The summer continues with heat and humidity. It's taking a toll on the garden. (And us!) Take a look at my poor nasturtiums.
They're not lacking water, just getting too much heat, I think. Could be worse.
And this head of cauliflower is definitely "worse." I think I've mentioned I put seven of the cauliflowers I started inside this spring out in the garden later than those I set out earlier. I held them in their peat pots until I found an area of the field garden in which to plant them. I didn't really expect them to do much because cauliflower is a cool weather crop and doesn't like to grow in warmer weather. Still, when the little nubbins of heads started to form, I tied the leaves up over them to keep the developing heads white and forming nicely. So what happened to this one? No idea. I chopped it up and tossed it into the poultry yard. The geese, especially, seemed to like it.
We've been working on the cleaning and sorting of our big storage shed for the past two mornings. As the sun moves across the sky, it shines directly on the front of the shed and with our continuing heat and humidity (90 degrees in the sun today), it gets a bit unpleasant to work back there as noon time approaches. We're almost finished, possibly one more session there and we'll be satisfied with what we've accomplished.
Yesterday right before dinner time we checked blueberries in the garden and saw there were more to be picked. Then I was surprised by the number of pickling cucumbers that were ready to be harvested. Deciding I'd better "unwrap" and check those seven late cauliflower plants, I found two that had gone wonko on us (one which is pictured above) and two that were lovely and needed to be picked and processed. Those two heads are shown (cut up and soaking in salted water in the picture above) prior to being blanched and frozen. There weren't enough of the pickling cukes for a batch of dill pickles but they'll keep nicely in the spare refridge until I harvest more, probably tomorrow.
After lunch today I tried to work in the garden but it was just too hot. (Might maybe could have had something to do with the beer Papa Pea and I split with our ham sandwiches for lunch. Sure did taste good going down though.) Anyway, after taking a couple of pictures, I came in here to our cool bedroom and my desk to get caught up on some paper work.
I'm not sure this picture shows off the red cabbages to the best advantage, but they are really pretty (I think) this year.
The green ones grow faster than the red. This head is about 10" across already.
Hooray! Had to show you that my California Poppy seed mix finally came through with more white ones and a few of what they call red ones. Makes a pretty picture, doesn't it?
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