Dear Gentle Reader,
Sorry that I have not been posting lately. This past week, we have been busy with house guests. It was nice to have them, but I haven’t had time to blog. This coming weekend, we will be away at a family reunion, and I have to spend most of my free time working, to make up for lost work hours. So, not too much blogging again.
But, I did have time to check my garden. And Finally, I was able to harvest something. 🙂 Here are the total:
Yellow Zucchini: two squashes totalling 0.80 lbs. A lot more are coming on, so soon there will be a glut. My neighbor dropped off two jalapenos, reminding me that I will be able to pawn zucchini off on them. Also, I discovered that he has a crabapple tree in his back yard, and I have been welcomed to pick them when ever I want. Better go over tonight, and put them in the fridge. Our neighbor says that they are very ripe right now, and won’t be good for much longer.
Carrot: one tinny 1/8 oz carrot
Purple Italian Hardneck Garlic: 0.42 lbs These had tiny cloves, and the papery covering was pretty much gone. Some of the cloves were starting to grow. I think I waited too long to harvest, though I did wait until the tops had dried up. Also, I cut off the scapes, but the cloves were really small anyway. I need to read up about growing garlic with large cloves.
Pink Music Hardneck Garlic: 0.30 lbs Same as above.
Leeks: 1.20 lbs These were not what I expected. I think I should have probably cut off the scapes. Oh well. Almost all of the leeks were making one or two cloves on their sides. In some cases, the cloves were starting to grow. I had picked these up last year (at the nursery), as a single pot of generic leeks. I think I need to start next year’s leeks from seed, so that I know what I am getting. But, for now, I can plant my zinnias and have some summer blooms.
It wasn’t much of a harvest, so far, but I learned a lot.
The corn is growing really well. Most of the plants have started growing a second ear. Interestingly, the local gold finches love the corn. There are usually several in the corn. Maybe they like the bugs. I don’t mind. They are so beautiful. We have lots of goldfinches, since I have a thistle feeder across the yard from the corn.
There are a couple of baby pumpkins on the vine. I haven’t seen any Hubbards forming yet, but that should be soon. The Mexican Sour Gherkins are growing like gangbusters, but I still haven’t seen any H-19 cukes yet (only male flowers).
I need to harvest the potatoes, either tonight or tomorrow night.
The cherry tomatoes are growing all over the garden (had to tie them up) and are just starting to ripen. The Al Kuffa tomatoes are doing really well. They are short, sturdy plants that haven’t been blown over. And each plant has several clusters of slicing tomatoes. I think they will take a week or so to start ripening up.
That’s all for now. Hope that your garden is growing well.