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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2018 at 1:13am

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.

Comment by Patricia on July 8, 2018 at 7:07pm

Rick just got home & was almost straight out to the garden.....

broccoli, beans, peas, cauliflower, & the first strawberry.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:35am

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. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2018 at 7:14am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 1:31am

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."

Comment by Patricia on July 7, 2018 at 5:44pm

So kind of you to provide such a buffet.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 7, 2018 at 5:11pm

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 7, 2018 at 7:01am

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!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 6, 2018 at 8:30pm

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2018 at 6:31am

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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