Here it is the beginning of July and time for comparison pictures of my garden to show the growth and progress (hopefully) from my June 1st post and pictures.
Only glitch is that we're experiencing heavy rain this morning which is making the taking of pictures close to impossible. If the weather changes up, I'll get the photos later today . . . or may have to wait until tomorrow. But since the forecast is for only 20% chance of rain today (ahem), I'd say we've already had our 20% . . . and it can clear up now.
In the meantime, I (once again . . . I'm a very slow learner) pushed myself beyond any sense of reasonableness yesterday in the garden and am paying for it today. (Well, hey, it was the second day in a row that we'd had sunshine and I just couldn't let that go by me, now could I?) I had strawberries to pick, 14 pounds, 7 ounces of them. Lettuce, salad greens and scallions to harvest for myself and our daughter. Bolted arugula, lettuce, and a couple other things to clean out of the garden. Comfrey to cut back to feed to the poultry. Tomatoes to stake (again!), flowers to dead head, watering of new seeds that still need to sprout (could have waited until the rain this morning, had I only known), and some tilling where the thickest, lushest, most matted, little ground cover of a weed had had the nerve to grow up right through the mulched rows between the peas.
Then after dinner, I cleaned about half of the strawberries in preparation of jam making today and ran back out to the garden to cut some rhubarb and then made a Rhubarb Pie.
Stayed up later than I would have to enjoy a late night, short visit with our daughter (thanks again, hon, for picking up the milk at the dairy for us) and then shortly thereafter, I think I crashed in bed although I truly don't remember actually getting into the bed.
Day before yesterday when I was in the garden, I was very surprised to find several clumps of actual tomatoes on the cherry tomato plants.
Where did they come from? But, wahoo! I've been watching the little yellow flowers for what has seemed like forever but with our lack of sun, I had begun to doubt if we'd ever actually get tomatoes to form. And here they are! Double wahoo.
Okay, time to go attack the strawberry jam making . . . and maybe the Rhubarb Pie as a reward incentive to keep me going today.
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