There is a LOT of work to do in the garden! I was away for just under a week, and when I came back the garden looked VERY different. My mother in law looked after the basics while I was gone. Thanks Martha!
We finally had some sun and some of the plants just took off. The cilantro went nuts. I see pesto in our future! I had to thin the carrots already as they were crowding and about 4 inches tall. I also harvested my first spinach – in fact first harvest of this garden. Rather than just choose a few leaves I pulled a bunch of plants as the spinach was out of control, huge and crowded. I thinned it down a little, but my other patch will also need to be looked at this weekend. I’m planning on freezing a bunch for saag and pies and lasagnas. I really need a chest freezer!
I made a delicious salad with the scraps left after being away all week – grated carrot, chopped mango, tomato and cucumber with the spinach. I made a dressing out of the end of a homemade jar of rosemary-apple jelly, some bragg’s, olive oil, lemon juice and pepper. It was YUMMY!
The rest of the garden was either doing great or awful. My tomato seedlings didn’t get enough water and I think it was the last straw for them. The ones that were in the coldframe got scorched when it got sunny and the glass was left on. I think I’m probably looking at 6-8 good plants out of 80 seedlings. I need to learn more about all the different things I did wrong with seedlings this year. My cucumber and watermelon seeds are doing great so far though. Keep them in your thoughts HA!
The polycultural bed is triumphant, and delicious looking. I’m thinking a baby kale and butterleaf lettuce salad is in my near future.
The dill and parsnips finally sprouted, I’m so glad! I want the dill for my pickles, and salads. The pole and bush beans I planted a couple of weeks ago are happy too, these are for pickling and of course fresh. My runner beans still aren’t very happy, and I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve never had so much trouble with them before! Their leaves are yellowish and they’re growing slowly. The weather has been horrific, but that doesn’t explain the yellowed leaves, I don’t think…
Something did the savoy cabbages in. They were suffering from waiting too long to transplant, and then I gave them some worm juice and they brightened up and seemed fine. I got back to dead yellow strings that once were beautiful plants. No idea how they could have died so completely, so quickly. My danish ballhead on the otherhand just won’t stop growing, and I have WAY too much. Still looking to give some away before they get too big…
Otherwise things are moving along nicely. I think I’ll be harvesting some rhubarb soon too and probably freezing or pickling it. I had some DELICIOUS thinly sliced pickled rhubarb yesterday at a food cart, and it blew my mind. Such a great palate cleanser. Or maybe I’ll save it for the jam. My impromptu strawberry patch is shaping up nicely…
So as I said there’s a LOT to do in the garden this weekend. In random order, for those that care:
build: trellis/net for peas and beans, & twine teepee for hops, final south bed
seed: cantaloupe & pumpkins
transplants: some toms, broccoli (yes there are more), mesclun, onion, leeks (ditto), raspberries and hops
pot up: toms, basil
thin: beets, carrots, spinach
harvest: spinach, rhubarb