And whether the garden is going to make it this year.
Our weird summer weather continues. We're in yet another cool, wet period. One-half inch of rain accumulated in our rain gauge over night. Today we didn't collect any appreciable amount, but we did get enough sprinkles on and off during the day, along with stiff winds, to keep me out of the garden.
First thing this morning the forecast was for a high in the low 60s during the day and a low in the low 40s tonight. We never made it out of the 50s all day and the temp now at 7 p.m. is 51°. Good for the two of us who tend to melt in the heat and humidity, but not so good for growing tomatoes, corn, squash, eggplant and the like.
But truth to tell, the garden is at least looking good right now. I'm caught up on all the weeding and have planted out spots made bare by pulling the first salad greens, spinach, radishes, etc. Hubby mowed the lawn surround the gardens a couple of days ago and things are lookin' pretty spiffy out there. It may be soggy, but it sure is lush and green.
Here's the very first picking (yeah, I rushed it a bit) of my edible podded peas.
I planted only four feet of them (actually eight feet if you count both sides of the trellis) because I've never been able to freeze them so they don't come out limp and mushy. They're still good in soups and stews but once you know what they taste like fresh, that just doesn't measure up. So we'll be doing our best to eat all of them that we can fresh . . . heated until still tender crisp in boiling water, drained, butter and salt added . . . we can make a meal of them. Many thanks to Carolyn Renee for sending me these wonderful pea seeds this year.
My slicing cucumbers are just learning to crawl around and investigate their surroundings. Come on, guys, you've got a long way to go.
Speaking of having a long way to go, here is a portion of the area containing my second planting of corn with rows of pumpkins interspersed. The corn is about 2-1/2 ft. high but the pumpkin plants are still so small I don't have much hope of them setting fruit and maturing. It's just been too darn cold around here this summer.
If weather permits, I'll take and post more pictures of the garden tomorrow. Then in a week, I'll do the comparison pictures of the gardens June 1st, July 1st and August 1st. Even though a lot of the crops are very slow this year, the gardens are about at their best appearance-wise right now. Everything (well, almost) is green and growing and yet it hasn't gotten all blowsy and spent yet. At any rate, I'm thinking the August 1st pictures are gonna look a lot different than those from July 1st.
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