This week we seem to have turned the corner on the weeds. There have been places within the garden I've dreaded looking at, and this week I got most of them under control. There are by no means no weeds in our garden (everyone loves a double negative), but now there are definitely more intentional plants of reasonable size.
I picked many peas and shucked and ate them (they're tasting better). That's the problem with peas; it just takes so much effort to get to them and they are so brief in their season. I had dreams of freezing peas this year and having them in salads all year. I'll likely have the same dream next year, but the reality is (when the peas are in front of me) I can't imagine ever having more than I could eat by the handful before they went bad. The plants should have had some support but never got it and so they sprawl on the ground. I think it's not a terribly good year for them, but it's hard to tell when you can't really see them. Plus, once it actually got warm, they were surrounded by a thicket of weeds, which blocked the sprinkler from reaching them.
We made our return to the market this week with basil, cilantro, garlic, scapes, zucchini, and dried peppers. People were apparently eager to buy, as I was out of the herbs, scapes, and zucs by 10:30. The garlic and dried peppers held out til noon, but only 3 small heads of garlic were left. Figuring out how much to bring is always a challenge and we did poorly. No one's bought any cilantro from us so far this season, and yesterday folks couldn't get enough. Teri says it's because it's a warm weather food and so now people are thinking about it.
That inspired me to plant more cilantro, as well as some radishes and carrots. We dug out the hose timer to see if we can keep the carrots wet enough to germinate. Shawn is dubious and I am hopeful.
Teri and her sister visited the garden and reported an unreasonable number of potato bug larvae. I'd been hiding my eyes, but I think I'll head back down there to do some pulling. They say I will definitely want a soapy water bucket; too many to squish on the ground. Sigh.
Sungolds are starting to turn! Now is the long-term argument with myself on when to eat the first one. I don't think I've ever eaten one too soon, but I'm always afraid I'll get it before it's really ripe and be disappointed.
We have achieved knee-highness.
These potatoes are looking pretty good. Most of the bugs are on the batch perpendicular and behind these.
The beans are starting to climb. We ended up with about 50 plants. I probably planted at least 150 beans.
Pollinator lured in by the penstemon we planted for them. Hopefully they visit the vegetables while they're here.