Rural Garden: Last year I posted a photo tour of the garden on this date. So am doing it again for myself so I have a point of comparison. Things are way later this year. For example, our first sunflower bloomed just yesterday (Aug. 7).
Jerusalem artichokes on their third year. Growing straight and tall.
I short-changed us on variety this year. Too much emphasis on crops (beets, potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, beans). But here's my row of turnips, broccoli, kohlrabi, and cabbage. They are all doing well. All tasty.
This is beet bed number two. Bed number one is pretty well eaten or pickled. Have done 24 quarts of pickled beets so far and will can a few pints again tomorrow (Aug. 8) to finish up that row. This bed has lots of chioggas and some cylindras. Not my first choice for canning but I was trying to use of my huge store of seed.
Cover crop cut and chopped. Bed resting.
Crispy mint lettuce. My late summer salad.
The shallots look really good. Bought the starts from a guy in Mass. Am getting ready to reorder. Shallots will come out this week.
These red poppies used to be in the old garden. Haven't seen them for four years. They returned from the dead. We had a large white/pink poppy that was also a volunteer and volunteer giant lupin. Plus, volunteer flashy oak lettuce and a couple volunteer tomatoes.
Tomatillo. Planted six which I raised from seed indoors. All in Wall O Waters, two of which collapsed. All the tomatillos got tall and leggy. They are staked and tied to keep them from toppling over. If the lanterns they are putting out are an indication of size we will have some big fruit and lots of chili verde!
Strawberries potted in bokashi. Fourth season for these plants. Will have to divide them next year. Tall plants in the background are fava beans which had to be fenced up to keep them standing. Used rebar and bailing twine.
To be continued in part 2.