After a couple of crop failures, I finally have some success! Things were just so hot and dry around here in June that hardly anything was able to get established. The humidity was running in the single digits and the temperatures were running in the triple digits.
All of the stuff below was planted between the solstice and the 4th of July. It was still slow going for some plants to get established. Sometimes I needed to water 3x a day.
Now that the monsoon has kicked in, the plants have gone crazy, especially the squash. When it rains the plants are visibly larger the next morning. So cool!
See the yellow zucchini? I collected the sandstone slabs myself to create my bed.
Things are getting a little crowded. The watermelon is making flowers!
I planted sweet potatoes that had sprouted in the cupboard. The one by my foot came up different. Anybody know what it is?
Great stuff put up here so far. I'm getting a ton of ideas for next year.
Like corn. I have to make room for a cornfield next year. Of all the things that taste better fresh, corn is definitely at the top of the list. Last time I grew corn, I'd get the water boiling, then go pick the corn. Stalk-to-stomach in minutes!
The goat knows where the action is. Like a dog hanging around the dinner table.
The cucs are slowing down - even though the plants are bigger than ever - but I'm still getting one of these every four or five days:
Which was turned into this:
( batch #11 and #12, dill relish and bread-and-butter slices )
When I started seeing ripe tomatoes, so did the birds. I put up bamboo posts with reflectorized streamers atop them. And that will spook most birds most of the time. But something was still getting my cherry tomatoes, about a day before they ripened. One by-product of the owl infestation here in the yard - one nest, three babies - is owl feathers. I attached a few of them to the tomato cages so they flapped in the wind, and I haven't had a problem since.
I was hoping to get the goat in some of the aerial shots, but she's scared of kites, food or no food. And the dogs aren't stupid enough to stand outside in the heat.
I have to start winding things down. I'm headed to The PNW in a couple weeks, and I might not be back until the end of Sept. The peppers and tomatoes will stay, but the cucs and zucs are more of a job than I want to leave for the guy who watches my place while I'm gone.
It was a warm summer in Seattle, but it's drawing to a close, i.e it was a v. good year for: blueberries, always collards and ok for kale. We haven't had a good garlic crop in >3 years due to white rot (f*#king yuck!).
Here's the end of year harvest of ripe tomatoes before they burst from recent rain wetness(below):
I love cucumbers, but I know all others don't (below):
OK, my Dad's family had a Walnut/plum-prune ranch near Vacaville,CA. So when this ONE plum grew on our two year old tree, and I led a couple pitches at Index, I was STOKED!(below):