious damage.  We went through our plants and plucked off any horn worm caterpillars we spotted.  They’re in a canned chicken can on top of a 2 gallon bucket in the picture below. 

horn worm caterpillars
horn worm caterpillars

After removing all of them we were able to see I mixed up a batch of BT and sprayed all the plants. The next day I went out and found ones that we had missed dead and hanging from plants. 

horn worm killed with BT
horn worm killed with BT

Our first eggplant!

When we were growing a traditional garden we tried growing eggplants a few times and it never turned out well for us or the poor eggplants.  This is out first year implementing the Mittlieder Gardening Method but I decided to try it again as a benchmark.  It’s not yet close to being ready to eat but this is further than we’ve been able to grow one in the past so I’ve got high hopes it will continue and we will get to eat it.

eggplant grown with the Mittleider Gardening Method
eggplant grown with the Mittleider Gardening Method