Harvested 16 lbs. of kale and the first batch of shell peas today. I really need to get the clover cut back, it is heavily shading the broccoli. My helpers are gone for a few days and it’s difficult to get sustained work done in the gardens with my little guys constantly interrupting. Still, it was a gorgeous day and I’m hoping this nice weather holds steady.
Some of the later (scrawnier) pepper transplants have disappeared. There is no sign of them at all. Do rabbits eat tender peppers? I found one that has a weak ring around the stem, doesn’t quite look like cutworm damage. Must research.
Flea beetle damage on potatoes. They were mulched up with straw and are flowering, but again I see. I evidence of potatoes set along root stems in the mulch. I give up. This is the fourth year I’ve tried some variety and method of potato gardening and apparently I fail as a potato farmer. At least I didn’t spend any money for seed this year. These were sprouting in my pantry so I planted ’em.
About half the bush beans either failed to germ or were grazed away. Will do a second sowing in the blank spots. Still need to sow the dry beans.
My plantings are limited this year. In have an enormous seed collection but lost motivation at direct seeding time. No cucumbers this year, will buy at farmer’s market for pickles. The pole beans didn’t sprout at all, experiment with planting in straw mulch failed. I didn’t even plant sunflowers or zinnias.
Onions I started by seed all died in flats due to my sudden stretch of garden ambivalence, along with about half the tomatoes I started. I did get a bunh of store bought onion sets in, they seem ok. Maybe I’ll get some mojo back in time to do a mid-summer sowing for a fall harvest.
peas: burpeeana Harvesting
Kale: Dwarf Siberian Harvesting
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)