what’s growing

Despite plentiful rains and cooler temperatures, the transition to summer continues and cool season crops yield to Georgia summer varieties.  Asparagus season is over and those which were not harvested have matured and festoon their delicate tracery in the above picture.

I grow for our plate and friends and can indulge allocating growing space to attractive non producers.  The yarrow’s shimmering tapestry attracts visitors.

And mullein thrives where it is allowed.

the lower leaves provide mulch for tomato plants. this specimen >6 feet.  it has grown back in the same spot where it was 4 years ago – see my post dated June 13, 2013

And a nearby sumac is favored by bees and bumblebees.

The lettuce is bolting and kale has passed its prime.  Garlic and onions are maturing.

I have several beds of garlic plantings. This bed is almost ready for picking.

In the past I produced more garlic than we could consume, gift or replant.  M. said preparing garlic was tedious. I found an Ultimate Chopper in v. good condition at the Thrift Store for $3.  The lid was jammed and with the assistance of a helpful shopper we freed it.  And it works great for chopping garlic and we have upped daily garlic consumption.

Apparently there was a 2005 safety recall so we will be mindful of our fingers when operating

Some of the onion is also going to seed.

the alium flower is attractive

A favorite dish (and healthy too) is a saute of chard, onion and garlic.

the chard seems resistant to pests and luxuriates from recent rain and cooler temps

Beans are growing well but it is disconcerting to see severed stalks which I attribute to mindless foraging of rabbits.

I plant lots of beans and hope enough will escape rabbit predation

I have not done well with corn so I plant just a few this year and will observe.

a few corn planted and I try steer Trudy and the hose clear of the bed

The big summer crops for me are tomato, okra, sweet pepper, squash and melon varieties.  The tomatoes were planted early and are doing well so far with no blossom rot (a problem last year) or pests.

I have >30 plants and should have edible tomatoes before July 4, my annual target

But I probably should have planted okra and squash earlier.  Okra grows prodigiously and this little plant should be robust within a few weeks.

I have some 10 okra plants and if they make it to maturity we will have lots to grill on the Foreman electric grill

Cucumbers are growing well, I neglected the blueberries and we should have some in a few weeks but not prolific, and the blackberries, of which there are many, are still some weeks from maturing.

blackberry plants have some way to go

And, all my rainwater tanks are full including the 2,100 gallon tank I installed a few weeks ago.   Despite a warm winter and late freeze most of the pears and apple trees are bearing well.  And my single peach tree has peaches – we are further north than most of the Georgia peach orchards and my tree must have received its quotient of chill hours.





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