From the Garden

14. June 2020 19:02

At the same time the garden is starting to produce fruit and veggies to harvest, I am still working on tasks that should have been completed by early April.

While I was clearing the neighboring raised bed to make way for another planting of corn, I noticed a couple of carrots that looked like they might be ready. Carrots tend to be very random in germinating for me, so the crop comes in over a long time. And the raised beds with hardware cloth at the base are the only way to go with carrots. Otherwise the soil may be too tough and the gophers will see to it that none are ever ready to go to the kitchen. So it was nice to get a couple of decent looking carrots. Only how, since the bed is made from two 6 x 1 boards, did the one get to be 15 inches?

Among the should-have-been-done-months-ago tasks to clear the bed is moving a clump of tarragon. Two years ago I started moving it and took most to another bed as a "temporary" home for it. Thus I now have two big tarragon patches. I took the shears to initial planting so I could find the base of the plant, I will have to see about drying it and perhaps doing some herb crafts in the fall.




Initial Harvests

8. June 2020 17:12

It is the beginning of June and the garden suddenly has fruit and veggies to bring in. The citrus row along the driveway is providing my morning orange juice as well as lemons and limes for lemonade or limeade for months to come.

The Flavorosa pluot is always first of the stone fruits to be ready. While I don't expect as much from the apricots this year as last year, so far we are getting plenty of them. A plumcot which had never done anything but grow leaves must have heard me threatening to cut it back and graft on peaches as it actually produced a small number of apricot like plum tasting fruit. I hope it will do even better in future years. The early peaches and nectarines are not doing well -- there was still too much peach leaf curl.

Although the blackberries did not get much care over the past year, a couple varieties are still providing plenty of berries. Hopefully next year they will be relocated to a better spot where I can deal with them properly and harvest the berries with less bloodshed on my part.

The snow peas and lettuce were the first veggies ready for the kitchen. Now zucchini and beans are starting. We had to build a bird net cover for the raised bed to protect corn seedlings from birds who uprooted about a third of the first planting to get to the sprouted kernels.  It will probably be another month before corn, tomatoes or winter squash are ready -- if all goes well. Weather and critters in past years have managed to destroy a promising crop.  And given the kind of year 2020 has been, it seems almost anything might happen.

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