The garden has been a bit droopy lately because it is hot and the customary afternoon thunderstorms have either not happened or have happened two miles away.
I was not able to get to the garden last week until Friday and my neighboring gardeners, let me know they had watered my garden, which was really nice. On Friday evening, I saw things had gotten out of hand, so did a trash bin full of weeding and clearing.
There are mulberry trees in the area and as a result of feasting birds, mulberry saplings in the garden. They are long established, and it’s been impossible to dig them out, so I just cut them off, but when I don’t keep up with it, it gets shrubby along the fence line. Various weedy vines also had gotten out of hand both in the garden and out and flowers that seed, like the Love-in-a-mist, had gone completely brown. All these things came out, along with some weeds and a lot of Jerusalem artichokes (another plant that goes utterly feral and unmanageable).
That created a little room to begin to think about fall crops. Yup. In the midst of summer heat, I’m thinking about planting for fall. The cucumbers, which have given lovely fruit, are about done, so I’ll likely rip them out soon.
I’ll keep the beans for the time being, but may rip them out if they don’t keep bearing and put some peas in there for fall.
I am not a tomato grower. They fail for a variety of reasons, including weather and fungus, but I always get a few, especially now that I have discovered flower camouflage.
This morning, I looked at my seeds, which include spinach, several types of radish, carrots, lettuces and arugula and something I have never planted, called rooted parsley, which apparently creates a big white root that gets sweeter as the weather gets colder. I’m going to try that just for kicks.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying the continued profusion of zinnias in bouquets.