I actually have a lot of work in the garden to get done, but I did a little over the last two days. Yesterday I weeded almost the whole thing. This isn't the chore you might think. I weed every day that I'm in the garden. I see a weed while I'm harvesting and the weed goes away. But sometimes I don't get down to the ends. And when I'm not actively looking for weeds I can overlook them. Heck I can overlook them when I am looking for them.
While I was picking weeds I noticed how things were growing. And I noticed
***Your regularly scheduled program has been interrupted for a weather alert. Strong thunderstorms have hit and it has started to rain as I type. I've been hoping for rain. Two weeks ago we had that week of rain and drizzle. Once the heat hit last week we got no rain at all. So I've been out watering. I hope we get at least an inch. Then I won't have to water again tomorrow. I was checking the soil and it is very dry. Now back to your regularly scheduled program. ***
And I noticed my first little peas has started to form. Above are the Blizzard peas and below are the Golden Sweet. These are both snow peas. I also have Cascadia snap peas. They have just started blooming but no little peas yet.
I also noticed the broccoli was almost ready to pick and the Komatsuna was starting to bolt. I waited until this morning to pick them though. As I was picking the Komatsuna I noticed the Michihili cabbage was starting to bolt. And Rubicon's (both Chinese cabbages) head was starting to open a little. They both needed to be picked.
The Michihili is a monstrosity that I showed you last week. It is about 2 1/2' tall and easily as long as my arm. It just dwarfs the other Chinese cabbage. I think this might be my first and last year to grow it. It is just too big to deal with. Next year I'm buying a mini Chinese cabbage which is easier to store and share. I guess I'm lucky that it bolted before it could form a good head. What would I do with it all? Its flavor is superb. It has a strong mustard taste, but it is very sweet. So flavorful but not bitter in the least. Great even when not cooked, which is how I tested it. I'm guessing it would make a great cabbage soup in the fall. Hmmm maybe I should grow one for the fall? Then I could use an inordinate amount of Chinese cabbage because I want to cook up soups then.
So today besides harvesting too many pounds of assorted brassicas, The celery was large enough to harvest the outer leaves. It isn't up to normal celery size yet, but it is cute little celery cuttings. They smell delicious. The variety is Redventure, but I was hoping for more red. It really is more like a weirdly dark green with occasional red bits in it. But if it tastes good, I won't complain anymore about the color.
Though I didn't pick it, my first chamomile blossom has opened. I expect a really good harvest of flowers this year. One by one each of the plants has started to bud. Now my mint just has to grow. I love chamomile and chocolate mint tea. Yum.
Before the threat of thunder chased me inside I finished putting the next tier of cage on the tall tomatoes. I have one more tier to go if they need it. And I took the leaf miner eggs off the beets.
I have some real work to get done. I need to stake up the potatoes so they don't take over the path. I need to put the twine on the last trellis. I need to put cross braces on the trellis before the beans start to latch on. But it is going to be hot today and has been hot. So I'm thinking I'll wait until Thursday or Friday as the weather is supposed to break tomorrow. It should be nice and cool after today. Even a bit below average. We will probably even see the 40s again. At least my melons had a nice week to grow. And speaking of weather, the thunderstorms have passed. We got only 0.06" of rain. Sigh. I hope those pop up thunderstorms that have been predicted for today pop up here and stick around for long enough to give us appreciable rain.