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X-mas Cactus (Schlumbergera). 10.15.18
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.
Your cherries look bright, plump, full of flavor, and will most assuredly make delicious pies.
Your milkweed looks like our healthy ones that grow wild here.
Are we invited? I LOVE home made cherry pie!!!
The potatoes look really good.
Today I harvested, pitted, and froze enough pie cherries for 3 more pies. These were from a "wild" cherry tree that was probably planted by a bird, 50 years ago. Huge tree. The cherries are not as red, and have a slight bitterness when raw, but bake into awesome pies.
I also noticed that the earliest potato hills started to die down, and dug them up. There are enough red potatoes for potato salad, and enough russets for a few batches of hash browns. That's just 4 hills, and these were random potatoes from the garage that withered and sprouted last winter. Not bad.
Randy, I hope that fencing works! Wild animals are my biggest garden frustration.
To be honest, I dont think these taste as good as other blackberries I grow. But they are not seedy. Im waiting now for other varietiez - Prime Ark Freedom, which was really good last year, and Triple Crown and Arapaho, both of which I have not tried before. All are thornless. Triple Crown had the best reviews.
Milkweeds are blooming. They are not native here. I wondered if they would survive and grow. They did.
Today I mowed the area that will be Rufus's "back yard", mowed and weeded my fig orchard, and scrubbed out a rain barrel. That water went onto the fig trees . This is a promising summer for figs
Blackberries, one of my favourites!
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