This was our garden two weeks ago.
Lots of beautiful greenery, right?
Sadly, those are all weeds and it has been quite a task to remove them all.
But underneath all that, the garden has been a little productive. The first sowing of radishes came in beautifully. No cracking of the globes thanks to the sand amended soil in the raised beds.
Last fall’s kale is going to seed. I’m looking forward to having a large stock of Red Russian and Blue Curled kale seed for future plantings and also to share with other gardeners.
We’ve been eating a few salads from the lettuce in the back corner of the garden, but a few 90 degree days last week and it turned slightly bitter and is beginning to bolt. Once again I was disappointed when the spinach hasn’t come up. I can’t figure out what is the trick to growing spinach, but I certainly haven’t figured it out.
The onions are upsetting me. Why? Because they are looking good. A little too good. I’d much rather be able to grow my onion from a $3 seed packet than $15 sets for obvious reasons but when my seedlings died earlier this year after everyone from the cats to the kids kept upsetting them from their trays, I had to go the sets route. These look much better than what my seedling efforts produced the last two years. Last year, I was able to grow enough from seed though to last 8 months and I’m thinking that if I can overwinter Walla Walla and harvest them in the spring they might take us through the late spring/summer months even though they might be smaller. We’ll see what the yield total comes to this fall.
Jared built me some pea trellises. Aren’t they lovely? The peas have grown quite a bit since this photo and are just starting to produce. I’m hoping for a good year this year, but the heat we’ve had has me nervous. I have a pea pod soup recipe I’d like to try to redeem all the waste after shelling, but growing peas have not been my strong suit so I’m cautious with my optimism.