Yes….the garden is growing! In spite of very inconsistent spurts of summer! The almanacs show that on July 12, typically the driest day of the year (.001 inch of rain in the records) we received about 0.7 inches overnight, setting a record. Didn’t need to water for a few days!
Tomato jackets came off July 3rd….and they are now doing wonderfully; many blossoms and a few small fruit on one plant. A plethora of beets, spinach, and lettuce have been pulled, and the inconsistent warmth we have seen has allowed a prolonged lettuce season.
A most inconsistent corn stand emerged, and there was no way that the corn was knee-high on the 4th of July; but now there are some plants that are waist-high, while others are shin-high. Crows picked off some squash seedlings, so had to replant at a late date, and slugs knocked off a couple of melons. So, we feel behind in some aspects, and yet catching up very quickly during this last week. An overnight rain just left us 0.5 inches of rain, when we normally see none at this time of year; everything is different!
June harvest tally:
- Beet shoots: 3.25 pounds
- Kale: 9
- Lettuce: 14.25
- Swiss chard: 4.75
Total: 30 pounds
And on we go….with gratitude to all Beings involved!