Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The July Garden
I wish this was going to be more positive, but lately I´m a little frustrated.
The weather this year has been challenging, to say the least. A looooooong wet spring, followed by an alternating cool wet/hot dry summer has played havoc with anything planted.
So far, lettuce, peas, onions, peppers, french beans, courgettes/zucchinni are all being eaten as well as parsley, cilantro and basil. Carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos, and broad beans are on the way.
Unfortunately, once again the tomatoes and potatoes came down with late blight and I filled two large trash bags of affected foliage yesterday for disposal.
The spring onions went directly to flowering, which means they won´t store. Never had that happen before, but they´re tough and useless in salads.
Frankly, I´m reconsidering the potatoes and peas for next year. The peas never seem to climb or produce well, this year they´ve got mildew, and they´re cheap, frozen in the store. I always plant potatoes mostly just to get started in the spring, but again, Galicia is a big potato producer so I can get good, if basic white/yellow varieties, reasonably priced potatoes in the shops. I had some small red fingerlings saved for planting, but they rotted before the weather improved. I don´t know what to do about the tomatoes. Probably I overcroweded them since I was so thrilled that they actually germinated and grew. I reluctantly used the last of the copper spray, late and obviously not effective, but that will get washed off soon in the odd summer weather we´re having. I guess blight is just omnipresent in the environment round these parts.
August offers more family visits/dramas, lots more effing housecleaning (OMG the spiders!) and less work done. And for various reasons, my plans for the flower business are being delayed by at least 6 months, so there will be no poly tunnel or irrigation system this year. I´ll have to put my efforts into market research and play around with natural dyes and dry flowers I think. I´ve got trays of biennials germinating (hopefully) so need to get started on a couple of beds for them.
And now, really all I want to do is sit in the shade on the patio and drink. Which won´t accomplish anything, but there it is.
Hope all your summers are idyllic and filled with bbqs and beaches!