Once again, I went to the garden without my camera. It’s a pattern these days. I have some old photos to share and will try to do better with the camera next time.
I’m really pleased with where the garden is at this point. Some spinach bolted, but it still made fabulous salad, and now the summer seeds have all been planted, though not all of them appear to be coming up.
Okra is up and some of the pole beans have come up. The peppers and the tomatoes are doing well. It could be a good tomato year, if only because there are so many of them, between what I purchased, was given, and what has volunteered. We’ll see what transpires.
I also have winter squash planted for the first time in years. It tends to be sweet, so various garden pests gnaw on it. That, combined with the long growing time and the large amount of space it needs makes me avoid it. We have planted it in the Plot Against Hunger garden, as well, hoping to extend the season. There is more space there, though it won’t look like it once all that stuff gets growing.
The Plot garden has some nice beets that are ready to harvest, and some carrots that will be ready soon as well. I’m in the process of talking with another garden about combining produce deliveries to some pantries. They talked to all the distributors and figured out the ones that actually needed the produce. A lot of places distributing have already got a good supply, either through grants, or the USDA (there’s a big farm nearby in Maryland that does research), or big donations.
I was in the garden yesterday and did a lot of weeding and trimming and nosing around. Then I watered. Today, I went on my first bicycle ride of the year and discovered I was not nearly as out of condition as I thought and replacement of the tires last fall really messed up the gears. I’ll be working on those for a while on each bike ride, trying to get in better shape than I’m in and in a reliably better state of mind. So much is going on in the world. We have to take care of ourselves and each other.