July 7, 2016 in the garden — a morning rain followed by 83 degrees of extremely high humidity and an overcast sky threatening more showers.
- After a rain is the best time to pull weeds. I cleaned a small sweet pea bed that had already been harvested and re-planted it with Porcelain Doll pumpkin sprouts thinned from the pumpkin tubs. I have a hard time throwing away any viable sprout, even though I have already planted thinned sprouts in two other places. But then I love pumpkins and can never have too many around the barn in autumn.
- The perennial bed includes wild flowers such as golden rod, bergamot/bee balm with a bloom like a lavender firework, and Queen Ann’s lace–the doily of the garden.
- I picked 8 cucumbers. By next week I will have enough to make Bread & Butter pickles
- The watermelon plants in one of my hay bales are being joined by butternut squash vines from a bordering bed.
- The two zucchini plants are blooming in the second bale.
- I checked to see if more early apples fell in the storm and picked up about 6 more = fresh apple sauce for Sunday dinner.
- While I was in the orchard, I noticed one of the peach trees was dropping fruit. Unfortunately I saw top fruit being attacked by Japanese beadles–they are back. If they go for my roses again, the traps will go up. Meanwhile we picked the peaches to allow them to ripen slowly inside in the basement fruit cellar…otherwise, they would be riddled by the bugs.
- One day’s organic harvest from the garden.