It hasn’t rained here for a while, and everything is starting to look positively yellow. This factor, in combination with some extremely hot weather, suddenly made my Wisconsin farm look like some place in Western Nebraska.
On the other hand, hot weather seems to make everything grow faster – the plants must be thinking, “if I’m gonna do it, I gotta do it now.” Same as with human reproduction, don’t you think? Trust me to look at a garden and think of babies rather than food.
Here is what everything looks like:
Like our homemade tomato cages?
The tomatoes actually don’t look bad (Jacob has been watering a little, too).
Eggplants on the background, peppers on the foreground.
Have you ever seen anything like this? This is the so-called “walking onion” – it’s in its second year and is supposed to self-propagate (hence the tiny onion sets forming on top). Jacob claims that the regular onions don’t do that, or, at least, have this capacity bred out of them. Not that we are experts.
See the miniature onions on top? Neat, no?
This is actually a weed by the name of “lamb’s quarters.” Isn’t it a funny name? You can pick it and use it as spinach, but it tends to be tougher. It doesn’t taste like much, but some foragers swear by it.
Sunflowers! To us, these guys are decorative (plus, wild birds like them, and we like wild birds) – they plant themselves each year and Jacob weeds them back to the perimeter.
I love sunflowers, don’t you? In my mind, they are the ultimate symbol of country life.
And… raspberries! They are in. This year I am especially excited because I’ve been using them for this 5-minute food processor ice-cream, which requires no ice-cream maker (which I don’t have).
Click here to find out how this compares to the garden photos taken a couple of weeks ago.
And how is your garden?