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in the garden








We had really hot weather two weeks ago and we went away for the weekend, coming back to a garden loaded with things to harvest.  This past week has been cooler, but everything is still producing.

  • The green beans are nearly done (second planting is coming along). Lots of bean leaf beetles  on them.
  • Blackraspberries are done (such a short season).
  • The blueberries are still producing strong.
  • I am harvesting cucumbers everyday, but have yet to can pickles.  I love having them in the winter, but we do eat a lot of fresh cucumbers – in salads, mainly.  I have not had quite enough to pickle – maybe next week.
  • The first tomatoes were harvested (and eaten quickly).  No more have ripened since, and I’m thinking its because of the cooler weather this week.
  • The winter squash and watermelons are taking over the garden.  I’ve seen on ripe butternut already, which seems way to early, but probably not.
  • The potatoes are delicious.  I’ve harvested some of three varieties  One variety of red potato has lots of scab and so is not very pretty.  The fingerlings have been wonderful – as have the Kennebecks (my favorite, I think).
  • We are also harvesting mulberries, but only a few at a time – which either get eaten all up, or go in the freezer with blueberries or black raspberries.  The kids love to eat them (and climb the tree to harvest them).  They will keep going for a while.
  • The first zinnias have been picked (dalias, too).  The yarrow and alliums and dill are so pretty together.

I’ve definitely got some weeds (mostly grass weeds, which I hate most).  And, my 2nd beet planting failed.  I think I will try again in August when I do the fall planting.  I would love to have some more beets, since I think I only harvested 3 or 4.

What’s going on in your garden?

in the garden

I’ve been picking lettuce and spinach for a few weeks now and it is just perfect to have those fresh greens nearly everyday for supper.  One day this week, William came down to the garden with me and said, “that lettuce looks about ready to pick.”  He did not realize that we’d been eating it for a few weeks already, thinking that I was getting the greens from his sister’s farm down the road.  He was very impressed.  I love lettuces and greens and just put in another sowing.  Actually, Hythe put in this last sowing, insisting that he needed to plant something and coming down to the garden with two packs of seeds – one of cilantro and one of lettuce.  So, I let him plant them.


The potatoes are coming up!  All but one varieties which is a little late.  I also planted tomatoes and will put in the peppers this week, I think.  It is getting warm enough and looks like it will stay warm enough.  Tomato varieties planted: Sungold Cherry, another cherry I can’t remember because but I got at Flying Cloud Farm, Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, a pink tomato, and Paul Robeson.


The fava beans are blooming and the peas are climbing.  The walking onions are starting to make their sets.  I love the funky shapes and lines they make when they are doing this.  It is beautiful.



And, some of my favorite flowers are blooming: the yellow iris in our wetland spring area and the Babtisia (‘Carolina Moon’).


yellow iris