The garden is in full bloom. This has been a very wet year for us. Many years we have to water the garden in order to have a good harvest, but that is not the problem this year. The problem this year is that we have so much rain, that it's hard to get into the garden and keep up with the weeds. A few times Richard as mentioned that we need some kids to help him...I remind him that we are not Amish!
It's a lot of work keeping the weeds under control when there is this much rain and heat. It has, however, been ideal growing conditions and we are already eating from the garden. Our 'knee high by the 4th of July' corn is already 5 ft. tall, and last night, after weeding the green beans, Richard brought in the first delicate, sweet green bean!! I was so excited!!!
We've been eating lettuce, radishes, spinach, asparagus, pea pods, beet greens, rhubarb and onions. The potato plants are huge and full of not only blossoms but potato bugs! Richard picks them off almost daily. He plans on spraying them with peppermint shampoo. The bugs don't like it and it's not a pesticide! I think we should have some little new potatoes to enjoy for the 4th of July!!
Like I said, the green beans are coming on. We have cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers;both sweet and hot, corn and beets. I've frozen about 12 jars of spinach pesto and also 15 quarts of pea pods. We'll use them through the winter months. The lettuce is now too mature to use so we need to replant. I also want to plant another batch of arugala.
No need to ask us "what's new?"...it's all about gardening here on our little farm. Recently, Richard was dreaming of winning the lottery. He said he would buy some farm equipment and plow the whole acre which is now 1/4 garden, and make that his full time work. It's a lot of hard work, but he really enjoys doing it. He's a very good gardener!! The picture at the top is what he wears when he's gardening.