Tuesday, August 9, 2016
In, Around and Out of the Garden - Part One
When ordering seeds this past winter, I was excited to find an old heirloom cauliflower that was "self-blanching." The leaves naturally fold in and over the developing head making it unnecessary to gather the leaves and manually tie them up and over the cauliflower. Well, pffft. My cauliflower apparently didn't get the memo. The heads have started to form (not nice, tight heads as one would desire, but ugly, separated kernels) right out in the open so I've had to resort to tying them and hoping for the best. Truth to tell though, cauliflower likes to mature in cooler weather and our weather has been anything but "cooler" so that may be contributing to the lack of its cooperation.
Zinnias, as opposed to cauliflower, love hot weather and the plants forming a row along the north side of the field garden are blooming their little heads off.
I've squeezed my jack o' lantern pumpkins and my little pie pumpkins into less space than they would really like so I got the bright idea to train the pie pumpkin vines to climb up and over this arbor trellis. The vines have made it to the top and are doing a good imitation of Jack's bean stalk and are now reaching for the sky.
My annual tepee trellis with morning glories planted around it has been a bit of a disappointment this year. I had very poor germination of the seeds and it took forever for them to get up enough gumption to start climbing up the trellis. It should be solidly covered in morning glory vines (and blooms) by now, but it's not. Also, the carrots planted in the bed on either side of the trellis are not nearly as lush and full as they usually are. Some of the green tops are tinged with brown. Maybe too much hot weather this year coupled with not enough moisture?
I think this little volunteer nasturtium that has been peeking at me out from under my bean plants is so sweet. And, yes, I need to pick some of those big beans.
The Sugar Snap peas planted this spring on this cattle panel trellis in the middle of this raised bed were all done a week or so ago so I pulled the vines and unceremoniously dumped them in the compost pile. Before I took down the trellis, it occurred to me to try another crop of the edible podded peas to see if they would mature yet this season. (Those are kohlrabi plants on either side of the trellis.)
That's all for tonight. Time to go help close up our thousand head (give or take a hundred) of poultry. Part Two of the garden saga coming soon!