Strawberries are about done. I've been getting 2-4# daily (actual weight on
a scale) from about 100 sq ft of bed. That worked out to about 40 pints of
jam. I'm pretty pleased with that.
Tried three varieties of peas this year. Sugar Ann, Early Perfection and
Alaska. Sugar Ann won't be back ... not enough yield. Early Perfection will
get another chance and Alaska is a definite 'plant again'. I have yields
from it that look like the seed catalogs!
Mezclun is still standing, although some has begun to bolt. The Indian
Summer spinach is about done. The dill is looking mighty good and I just
gave away about 100 Greek Oregano plants that were shading my pickling
cukes. The pickling cukes are about 2' up the trellis now (big difference
in growth rate once I got the oregano off 'em) and the bush beans are ready
for their first picking.
I have my tomatoes and peppers growing in the bed nearest the neighbors
(south facing) cinderblock garage wall that I painted white last year. They
like the heat. Last year, Ky. Wonder pole beans were just outstanding in
that location. We still have 30 qts of beans left from only 16 ft of
I got a late start with Mortgage Lifter so I only have flowers at this
point. I have already bought the things I will need next year to get them
off to a proper start. The seeds didn't get planted until the 2nd week of
April so I can't complain to have such nice, stocky tomatoe plants out
there setting a LOT of blooms. Are ML's REALLY that prolific?
I have edible jalapenos now but I clearly got sold mis-labeled Anaheims ...
the pepper on those plants is held blossom end up and is very nearly a
I'm not certain how my garlic is doing ... the tops seem inclined to
recline. Are they ready to pull? They were planted in straight compost,
well above any actual dirt, as an experiment.
I have 'second cropped' black seeded Simpson and Grand Rapids lettuces among
the onions and garlic. I figure that the peas, garlic and onions will be
out of those beds pretty soon. My only concern is that this means I will
lose my shade for the lettuces. Oh well ... can't all be gems, I guess.
Nearly all of my onions split. I'm letting them form bulbs just to see what
they come up with.
All of the herbs are doing well. I have 4 kinds of mint, 4 kinds of basil,
greek oregano, fennel, tarragon, chamomile, sage and a couple others whose
names elude me at the moment. I talked the missus into using volunteer opal
basil plants as a border in the front flower beds.
There's more going on out there but this is what comes to mind at the
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