That’s what I feel like I’m doing this time of year in the garden, as weeds run rampant and there can never be enough watering. But it’s too hot to weed today, so time to play catch-up on the blog! In words and pictures, here are some updates that I promised to make in previous posts.
I showed Barbara planting sweet potatoes but never posted a picture of the finished cage that we placed around the bed to keep the voles out.
I promised updates on the spinach garden including reviews of the spinach substitutes. I did take home some Egyptian spinach (molokheiya), which looks like this:
The Swiss chard waves have not been a success – well, the chard itself is lovely and delicious:
In keeping with the Grow It Give It initiative, we’ve so far donated over 30 pounds of produce from the demo garden. Mostly chard. And some cucumbers – Poona Kheera is a very productive variety! I just hope the recipients recognize the fat yellow fruits with russet skin as cucumbers. They taste wonderful.
The peanut crop is not looking good – we did have five plants come up at the demo garden from seed, but several have been damaged – by this little villain, who thinks he belongs to us now:
Not a great picture, but it gives you an idea of the leguminous flower shape (like a yellow sweet pea, hm?). I’m going to see if I can actually raise peanuts in pots. My husband says he grew some as a kid in a dish shaped like a peanut (it was a kit), so I have hope.
And finally, back in May I showed you my male kolomikta kiwi resplendent in his spring foliage – unfortunately the color fades in summer, but the female has been doing her thing and bearing fruit:
That’s all for now – will be back with more soon, from the demo garden and on the road.