We've been having to water the garden with either the sprinkler or hand- held hose a couple/few times a week. So the 1/2" of rain we got last night was very welcome.
Some of the vegetables are starting to mature while some cause me to wonder if they will make it.
I planted two varieties of garlic last fall. Most of the bed was taken up with Chesnok Red and a small portion was given to Northern White. I dug and tied up to cure all the Northern White this past week which matured quite a bit faster than the Chesnok Red that is still a ways from being ready.
Papa Pea mowed the grass yesterday and with the bag on the mower, collected the cuttings to use as mulch and a bit of natural fertilizer for the bare areas of the garden I didn't get planted this year. (You can see how brown the grass is that was taken from an area that gets baked in the sun all day.)
My pickling cucumbers are finally showing some growth. I need to make both Bread & Butter pickles and dills this year. For the dill pickles I need . . . well, dill.
I think I mentioned I had to plant the dill seeds three or four times to get anything to germinate. They are finally growing but the plants are still only about 3" high. I think I need to regularly give pep talks to the little guys to try to encourage them to grow big enough to use when the pickling cukes are ready.
Something is dining well on both my yellow and green beans. I've never had this happen before and am hoping the plants will remain strong enough to give us the beans we need. We've been dusting with DE in the mornings while the dew is still present.
The green pepper plants are tall and healthy producing lots of peppers in various stages. We haven't even had an especially hot summer (lots of nights down into the 50s) yet they look as good as they ever have. Makes me wonder why I've always gone to the trouble in the past of putting them under protection to hold in the heat.
Peas will have to be picked again tomorrow. (They're still soak-y wet from last night's rain.) We've taken two harvests from the vines thus far and by the looks of them today, tomorrow will give us more than from the previous two pickings. Love those fresh frozen garden peas!
I have a dehydrator full of parsley, sage and rosemary as we speak. (All on separate trays, of course.) Do any of you grow and dry your own herbs?