Well summer arrived this week – incognito it seems. It came disguised as spring of all things. It showed up as the rain storms that were absent throughout April and May. They dumped over two inches of rain on us in about 12 hours Sunday and Monday. It also brought cooler temperatures that dipped down into the 40’s in the overnight hours.
The rains returned today and it seems as though we have gotten at least two more inches. If there is any accuracy in the forecast for the next 10 days our drought problems should be over since there are some chances of rain everyday over the next 10.
For some crops. such as our strawberries and blueberries, it’s too late to make a difference but other crops should be served well by the rain.
Shall we take a look around?
The apple trees have some apples, not a bumper crop, (we had several days of frost while the apple trees were blossoming) but hopefully enough for a pie or two.
The blueberries are beginning to ripen. Again this won’t be a bumper crop. I suspect these were impacted by both frost and drought but we are grateful for what we get.
In garden 3, which now has become the puppy playground, these cabbage and onions were some of the first vegetables to be planted. They are doing well.
Also in garden 3 the potatoes (above) were also planted early. They have blossoms.
We also have a row of potatoes in the main garden (above). These were the first to be planted and despite being hit by frost on several days they have flourished.
The above photo was taken as I enter the main garden and look to the north. Sweet corn, pie pumpkins, cantaloupes, tomatoes and three different types of squash are growing in this area.
The photo below is from the same spot looking to the south.
Pumpkins, cucumbers, hot peppers, sweet peppers, eggplant. tomatoes, okra, green beans, beets, swiss chard, and dill are growing on this side of the garden.
We have several varieties of tomatoes. Some have begun to blossom and make fruit.
Jalapeno peppers are starting to bear fruit
as are the bell peppers.
It will be a while before we are picking green beans (above) but just the thought of them makes my mouth water.
We also have sunflowers planted in several areas along the fence, some of which came up as volunteers.
Thanks for joining me for a garden tour. Are you enjoying any home grown produce or looking forward to doing so?