Friday, June 29, 2012

Homecoming Harvest

One thing I always have to keep in mind when planning out my summer garden is summer vacation. Since I began gardening it has always helped our family to be able to come home after a long trip and have fresh food to eat while trying to unpack and make time to go grocery shopping.

I was extremely Grateful that my garden was doing well

With this in mind I would like to present the idea of dual-purpose long-lasting food crops. Two of these food crops are butternut squash and melon-cucumbers. Butternut squash can be used as a summer squash when immature or grown to become a hard winter squash. Likewise, some cucumber-melons can be either grown as a cucumber or left to grow into a melon. Other plants, like beans, can continue to produce a bountiful harvest over time. 

Part of June Harvest and a lovely welcome home to my garden

By planning to have one or two types of plants that will continue to grow food during the duration of their lifecycle, a gardener can plan to harvest the crop when he is ready to eat instead of waiting until a specific day to harvest.


  1. A interesting idea and one I had not considered. A nice harvest peas and beans are doing nicely with the innoculator you suggested.

    1. Oh - thank you! I know there are a lot of different types of inoculant. I really couldn't tell you which kind works better than others though such a trial would be well worth it.


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