Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tiptoe Through The Tulips -- Oops, I Mean Garden

 I'm relieved to say our temperature has dropped significantly, but we still have gotten no rain.  Not much we can do about it but keep watering our garden and fruit trees which does seem to be doing some good.

The Morning Glories I planted way back on June 2nd are finally starting to grow and climb their trellis.

The second green cabbage head I harvested yesterday morning had a few insect holes in the outer leaves but turned out to be a beautiful, tightly formed, perfect head inside.  I made a big bowl of coleslaw but didn't use much of the head because it was so big.

I'm always surprised at what dense and lovely ferns the asparagus spears turn into after we stop harvesting it.

After years and years of talking about it, I finally planted a horseradish root this spring.  We can't take anything from it this first year, but are eagerly awaiting making some homemade horseradish next year.

Our corn is starting to form tassels.  A good sign.

I could eat a kohlrabi like an apple when they're young and tender.  My small crop of them is starting to size up.

It seems my slicing cukes are tripling in size over night.  Won't be long before I can pick and serve a crunchy cucumber salad.

And my first sunflowers are opening.  I do love sunflowers and planted three different varieties this year, all of them "shorties" which shouldn't grow more than four feet tall.  I love the flowers but really dislike having to use a chainsaw (slight exaggeration) to get rid of the six, seven or eight foot tall stalks at the end of the season!


Goatldi said...

Mama Pea are you embellishing on the Sunflowers 🌻 ? 😂

Glad you are having some fun with the garden. Anxious to see the corn mature. Another victory in your gardening hat!

Thanks for all the news from your homestead!

Tigger said...

I'm amazed at how fast your garden comes on once it gets to height of season. With less exreme difference between Winter and Summer in southern England our production was more spread out and there was no great 'flourishing' like yours.

Michelle said...

It all looks lovely – and delicious!

Rosalea said...

Beautiful, Mama Pea! Those cucs! and one can just see the fresh, juicy "crunch" in that cabbage. This is my first year for kohlrabi, and mine are just a little bigger than golf ball sized now. Looking forward to sampling them! That is one healthy looking horseradish. I'll be interested to hear how it goes when you harvest it and make your sauce. Lovely pics, all. Thank you!

SmartAlex said...

Everything still looks good. Its always so satisfying when the production starts and all the work begins to make sense. Cool that you planted horseradish. There was some here when I arrived and I've relocated and cultivated it so I have three huge clumps now. We don't use much if it but I still enjoy having it available and the plant is quite a presence in the garden. People always ask "what is that BIG plant?"

Leigh said...

I'm not sure why, but the color of your font is so light it's hard to read. Something with my computer maybe???

Your garden photos are gorgeous! I know you've had your garden challenges this year, so it's exciting to see how good everything looks.

Mama Pea said...

Goatldi - Am I embellishing on the sunflowers? Huh??

Tigger - Yes, that's the way our gardens in our particular locale grow. Nothing, nothing, nothing and then boom! Everything takes off like mad. Just goes to show we all have the challenge of learning to garden in our own areas!

Michelle - As does your garden! Thanks for the tour in your last post.

Rosalea - Please let me know how you like your kohlrabi. Since it matures after our radishes are long gone, we like to slice it up into our tossed salads for added crunch and crispness. A little bit of zing, too!

SmartAlex - I'm surprised how big ours is growing to be, too. You look at pictures in the seed catalogs but until you see a veggie growing in your garden you never really know what it will "look" like.

Leigh - Thanks! Good thing I don't mind watering. It provides a peaceful time for me at the end of the day when I can take a close look at everything and determine how it's growing, what it needs, etc. I know fonts look different on most monitors/computers but I'll go into my post right now and see if I can make it any better. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Everything just looks wonderful!! Brave you, growing cabbage. The ick factor of cabbage moth caterpillars is just too high for me. Your sunflowers are so cheerful. -Jenn

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Looks good! I'm just starting to get some pickling cucumbers which is nice, hoping for some slicing ones soon. I absolutely love lemon cucumbers but they're always one of the later things to harvest for some reason. Still dealing with Uber Uber hot heat here. Smoke that quite so bad but that were again fire is just really really huge. I'm ready for a fall rain storm!

wyomingheart said...

Ok, I never saw asparagus grow crazy like that! What do you do to it now? Is it the heat that makes it so hairy? Anxious for that corn!

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Lady Locust said...

Wow! You have (or soon will have) such a bounty. It all looks delicious!

Mama Pea said...

Jenn - I think that's why I've given up (well, temporarily at least) growing broccoli. I don't have trouble with worms in my cabbage but I sure do in the broccoli!

Nancy - Oh, I love lemon cukes, too, but you're right in that they take so much longer to mature than the slicing cukes. By the time they are ripe, we're full of cucumbers!

wyomingheart - Asparagus naturally forms those big ferns once the spears get small (indicating you should stop harvesting). Some people cut them off in the fall when they fall over and turn brown but I believe they help insulate the roots over winter so I wait until spring to clean up the patch.

Lady Locust - Thanks, but we've still got a ways to go to harvest for most veggies. It sure is exciting to look forward to though.