It’s finally summer weather here in Seattle and the garden is looking good! I can’t believe we used to have boring grass! Grass! Who needs it! Well, maybe sometimes, but that’s for another post, friends.
For now, I’m reveling in my garden. And reaping the rewards of months of labor! We have kale and lettuce to eat–the first fruits of our garden!
The cabbage is starting to form itself into tiny heads–I can almost taste the tang of the kraut! IF I can manage to make kraut this year without it molding.
The pole beans are climbing! Double S set up a tent trellis for them.
Most of the arugula bolted fast, so we pulled it, ate a tasty, spicy salad and planted more seeds.
The potato bed is thriving. Double S hobbled that together with old pallets and window screens. The window screens are needed to keep out all the neighborhood cats that call our yard home for some reason. We do not want their leavings in our potato bed. Plus I get to pluck slugs off the screens every night, when I go outside on my slug mass murder missions. I’ve got warrants for many murders in the slug community.
Even the little oregano we started from seed is finally getting big(ger than it was. It was a long process.)
The marigolds are in the beds to attract bees.
We even have one tiny purple asparagus…which I really don’t understand because we just planted the crowns a month or so ago, but whatevs!
We finally scored some shiso starts from the farmer’s market last week. Have you had shiso? It’s like a red leafy cumin, basil, mint combo. Try it! This blog has some ideas on how to cook with and preserve shiso. I’m excited to give them a try.
The cucumbers are thriving! As I’ve said, I LOVE me some pickles. And it would be invigorating for me to pickle cukes that I grew with my own little old hands, so I’m overly excited about cucumbers right now. Our cukes from seed did ok, but we supplemented with some cuke starts from the farmer’s market. Does anyone have any lucky with starting cuke seeds inside? I read not to do so, but now I’m wondering if that was the right choice, as the slugs munched up the cucumber seedlings as soon as they saw the light of day.
The watermelons are climbing! Does anyone know how to trellis small watermelons? Or should I just let them lounge all over the bed? These are Sweet Beauties, which should get to about 6-7 pounds. Right now, as you can see, we have the vines climbing up string, but obviously the string won’t hold the melons. How exciting is that? To me: Very!
Our existing and transplanted raspberries are thriving! We’re eating them plain and on our cereal. And this weekend, dessert! Blueberries seem to be next.
And needless to say, we’re counting the seconds till our tomato plants flower, and our basil is overflowing! Eating a warm, fresh off the vine tomato is truly a joy to me. When they’re blooming (fingers crossed), I’m going to try my hand at making fresh mozzarella as well. And I’m going to can them, dry them, and freeze them. I think our tomatoes have really benefited from cloching for this month or so they’ve been outside. We had some crazy cool temps in June in Seattle. There were only seven days in June in Seattle where the temperature hit 70 degrees. Yep, I said 70 degrees. Click here for more, but here’s my favorite bit of Seattle weather trivia, from the aforementioned website.
The warmest day was June 23 when the temperature reached a high of 77 degrees; the coolest day was June 3 when the temperature reached a low of 46 degrees. The high temperature of 77 degrees on June 23 ended a record-breaking streak of 272 days, September 24 through June 22, in which the temperature failed to reach a high of 75 degrees.
Woo hoo! 272 days!
Anyway, back to the tomatoes.
The zucchini has taken over, moved into the house and now hogs the remote. I think I’ll finally achieve my dream of having so much zucchini that I have to give it away to the neighbors, or make Double S’s favorite (read: Not favorite) zucchini chocolate cake. Unbelievably, we’ve never had luck with zucchini. Double S will be embarrassed that I admitted that. But admitting you have a problem is the first step, am I right friends?
The peppers are doing that well. However, they wilt fast. I’m thinking maybe it’s been too hot for them under their cloches, so they were the first to go cloche-less for extended periods.
And the eggplant! We might actually get an eggplant! The plants are finally getting bigger; they had been staying at a miniature size for weeks.
We did all of this in less than a year, and it’s been fun. And we’re finally getting to eat our delicious reward! This is the fun part! O.K., so maybe it’s been a bad growing season so far, but maybe our sweat will pay off. And if not, we’re learning!
Next up, drip irrigation. It’s been a bear to water all of this every few days! Drip irrigation saves time and water. More to come on that! Also, I’ve got to tell you guys about my slug adventures, but more about that later too. For now, me and my new friend/awesome garage sale find of the year bid you adieu.