Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The veg patch
Potatoes - doing really well. No more dirt to hill up a second time. Tops yellowing now. Neighbors say I can start digging any time. Don´t know where they´ll cure.
Onions - also doing well. Using as spring onions in salads.
Strawberries - flowering and fruiting and being eaten by critters while still white
Spinach - bolted and yanked.
Lettuce - now cutting for salad. Planted more, ruffled and red, but the red keeps disappearing - eaten?
Carrots - Thinned once. Uneven germination.
Broccoli/cauliflower/cabbage/brussels sprouts - barely survived nibbled on by varmints (rabbits). Planted more brussels sprouts.
Parsnips - missing in action, as predicted. Redug and planted leeks.
Peas - don´t really want to climb, but producing peas. Picked a couple of pods but the peas were still quite small.
Tomatoes - Growing and flowering. Making a hash of a florida weave.
Peppers - Growing and flowering. Harvested one pepper - Orense, I think.
Green Beans - growing and flowering.
Zucchini/courgette -growing and flowering. How I ended up with 4, I don´t know.
Squash/pumpkin - 2 hills with 3 plants in each.
Basil, parsley, dill, marigolds, nasturtiums, borage - borage kind of a no show, nasturtiums in one bed, marigolds uneven, green basil sprouted, purple not so much. No sign of parsley or dill.
Garlic - harvested. It may have been early, but the bed they were in was always wet and I was worried they´d rot. Half the leaves were dry and yellow, so I pulled them and they´re curing in the water heater closet. Seemed like I planted a lot more cloves than I got heads, but for a first time not bad.
Misc (tomato, herb, flower) started seeds - Disasterous - they sat with exactly the same first two leaves they had for over a month. Some slug came along overnight and nipped the leaves off some. Abandoned in disgust and bought starts.
So far 6 small trash bags of assorted crap cleaned from the beds. Many, many, many rocks removed. Lots still remain.
Should probably be starting fall stuff - rutabagas, etc. Am told that grelos (beet greens) to in after the potatoes. Should I try starting seeds? Too fed up with gardening to think about it.