This past week has been a very wet and cool week. The heat loving plants (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, Chinese long beans, etc.) in my garden are at a standstill. Lost 30% of my okras plants and may lose a few more.
The slugs, however, are growing by leaps and bounds. There was a huge one sitting on the leaf of my one of my broccoli plants, but when I returned to the garden with my camera and ruler, it had slithered away and I only got photo of this smaller one. Yep, this (right photo) is a smaller one.
The kale, collard, beets and other greens love the cool weather and are doing well.
Collard (left) & kale (center and right)
Thinned out the beets and lacinato kale. The beets really took off this past week, the photo below are just thinnings. Going to stir-fry the beet greens with garlic scape in a bit of oil, salt and pepper to taste. May boil the tiny beets and add them to my salad. Not sure what I am going to do with the kale. Soup would be good, or perhaps freeze for future use.
Kale & beets
Also harvested lettuce, collard, more red rib dandelions, garlic scapes and red giant mustard. The collard, red rib dandelions, garlic scapes and mustard did not make it into the photo.
Because I planted a few varieties of garlic, the scapes are coming in at different time thus extending the harvesting and enjoyment of this special treat.
I am looking forward to a bountiful fig harvest. There is a fig at the base of nearly every fig leaf on the tree.
Asian pear is doing well so far. The challenge is getting to the ripe fruits before critters discover them. Many of you may recall, I lost just about all of my pear to critters last year (click here for the heart breaking post and photos).
Kousa dogwood & yarrow
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