I'm having trouble with my Sweet Peas again this year, same as for the past couple of years.
I keep rotating them into different beds but not seeing much improvement. New seeds this year, too. Finally got the first couple of blossoms a day or so ago, but the vines are drying out and look as though they're gonna give up the ghost. Darn.
The Morning Glories have been so, so slow this year. They're hardly halfway up their teepee trellis and I've seen only one blossom. Sigh.
There is one decent sized green pepper already on this widdle-biddie pepper plant, no less. When I first started my pepper seeds early this spring, I thought I was getting very poor germination on them so a couple/few weeks later I started a whole new batch. Turns out the first were just slow germinating so that batch went outside much earlier than the later batch.
This is the bed of the earliest set out. Do they have any peppers on them yet? Noooo. But one of the later transplanted very small plants (above) does.
Our kohlrabis are coming in. This is just the nice size we like for cutting into sticks and eating raw with dip. Yum, so fresh, crisp and yet tender.
I can hardly wait for fresh slicing cucumbers to put in salads, on sandwiches and munch out of hand. This biggest one I've found so far is a whole 4" long!
Gilligan gave me some gladioli bulbs (corms) for my birthday back in April and these are the first ones to bloom. I think they're gorgeous and I'm enjoying seeing them in their unique color combination. My friend in Wisconsin sent me a nice sampling last fall of the glads she grows. (Karen, the green spears of those are up high and healthy and I'm eagerly awaiting their showy blooms soon.)
I haven't grown any turnips for several years and I think I know why now. They're good sized already and we've sampled them both cooked and raw with dip. We're just not crazy about them. Actually, Papa Pea asked me to grow a small sampling of turnips and mangels this year to try as a supplemental feed for the poultry this winter. Both are doing well in the garden . . . and I hope the poultry like the turnips better than we do.
I just made another big batch of strawberry fruit leather. I peel it off the parchment paper sheets . . .
. . . and cut it into strips, fold the strips in half, wrap in wax paper and store all in glass jars tucked away in the pantry.
The peppermint has grown enough to cut again. These eight trays of it went into the dehydrator this morning and are now dried and put away as part of the supply I'm trying to stock up on for the coming year. I'll do another eight trays tomorrow.
AND my shell peas will finally be ready for the picking to start on them tomorrow. Whoopee!
the spiced onyx
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