Being gone for a week was good for our psyches, and the garden grew so much in that week! The euphoria lasted a while, but then we went from being pleased to have a few peppers and eggplant to take to market to puzzled at why it's still taking so long.
We did finish the garlic harvest--about 7000 head. Teri of course slaved away as we vacationed. It looks really good on the whole. A couple of varieties were in the ground too long, but I guess that just means more garlic powder. I'm working on a post with breakdowns by variety and descriptions of each variety. Hopefully it won't take as long as the tomato census which I started months ago but never finished.
The beans started blooming and I harvested the first cucumber. The corn is tasseled out--the earliest varieties are those which had the worst germination rates. But I think there will be enough for us and friends. Hopefully some will come to market.
People are getting impatient for tomatoes, and I can't blame them. Even the cherry varieties just aren't doing much. We're having some problems with cracking since we got a crazy thunderstorm week before last. I grabbed those off and made our first batch of salsa. I'm ready for more! Plus I need to do a lot of canning this year as I mostly canned sauce last year.
We're trying to get motivated to put in a late fall garden--spinach, lettuce, more beets, etc. I had a bunch of non-garden things to do this evening, so hopefully I can motivate tomorrow night.
I harvested two of our peach varieties that are ridiculously early--they've never produced anything before, so apparently this is the weather they've been waiting for. They're ready at the same time as the apricots--strange. Lots are bug-nibbled, but they do taste good. I'm trying to decide whether we can eat them all or if I should can some.
|Good gravy, I figured out captions!!!!! This is what happens when you abandon your zucchini--baseball bats.|
|Empty place where the garlic used to be.|
|Carmen (sweet pepper we're growing for the first time) approaching ripeness.|
|Itty bitty artichoke.|
|One of my favorites.|
|Apricots--yes, they are about the same size as the peaches.|
|Had to add panels to the garlic shed. Note Teri at right of frame.|
|Garlic art, by guest photographer Ralf Meyer.|
|A fine sunflower in amongst the tomatoes.|
|Overviews, by guest photographer Teri--that's Catherine in the red shirt.|
|For Teri, who despairs that there aren't pictures of us on the blog.|