|The Vegetable Garden August 11|
August is always a busy month for the vegetable garden and this year is no exception.
August 2-- 1.5" rain
August 6--Picked the FINAL (yay!) four pints green beans for the freezer and got a surprise FIFTH
cutting of broccoli that yielded 4 cups more for the freezer.
August 7--Cleaned the 2 varieties of garlic that had been drying , the shallots, some red onions and dug up 2 stray potatoes that yielded a nice 8 pounds of potatoes for soup and a Saturday breakfast.
Also got 2/10 inch rain
August 10--First of the Green Peppers. They ended up stuffed for dinner. Yum!
August 12--First Cherry Tomato. Yep---just one and YES---I gave it to hubby!
Rain: 1/2 inch
August 15--The first of the sweet corn--Ambrosia ---excellent taste. I grew up in Illinois and when the corn was ready, that night's supper was nothing but corn on the cob-slathered in butter. Now that I'm in Michigan, we have added Red Haven peaches to the meal. Oh, heavenly delights! That was, bar none, the finest meal ever!
The top ear is a bit "under-done". I'm hoping someone can tell me how you know when the ears are DONE. I waited for the silks to turn dark and dry. Thoughts?
|A Mishmash of Zinnias and Alyssum|
|Sidewalk Border Starting to Recover from "Attack of the Deer"|
We've had a blast of heat the past 2 days and it's supposed to continue for a couple more days. The gnats, deerfly and mosquitoes have made this summer stand out as one of the worst we've experienced up here......BUT---I've had ZERO pest problems on my vegetables. Very odd. Last year was miserable with beetles,, this year I've not seen a single one.
Hope you're all enjoying the summer's bounty. I'll post again at the end of the month.