It was planned . . . but it's not gonna happen. But it's my choice, right? (Please, an intervention that will sentence me to a week locked in my quilt room.)
Last night's forecast said we were likely going to have rain today, so that's why I planned my day of quilting. Now they are saying the rain won't start until about 11 p.m. tonight. (Who employs these weather people? And why?!) Sure 'nuf, we have an absolutely gorgeous day going out there so already I've harvested a new batch of mixed lettuces, greens of various sorts to mix in our salads and a big bunch of crunchy but tender spinach. Now they're all washed and stashed in the refridge.
I should be cooking and serving the last of our vegetable bounty left in the freezer from last season, but somehow the beets, peas, Brussels sprouts, squash, beans, etc. (flavorful though they still are) don't seem as appetizing now as the wonderful greens available straight from the garden.
While I was out in the garden a short time ago, I snapped some pictures to share.
What flowering plant could be prettier than chives in bloom? I know I should cut these four chive plants down so they will re-grow tender, fresh, new shoots I can cut and freeze for our winter's use (I have none put by yet), but I find them so attractive, I keep putting off cutting them down.
I hope I haven't made a mistake by trying to start our broccoli and cabbage from seed in the garden. The broccoli germinated well and is putting on a little (little being the operative word) size, but the cabbage is still teeny-tiny, and I've even had to replant some of the green cabbage seeds that didn't germinate.
I haven't tried growing cauliflower for years as I seem to have a black thumb when it comes to getting the heads to form correctly. But for some reason, I did plant a few this year. The one on the right hand side, in the back, is substantially smaller than the rest of them. Why does this happen? I interspersed marigolds with the plants because brassicas like to grow with blooms and also planted a row of dill down the center of the bed because that's reported to help repel insects.
There is still no evidence of growth from the potato sets I planted under straw in this bed. Yesterday I pulled some of the straw away from the side of the bed to see if I could detect any growth and discovered that immediately below the layer of dry straw on top, all below is absolutely saturated with water. We've been having a lot of rain recently and even though my raised beds always seem to drain very well, the potato sets may be rotting. Or rotted. I must remember: In gardening there are no failures, only experiments. :o}
The three rows of taters planted the conventional way in the field garden are up and growing. It may be the growing is a mite slow because of lack of warmth, but they've made a good showing so far.
Okay, so now I'm going back out to fill in more of the asparagus trenches. It's time as all of the roots seem to be growing like crazy and the spears have nearly all turned into tiny fern-like trees.
Yupper, I suspect I'll not spend much time quilting today. Sigh. But our rain that is now to start late tonight looks like it may continue all day tomorrow (IF those crazy forecasters don't change their minds again) and as Scarlett said, "Tomorrow is another day," (or something like that). So there's a chance I'll be in my quilt room then.
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