Of course, they’re wrong again…..rain showers are here today & in the morning, but nothing like it’s been. With everything finally settling into it’s place in the garden, a few showers will be just what some seeds want. Ah. Finally.
The pics aren’t the best, but when I look back at this next year, I’ll have some frame of reference……. In large part, something’s trying to set roots everywhere in the vegetable garden:
**Everywhere a tomato cage is now, here was a water jacket last week. There are only a few left to coax some warmth for the hot peppers and smaller ‘maters.
The Russian Stupice tomatoes have fared well, and are now on their own surrounded by the cages waiting for big growth. …..not all are pictured here:
This shows some of the pepper plant jackets, poor immigrant peppers still complaining about the cold….beyond them, lettuce, cilantro, green onion seeds set, lettuce starts, parsley, basil, and further out, peas, & finally carrot seeds in the last row, a row also growing herbs like: french fennel, oregano, thyme, sage, & a bit-o-mint:
OUR earlier lettuce starts survived the rain w/some help, and by the time visiting Mid-westerners arrive in a week, we’ll have a salad buffet:
We finally decided to buy tomatillo starts….for the first time in 10 years, perhaps the volunteer seedlings from last year rotted? These will guarantee our continued production of our best canning effort, the Tomatllo Salsa:
THEN…….AS I put these in the ground, I DID find some tiny Tomatillo sprouts…they are simply 3 weeks late (I wonder why!):
***These little babies were carefully lifted from their sprout spot to one the boss prefers…..so now, it appears, we’ll have some tomatillos ripening in late September! Cool.
We rotate the corn every year or two, and this year, it was it’s turn on the west side…….
**SEE the NEW problem there? SHADE! IT was only 5:00 pm, and our days now go into after 8:30 before sunset. The maple behind this garden has finally exceeded its welcome height:
THAT TREE is coming down, and in fact, that’s where I SHOULD be right now……. so the Chain saw is coming out….I’ll fell the tree, strip it, split it, and we’ll have a start on 2011’s wood supply. *(There are already young fir trees growing near its base. We knew this day would come.)
The shade on the corn is unacceptable…..corn will NOT ripen without warm sun to process those lovely sugars:
**The UP side here is that the volunteer Finnish fingerling Potatoes are up grandly, and will be ready for harvest in about 3-4 weeks. Delicious………
I loved seeing another sign of recovery from the slog-o-rain. The rhubarb leaves/stems were soft, yellowish, but I saw lovely rich green leaves appearing:
There’s also a row dedicated to the silliness of squash, a cuke, and one near the edge one long island cheese squash (For Pumpkin Pie this fall):
And lastly, MAC sits where the carrot seeds were placed saturday wondering why they’re not up:
Sunflower SEEDS (those gorgeous Teddy Bear varieties) are set again…..this time protected inside from those pesky squirrels…….how do they FIND them!!!! Hopefully, they’ll look like this in 3 months:
NOW……………. patience must be learned, and watering duties will begin soon.
AND, as I close, knowing I’d BETTER get to work on that Maple tree, ONE luscious Iris is blooming near the road. I don’t know what variety it is:
I hope SUMMER sticks around……………… I’m getting hungry for fresh food.