The Heat, the Rain....and the Skeeters!
Well, hello again. It’s been an eventful month in both a good way (the Denver fling was amazing!) and not so good way (I was knocked out with the flu for a good chunk of time). So much for “flu season” (eye roll). I have never felt so tired and achy before…makes me wonder if I’ve ever had the flu before or just really bad colds.
Echinacea "Cheyenne Spirit" (started from seed a couple of years ago) is doing amazing
...as are the weeds but let's ignore that bit, shall we 😄
We are now in the midst of the sweltering summer heat which always puts a bit of crimp in how much I do outside. But there’s an even worse menace this year than the heat, thanks to the very wet weather we’ve been having since spring. Mosquitos. I have never seen them as bad as they are this year. You can’t avoid them - even in the middle of the day, in full sunlight, in the middle of the yard, I’m being bit. It’s the absolute worst! I hate putting on bug spray & usually avoid doing so, but it’s at the point where I can only be out there for maybe 10 or 15 minutes before I’m so frustrated I come back inside. I keep thinking it will get better, but I should face reality…and head to Costco for a bulk pack of spray.
But while I could do with a bit less rain and the ensuing mosquito breeding grounds this creates, many of my plants are very happy. The cucumber harvest has been steady for a couple of weeks now. I'm only growing 3 plants this year as usually we are inundated with cucumbers by August. I'm also the only one that eats pickles at my house, so only one of these is a pickler. The rest of the trellis is being used for melons and a squash (still waiting for signs of fruit on both of these).
The two slicers I'm growing this year are "Chelsea Prize" and "Summer Dance"
One spaghetti squash is maturing - and it looks awesome! I'll definitely be trying this variety again next year,
but planting 2 or 3 in a bed to get more pollination action happening.
I only have two tomato beds this year and am growing basil down the side of one of them. I've been doing this for a few years now and it works out perfectly.
Frequent picking is key to keeping basil going over most of the summer.
Chico III - one of the new varieties I'm trying this year
Both Red Russian and Red Ursa kale were planted this year
Aspabroc does not produce large heads, but it gives you a ton of
side-shoot type pickings with long stems that are absolutely delicious.
Pepper bed - doing ok but nothing spectacular.
One guess is that the Mykos I used when I planted them (a leftover batch from last year) has lost it’s effectiveness. Or perhaps the delay in transplanting them outside this year due to our late start to summer stunted them in some way.
The potatoes are starting to die back a bit (right on schedule) and simply judging by the foliage, they are doing a LOT better than last year.
Since I took this photo something rummaged through the bed and ended up flattening some of the foliage.
On the bright side, they didn't dig too deeply and nothing seems to be dug up.
I'll be digging into this bin very soon to see if there are any baby potatoes under there...
A bumper crop of strawberries this year means
we now have several bags in the freezer for winter smoothies - hurray!
It's funny how I didn't notice the wonky irrigation line
going off to the side until I saw this photo
Speaking of onions, that’s one veg that I’m concerned about – for some reason, they are not bulbing up like they should be.
The onions should be bulbing up quite a bit by now....
There's still a good month and a half until I absolutely need to harvest, so I'm not totally giving up on them just yet. Goes without saying, though, that this is one bed I'll be examining on a daily basis with fingers crossed.
I also planted several beds with dried bean varieties, all of which are doing very well.
|The beans look great...the bed, not so much|