State of the Gardens
eedy and slow growing! That best describes the state of the gardens here. Thank heavens for the greenhouse, we have been eating tomatoes and peppers for a couple of weeks. The biggest challenge this year has been the weeding, delayed due to the constant rain in June and into July and then haying time, the weeds had a heyday for sure. We’ve finally got a modicum of control weed-wise, only to start planning for August sown cover crops. Where did summer go?
All in all the greenhouse has been the garden this year so far. Carrots, beets, kohlrabi, salad turnips, cucumbers, summer squash, sweet onions, lettuce, kale, Asian greens, cabbage, and herbs have been on the harvest menu. Soon the tomatoes and peppers will need some immediate harvesting attention too. We’ve reached 96°F today and that will certainly bring on the solanums!
The outside gardens are a mixed bag of goodness and disappointment. Certified potato seed has proven not to be as hardy as our homegrown potato seed. I have low hopes for a good harvest of spuds. Other root crops like carrots, parsnips and mangels are doing well. The winter squash is going gang busters and liking this latest burst of heat. The corn is iffy too, but it’s not like we eat much corn, if it does well, great. If not, it’s not a big deal.
Cabbage, celeriac, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and romanesco look like they always do. Easy crops to grow in the Pacific Northwest.
The third succession of beets, and carrots are coming along too.
And the fourth and final planting of carrots and beets has germinated and look to be able to mature before the days get too short.
How is your garden/harvesting going this year?