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Rick, these look wonderful! Plump, freshly picked, ready to go in salads, as side dishes, or for preserving. They are beautiful specimens of broccoli, beans, peas, cauliflower, & strawberry.
Rick just got home & was almost straight out to the garden.....
broccoli, beans, peas, cauliflower, & the first strawberry.....
Randy, remember when Daniel said he liked the mineral-rich soil the moles bring to the surface. When I see a new, and one of many mole holes, I think of Daniel and mineral-rich soil.
Neat photos, Daniel! The tigridia is beautiful.
My sweet corn stand looks much better. It was worth the effort.
Saw evidence of my first mole of the year. Set a spring-loaded trap and caught him in one day! That never happens. I also "caught" a cardinal in a cage trap. Poor thing was frantic.
Daniel, I have not heard "terroir." before. Sounds like a word used for the wine fields of France or along the Columbia River. It is hard to pronounce at first; I listened several times to get the tone and temper right.
Larry's daughter is a college professor in France and when she and her family come for a visit we get to hear those beautiful sounds and words.
I love your deer garden! I hope to attract in more deer and I am sure if I have the energy to plant a vegetable garden outside the greenhouse they will come. I also enjoy watching the rabbits hop around and eat their fill. They reproduce so quickly, I will probably get a fence to keep them out. They haven't gotten to that point yet.
I looked up Tigridias on Dave's Garden site & here is what I found:
"On Aug 5, 2012, harrryr from Shoreline, WA wrote:
I live in Seattle Washington and planted my tigridia about three years ago. The first couple of years it had a few blooms that were tri-petal cream color. This year it has multiple blooms that are are six petal, 3 yellow and 3 orange with yellow accents. The flower lasts one day so it must be tigridia, it seems unusual. I will have about a month of blooms when all the pods have been expended. It is a real conversation piece for my yard."
So kind of you to provide such a buffet.
Some shots from my garden. The first is a visitor who regards my vegetable garden as her all-you-can-eat salad buffet. Notice how big and healthy she looks? Well fed! :-)
Tigridias usually have three petals. This one must have liked the soil I provided.
Today I planted some seeds in the ground were I dug potatoes. I planted turnip seeds, cilantro, and radishes. I don't have a lot of experience with July seed planting, but last year the turnips did well. Here are other turnip seedlings from last week. They need daily watering, but I do that anyway for some plants because it's so dry here in the summer.
Today I picked Asian plums, mulberries, sweet cherries, and zucchinis. Not bad. It's the time of year that I like, something from garden every day.
Terroir--good word. Had to look it up. I'm considering going to France next year, so I'll add that word to my French vocab.
We had a storm front go through two days ago with 2" of rain and strong enough winds to lay flat my sweet corn. Aarrgghh! It happens every year. So I spent 3 hours propping it back up. Not fun: muddy, mosquitoes, pollen in my eyes (swelled shut later!), etc. And more weeds. I'm getting too old for this!
Joan, thank you. This is a good time of year to reap the benefits of a kitchen garden.
Randy, you are right, of course! I dont know if it's the freshness, or just garden grown. But I like these potatoes more than store bought. Maybe there's something in the local soil that gives them a flavor I like. I guess that's the terroir.
Impressive potatoes, Daniel. I told you old ones would work. Cherries aren't a favorite of mine: too tart and difficult to pit. I don't even bother going to a tree down the road to pick them.
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