Damn, it was hotter than Hades out there today. Planted some beets, the seed potatoes that I ordered earlier in May, which were in stock are no longer available. I am pissed, ordered more than a month ago, and still, nothing has arrived except one DOA plant. I have ordered other seeds, and I have put some of the potatoes I harvested earlier aside to sprout and plant for fall.
Today I picked enough okra to pickle 3 quarts. In the water bath now at 11:30 am.
Growing corn in raised beds is different than growing in the ground, corn needs some type of support. The simplest way I have found is to build a "brace" on each short end of the bed and then run tomato trellis string from end to end between the "rows". This is about 27 inches in height and will help to keep the corn from being damaged by high winds. Built the braces on 2 raised beds.
The above photo is the last bed of corn, as you can see it is still too short to reach the support "mesh". Braces are constructed from some scrap material I had left from other projects. Dent corn can grow as much as 10-12 feet in height!!!
In the above photo you can see how the corn will grow between the "mesh".
In an earlier post, I mentioned planting more purple hull peas for the "fall" garden since these are heat tolerant they are faring well!
In the above photo, you can see how densely I planted okra this year and the result. In the lower portion of the photo is a volunteer purple hull pea intertwined with sweet potato and some of the heat-resistant kale, which is still producing a reasonable amount of green edibles, there is more of the same to the left (not visible), and elsewhere in the garden.