After a slow unfurling, the garden is producing.
The new berries have popped out some berries including marionberries and several varieties of raspberries. We now have 2 berry patches. I can already see how those areas are going to explode into a berry jungle of the coming years. So, this fall I’ll check the canes out and do whatever we’ll need to continue easy access to the patches and picking. We will also plant more berries. We are gradually moving toward more perennial fruits and vegetables as they are more sustainable to keep up. We’ll continue with annuals as well, but more and more I am appreciating the ease of my perennial herbs, berries and fruits.
The patio we installed last year is mostly too small to hang out. Actually, that isn’t true. I just haven’t put anything to sit in on the patio. Mostly it serves as a place to wander in and be enveloped by tall aspen trees and nearly-tall-as-I-am daisies. Standing in the middle of the patio is incredibly peaceful.
I’ve harvested some pickling cucumbers and either quick pickled or fermented them. The other day though I read a post from Tigress about fridge fermented cucumbers. Which I’ll totally be doing with all the rest as they ripen because it sounds like the easiest method I’ve come across.
We are getting some tomatoes. Green tomatoes, but still, tomatoes.
Do you prune your tomatoes? I’m an obsessive tomato-pruner. Especially this time of the year. In my experience, if they haven’t set fruit by now in the Pacific Northwest then it is pretty much pointless to hope they will both set fruit AND ripen it. Consequently, around this time I do another heavy prune. I believe it reduces disease, allows good air flow and gives better access to sunlight. This plan may not work for everyone, but works well for me.
Is it just me or does cabbage make you think of Beatrix Potter? Because of the Babylady, we have been reading the complete tales of Peter Rabbit. Mostly written in the early 1900′s, they are often hysterical. Or just not things typically found in children’s books any more. “…don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.” Wow. Put in a pie. Intense.
“It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’” Soporific? Now that is a word I haven’t found in any of the Babylady’s other bazillion books. Or mine actually.
Or how about Mrs. Rabbit? She “sold herbs, and rosemary tea, and rabbit-tobacco (which is what we call lavender).” Tobacco? In a kid’s book? You’d be hard pressed to find mention of anything smokeable in a current kids book. Lavender or otherwise.
I’m amused by it all.
The beans are up to the top of the ladder trellis. Though the beans are coming in, none have made it in the house yet.
Ok, another sunflower. I can’t help it.
We have started picking our first summer squash. No glut here, but maybe, just maybe, we’ll have the perfect amount!
The apples are blushing. I really love the columnar apples and plan to get more next year. They are productive, delicious, seemingly disease resistant and fit into tight spaces.
August is also garlic harvesting time. I picked all of ours last week. You should loosen the soil around each bulb well, gently rock it back and forth and then carefully dig out. Don’t just yank it. Don’t use your hori-hori right next to the bulb. I know this and yet it doesn’t stop me. I always get impatient digging up my garlic and lose a few heads to pulling off the stems or stabbing with a digging implement. You can still use the bulbs then but they won’t save well. Best to use them soon or they will rot.
Fall and winter crops are mostly in the ground. Well, I say that, but I just got more seeds to plant. So I’ll be prepping some more space in the next week.
I’m holding on for a bit more summer. A few more dinners laughing on the patio and carefree grilling outside, cold beer or chilled wine in hand.
How is your summer going?