The first eggplant bloom!
Last week we finally had a return to our normal temperatures for the year. We had several days in the 80s. It finally feels like summer - hot, sunny, and humid - so ironically it means it is time to plant the fall garden. Last year I started too late and only one broccoli barely made it to heading and it was small. I figured I'd start earlier this year. I started the seedlings on the 10th of June and potted them up at the start of July. I planted the first of them out today. They were a bit big, but I've been lazy so they are just now getting in.
Then because the slugs are hungry and keep coming in from the lawn. I put down a thin layer of used coffee grounds and covered that with a lot of crushed egg shells. I'd been accumulating them for quite a while. Now the bed looks pretty bad.
Luckily it all gets hidden behind a row cover so I won't have to see it. I row cover all my brassicas. It is that or spray because of these pretty butterflies. All the flowers I have blooming to attract my beneficials also attracts butterflies. They seem to love the lavender.
I have more transplants of the same plants to go in when my Super Sugar Snaps get pulled. I'm spreading them out just in case there is an issue with a pest overtaking one area. Yes they are covered, but that doesn't mean pests don't get in. Slugs and earwigs have no issue crawling in under the cover and both can decimate my Chinese cabbage.
All last week I was drying herbs. I'm continuing this week with parsley. This little patch of weeds is by my compost pile. It is mostly clover and parsley. It has a bit of my other self seeding plants like coriander and chamomile. Most of the true weeds (the ones I don't eat) are shaded out by the heavy foliage, but a few of them come up too. I really need to get in and take it all out. But for now I'll just pick out the best of the parsley. I also have some in the herb garden.
It made for quite a nice little haul and I feel like I barely touched it. Last year was the year without much parsley. This year I'm innundated. I don't need more to dry for winter though. This was sufficient to fill up my jar with fresh dried herbs. It was washed and went into the dehydrator. Now it is all packed up.