Flowers, Blossoms, Weeds: Lushness Arrives

What a perfect weekend for gardening. I’d been out of town and the Plot Against Hunger garden got out of hand. When things are lush, they’re … lush, whether flowers or seedlings or grass. Boy was there grass. I spent about five hours in the garden Saturday early and harvested some lettuces and radishes. This will be on top of the four pounds we already delivered to AFAC.

Cabbages and collards are looking good in the plot Against Hunger garden.

Cabbages and collards are looking good in the plot Against Hunger garden.

My own garden needed work too. At first I thought just about an hour and a half. Wrong of course. I got in there and there were more weeds, deeper down and the ground was hard as a rock, even though we’ve had rain.

When things are this lush, there's lots of stuff to pull out...

When things are this lush, there’s lots of stuff to pull out…

I weeded. I hoed. I mulched. Most of my plants were large enough not to be burned up by the mulch, so I thought it might help. Then I planted my summer and winter squash, some jade zukes and a variety of summer squash, as well as some delicatas and some multi-colored thing for fall.

This broccoli, from the UK, is supposed to stand up to summer heat.  We'll see.  It's tropical here, compared to Britain.  But it looks good so far, huh?

This broccoli, from the UK, is supposed to stand up to summer heat. We’ll see. It’s tropical here, compared to Britain. But it looks good so far, huh?

I also harvested some nice lettuce, some radishes, and noted the kale for later in the week. I have a tomato coming on and tomato plants that are blossoming. I’m a bit worried about the garlic, which is small, but shooting out scapes and turning yellow. I hope the bulbs are bigger than they look like they should be, given the size of the tops.

The okra is looking good.  It was being eaten by something a couple weeks ago, but it seems to have recovered.

The okra is looking good. It was being eaten by something a couple weeks ago, but it seems to have recovered.

On the other hand, buying garlic would not be a crisis. I can plant more in the fall. We’ll see how it works out. Currently, the garden has beets, beans, carrots, onions, two kinds of kale, chard, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, okra, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, eggplants and now the squash seeds are in. Goodness. If it’s like last year, I’ll be able to can some things. Of course, being a garden, it may not be like last year.

Last summer, I made some wonderful sweet pickles, so I had to plant cucumbers again.  I'm hoping for a good harvest ... and good canning!

Last summer, I made some wonderful sweet pickles, so I had to plant cucumbers again. I’m hoping for a good harvest … and good canning!

I’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the flowers and being exhausted from the work in the lovely warm sun.

Roses, yarrow, lavender, sweet peas and larkspur; the perfect June bouquet.

Roses, yarrow, lavender, sweet peas and larkspur; the perfect June bouquet.

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