Back to our tour (the good, the bad, and the ugly) of the garden.
In my never-ending attempts to foil the dratted cabbage moth from laying eggs (which then develop into worms --- eeuuw!) in my broccoli and cabbage, I started seeds for both inside the last half of June and set out the started plants on July 2nd. (I did this late planting hoping to miss the stage when the cabbage moth is out and about doing the dirty deed of making my vegetables wormy.) Tiny heads are just now forming on the broccoli plants and things look A-OK so far.
This is part of a double row of about four different varieties of the cabbages I set out, again, much later than usual.
My Sweet Pea flowers are another disappointment this year. All the plants on both sides of the trellis germinated, but slowly and surely, all of them on the left end of the trellis have died off. (My picture is not good, I know, so you may have to use your imagination a little.) I'm getting enough of the wonderfully fragrant blossoms to keep a small vase of them on a bathroom shelf, but not the plethora of flowers I would like.
Several days ago harvested all of the garlic. Above is the Siberian of which I got 18 huge bulbs.
The Blanak outdid itself producing 42 bulbs. Now if they all cure well, we will have garlic to use, garlic to share, garlic to ward off vampires, and garlic to save for planting this fall. (And probably still some left after that.)
We're in the midst of our blueberry harvest right now. So far, they haven't been bothered by the birds as they were last year, and we're looking forward to lots and lots of berries for fresh eating, the freezer and jam.
The raspberries. Oh, sadness and woe. We got one small first harvest of ripe berries, but successive raspberries picked have been loaded with (((shudder))) little, white worms. Hubby did some quick research and he thinks they are the larvae of the fruit fly. Just goes to show, some garden produce does fantastically well one year, not so good the next year. A new patch with new raspberry plants is on the schedule for next year so we'll keep our fingers crossed for a resupply of those luscious, red berries then.
All in all, the garden is producing like crazy, and I'll admit I'm p-double-ooped right now. Being out in the garden picking and harvesting would be much easier if it weren't so darn hot and muggy. But then, maybe the garden wouldn't be growing so well, now would it?
Sheep inside, outside, downside, upside
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