Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 31, 2010

The garden is in a lull right now.  The crappy summer weather we've had this season has slowed the garden's growth and delayed harvests.  Then, to add insult to injury, the massive heat wave that struck the area while we were on vacation caused all my cool-weather crops to bolt.  So much for the brassicas.  I was really looking forward to the broccoli and cauliflower. 

Yeah, I know I mentioned this in my last post, but it is a pivotal point in this year's garden season.  About the only thing that liked the heat was the tomatoes, which shot up over the last month.  I have hundreds of flowers on my ten tomato plants, but shaking them has not formed any tomatoes.  I fear they either won't be pollinated or not have time for the eventual tomatoes to ripen at all.  What the heck is happening to our weather?  It's insane.

The other reason that the garden is in a lull is that my salad bed that I planted before I left is still not quite at the harvest stage.  I guess I should have immediately replanted the dozens of blank spinach spots from horrible germination, but I don't have the seed to replant. 

Speaking of that. I forgot to mention in my last post that I took a bit of a detour on my trip back from California.  I just happened to read a billboard while driving through central Oregon that Territoral Seed was coming up.  Much to my family's appathy, I stopped at the company store.  For a Pacific Northwest gardener, I was in heaven.  No taxes, no shipping and their entire seed catalog at my fingertips.  Unfortunately, aside from a few salad greens I knew I was out of, I couldn't remember what I needed.  I thought about spinach, but didn't get any.  How was I to know I'd get 3 of 30 plants to germinate.  And we just love adding it to salads and smoothies alike. 

As a tip to parents, you can't taste or see it in smoothies, so kids will drink their veggies. Peas work well too, but broccoli adds a discernable taste in any amount.  I was looking forward to trying cauliflower.  And of course I wont have any for fall harvest since ALL of my cole crop seedlings died over vacation.  Still kicking myself over that one.

Lastly, for those of you posting concern for my carrots, we're eating them daily.  We've eaten about a pound so far, and they're still tasty, though definitely lacking the fresh-from-the-garden sweetness.  Oh well, I do have about 100 carrots almost ready for fall harvest, so I'm not concerned in the slightest.

Finally got my cord back for my phone, so here is a sompling of the semi-processed carrots ready for mid-term storage.  And here is the package ready for the garage fridge crisper.

Come to think of it, we've eaten one and a half of these paper towel bundles.  They may not last a month after all.

Enjoy your garden!


  1. WOW! Look at how beautiful those carrots are! Mine never get that plump. You and Granny grow the most beautiful carrots. Bet you were like a kid in a candy store in that seed store. Wish I could have seen the eager grin.

  2. Going to try and comment again - did yesterday but it never seemed to "take"?!

    I wanted to say that you seem to really produce some beautiful carrots. They obviously thrive on the Mels Mix and your care. If they taste half as good as they look, that bag of storage carrots won't be around very long!

  3. Hi there

    Wondering how your garden's holding up with the heat? Seems like plants are struggling all over the place; it's been a little daunting for me as a newbie gardener. I feel almost reluctant to plant for the fall, my summer harvests have been so meager.

    A note about broccoli in smoothies: I find that in chocolate/peanut-butter blends, the broccoli isn't discernible and the texture works well with the flavor.

    Hoping you're doing well!

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  6. Wish I could have seen the eager grin.