Holy Crap, The Garden Is Finally Producing Food To Eat
It’s been a while since I wrote about the garden, and I have some tasty photos, so here we go. Whee!
Every day I check all our plants in the greenhouse and the garden for things (food!) that might be ready to eat. We have had such a long-delayed summer (seriously, no temperatures above 90°F until last week, and no regular 80°F until recently either) that things just have been sitting there, not growing.
For a tiny stretch certain things (cukes) were growing better in the greenhouse than out in the garden. Now things have changed. The cukes have taken over the garden, and the pumpkin is about to take over the kids’ playhouse. No, just kidding, although it will probably try to go through the fence and in general take over a square mile or so. We have baby pumpkins. So exciting.
We also have a few hundred tomatoes just sitting green on the plants, waiting for the conditions to be right to ripen. We get a few a week. I’m hoping for (but not counting on) some consistently warm weather for at least a month. Come on, Indian Summer! We could really use you. Short growing season as it is, high elevation (~1200ft), and the longest spring eeeever (yes, lasted until July 31).
Food we have been harvesting for the past few weeks, a little at a time: kale, lemon cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, tiny orange hot peppers, shelling peas, potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, thinned beets and carrots, chives, blueberries, raspberries, thyme, lavender, chamomile.
Food we have just started to harvest: cabbage, pickling cucumbers, purple cauliflower
Food we are awaiting: non-pickling non-lemon (Early Russian) cukes, leeks, pumpkins, delicata squash, some other winter squash, 6 kinds of beans, sunflowers, more potatoes, a butt-load of tomatoes, celery, eggplant, melons, onions, carrots, beets, kiwi (next year), asparagus (in two years)
I’m probably forgetting something. We are starting to plan our winter garden, which will definitely include broccoli and kale in the garden, and probably some greens in the greenhouse. I thought it might be interesting to show what I harvested the last two days.
1 yellow cherry tomato
3 lemon cucumbers
3 pea pods
12 lemon cucumbers
1 yellow cherry tomato
1 lb kale
15 lemon cucumbers
1 pickling cucumber
2 heads of purple cauliflower
1 broccoli head
2 lbs kale
It’s amazingly satisfying to finally be seeing food come in after all the work we’ve been putting into the garden: the 2+ hours of watering by hand (yes we are putting irrigation systems for next year) a day, the weeding, the mulching, the fertilizing, the transplanting, the cursing at the weather. We have built 9 new raised beds and plan 3 more before the season’s out. The garden looks put-together, and knowing the infrastructure is all in place for next spring’s planting just helps. It makes it easier. The fence and gates have kept the pigs and cows out of the garden since we put them up, and the chickens mostly leave it alone. The dog knows better.
Come on, hot weather. Come on, Summer! Stay with us for just a bit longer.
Question: Did you have a garden this year, and if so what? Did you notice any difference in what you were able to grow because of the weather?