Harvested more giant red mustard, weight 4½ pounds. Gave some to my sister. Cleaned and blanched the remainder. Packaged and froze for future use. The mustard is very happy in that section of the garden so am allowing one plant to flower and go to seed. I will let the seeds ripen and fall to the ground where they will germinate and I will have a fall crop. True, I should not repeat the same crop in the same location, but nothing else will grow there and the mustard like the spot so why not give it a try?
First harvest of gai lan (Chinese broccoli), weight ½ pound. Not as fat as the store bought ones, is it the weather or the variety? Will have an idea when I sow my fall crop. Actually I should have waited a few more days to harvest as the flowers are just beginning to form. The leaves, stems (root end may need peeling) and flowers are all used. Combined them with garlic scapes (read about grlic scape on Friday, 6/8) and asparagus (from my son-in-law’s garden) to make a very simple (just a bit of oil and salt) vegetable stir-fry, very tasty indeed.
Ginger roots started the week of April 16 are finally showing sign of life, transplanted them into the garden and they seem happy. The one in the container is still the same size, hope something is happening underground.
Got a few more strawberries, again picking before completely red. Not only am I battling the birds but also the slugs and other insects. I am having a bad critters’ year. Wondering if sprinkling table salt on the beds will help????? But I will need a lot of salt and will the salt change the pH and/or the chemical composition of the soil. Should look into that.
Transplanted tomatoes, sweet potatoes and summer squash. Direct sowed soy beans, carrots and radish (finally). Garden is coming along nicely.
People-loving-flying insects are out in full force, got to bring out the listerine. Yes, you read correctly, LISTERINE. Works as an insect repellent for me, but it has to be the original (yellow) product. I fill a small spray bottle, right photo, and bring it with me to the garden. The drawback is I need to spray every couple of hours depending on how much I am sweating.
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