Today was another great day. Not as warm as yesterday, not as sunny, but no rain. (That's coming tomorrow and Sunday.)
Knowing more precipitation is on the way, I pushed to get as much done in the garden as I could. And, boy howdy, do I feel it tonight. I made a simple dinner of hamburgers, 'cause that's about all I could handle. Now I've had my shower and am in my jammies already at a smidge after 7 p.m.
First on my list of garden tasks today was to get the three potato rows hilled up. The row on the right are Burbank Russets. They were the tallest and I had trouble pulling the dirt up around them as much as I wanted. In the middle are Red Chieftans. They poked through the soil at the same time as the Russets but haven't gotten quite as tall.
The third row over on the left was planted with potatoes I had left from our crop last year. I don't even know what variety they are, other than a nice red potato, as they were originally given to us many years ago by a farmer friend about 100 miles south of us. The harvest they gave us last year wasn't up to expectations so I purchased the two new kinds to try this year besides the old regulars. I didn't think my old seed potatoes were ever going to come up but, of course, they finally did. I plan to keep track of the harvest we get from each variety this fall.
These are our June bearing strawberries. (Which don't bear up here until July!) They're looking very healthy and have been covered with blossoms, some of which are nickel sized green berries now.
I plant my shell peas on either side of the cattle panels I use for trellises and their tendrils are just now starting to reach up and grab onto the trellises. It seems they've been slow growing this year. Or maybe I'm just too eager. As usual.
Those three bushes in the foreground are the haskap berry bushes. They're four years old this spring and certainly do grow faster than blueberry bushes. (Blueberry bushes are behind and then our raspberry patch at the far end of the picture.) Last year was the first year the haskap bushes produced any amount of berries . . . which the robins enjoyed before we realized what was happening. (Grrrr!)
This is what the very unripe berries look like right now. They're about 1/2"-3/4" long and won't get too much bigger but will turn a dark blue like blueberries.
The blueberry bushes have more blossoms on them than we've ever seen. I can hardly wait for breakfasts of fresh blueberries and cream. Or fresh strawberries (or raspberries!) and cream. To my mind, that's the real breakfast of champions!
Finishing the Ladder to the Hay Loft
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