What a week it was! HOT, HAZY & HUMID for a whole week and no rain. The rain that was supposed to fall on Saturday never made it to my gardens. Watered every day, but everything was thirsty again shortly after the water was turned off. It was much cooler yesterday (Sunday), thank goodness, but still no rain.
In the garden around 6:00 a.m. weeding, harvesting and eating berries. Call it quits after a couple of hours, just too hot. Still lots to get done. Cooler weather is here to stay a while so this should be a productive week.
Dug in all the garlic. They are curing in the shed. Shared some with friends.
Grew 4 variety of garlic: music, German white, soft neck and a no-name hard neck (given to me by my Ukranian neighbor decades ago). Unfortunately, while harvesting, the tags did not get put with the correct variety so now they are all “no-name”. I will still grow the 4 varieties separately because the garlic scapes for the different varieties are ready for use at different time, thus extending my spring treat.
Cucumber, Dried Sugar Snap Peas & Snow Peas
Harvested my first cucumber. Could have, should have, waited a couple more days before harvesting, but I was anxious to taste my first home grown cuke, had to pick. It was sweet and crunchy.
Also picked the browned sugar snap peas and snow peas. Was going to save these seeds for next year’s planting, but am going to, instead, plant them in window boxes for harvesting pea shoots. My spring pea shoots experiment failed. Hoping a fall planting experiment will give me better results.
While weeding, a few blue potatoes and fingerling potatoes came to the surface. Gathered them and made a simple boiled potatoes. The taste of freshly harvested potatoes, divine.
Blue Potatoes & Fingerling Potatoes
Hired one of my neighbor’s kid (home from college for the summer) to help me with some of the garden chores. While working and talking, I learned he is into healthy eating, does his own cooking and have not met a veggie he does not like. Got to admire and encourage a kid who is taking good care of himself. Been giving him veggies from my garden.
Below are samples of some of the produce (3 grocery bags) I gave him on Friday:
Carrots, kale (2 kinds), dill, beet greens & garlic (collard did not make it into the photo)
Swiss chard, Chinese chives, Chinese celery & fingerling potato
Herbs – chives, basil, sage, oregano & thyme
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