I'm just in from watering the garden which has been a (nearly) must-do activity each day. Had a friend visiting this afternoon and I felt good she thought my garden looked fantastic. Over the years we've worked hard at building up good soil so I'm sure that's helping everything that has got to be stressed by our complete lack of rainfall.
We had zero germination sowing buckwheat on our two garden plots we chose to leave fallow this year. Between the crows filling their craws with the sown seed and our coming to the conclusion that the seed may have been a tad on the old side (arrrgh), the cover crop turned out to be a no go. But Papa Pea has taken the turn of events as an opportunity to spread lots of great compost on the bare soil which will be a benefit for next year.
I planted only six cabbages (three green and three red) with the thought of using them as they matured and not trying to hold any over in the root cellar this year.
While watering tonight, I found the first slicing cucumber. It's approaching jumbo size (not) at nearly three inches long.
The green peppers continue to put out nice sized fruits already. (It seems a bit early according to my records of past years.)
The one that got blown over before I staked them all up has called it quits and is headed toward the compost heap.
The sugar snap peas are producing and are great in our salads or just tossed into boiling water for a minute or two as that's how we like them cooked. Great for breakfast with eggs and sausage.
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We continue to keep at our Summer of the Massive Purge and it's going well. At the same time, it's unbelievable how much time needs to be put into each and every area we tackle. And most of the storage areas are ones that are oppressively hot in this unusual heat we're having this summer. It's a drain on our physical and mental/emotional bodies to stay at it for more than a few hours a day. But we also know it would be even more uncomfortable working in the outside storage areas (for many reasons) in the winter time.
We've sold some things but most of what we want to get rid of has been given away to one source or another because we just want to get it gone and be done with it.
This is the latest batch on the back porch to be re-homed, relocated or gotten rid of tomorrow. We both ran out of steam this afternoon and agreed we'd clear these items out first thing tomorrow morning.
All in all, it's a rewarding job, this undertaking, and we haven't had more than two or three drag 'em out fights as to whether specific objects go or stay. It's all worth it. So far.