Plant/harvest, repeat

I haven’t been harvesting the peas – it’s time to get them out of there before the bugs decide to migrate to the strawberries. Ok, they’ll do that either way. They’ve reached the stage where every pea is trying to be a seed.

T and I started some seeds tonight – things like tomatoes, etc that most people would have been planting almost 2 months ago. I’m just kind of on my own late timeline. Someday I need to write something up about our cheapo starter greenhouse, but not today. Let’s just say that I take the trays out and leave them on a table in the sun because it’s too hot in there in the daytime. Tonight when I was putting trays away, I broke the clothespin that was holding the bird netting over the door. Sigh! At least the heat wave is ending.

Today Z mowed the area where I want to put the summer crops. First I need to deal with the pea bed and the Chesnok Red garlic. I can’t tell if it’s ready to pull or not. Most people either pull theirs or use a pitchfork. My soil is so hard that I have to dig with a shovel. I dig all around the plant and still usually end up cutting the bulb. Need to develop a better technique. Need to improve the soil!

The strawberries need fertilizing. I didn’t mulch them because 1. I never had the time, and 2. I wanted to compare the sow bug presence when there’s no compost on the ground. It’s a lot better, but the berries are VERY thirsty. They got 1.5 hours of water (through drip tape) yesterday and were dry today. I’m trying to go back to every other day watering as we come out of this heat wave. Gotta let those roots spread.

The cabbage and broccoli (or whatever) that I transplanted this week have had all but one leaf eaten off of them. There’s a thick layer of compost on the ground in that bed.

I did a bit of mowing along the blackberry patch that borders our driveway to make access this summer a bit easier. And, of course, also to check if they’re ripening. They usually start in the first few days of July, but… I harvested and ate 3! I need to figure out a way to hang the harvest bucket around my neck so I can use both hands.


The season that wasn’t

Oy, I’m so far behind. We got some rain in the last 2 weeks, so grass and weeds are happy.  Check out this canary grass that was in the garden.

canary grass. seems to be a species that indicates the presence of water. It was next to a spigot. This stuff can get to be like 7′ tall. 


It’s not the first and others have dropped seed :(. I cut the seedheads off of this one and brought it and a bunch of weeds from the fenceline that we share with the neighbors to the municipal compost bin last night. I spent a couple of hours mowing during mid-day, and I finished right when my neighborhood’s temperature peaked at 101. It hardly ever gets quite that hot here. The garden has been doing pretty okay with this heat wave, partly because I’ve been handwatering recent seedings and transplants.

Sick kid=less-productive week

Well, I seeded some zinnias in the greens bed the other night but did not water them the next morning or evening. Oops. I made sure to water them this afternoon, and then Z watered for a long time. Too long. Too little communication, as I would have said to not water. Also, 2 of the strawberry beds that needed water were not on, and there was a big leak at the head of one of them because T had left a valve on (last fall) when he was playing with irrigation stuff. Doh! The weeds in the greens bed will be so much worse. I have onion seedlings to plant, and I still have the Shasta daisies… sigh.

After 2 days home sick, my kid is going a bit stir crazy. I missed my 2nd-to-last physical therapy appointment – good thing, since I wasn’t feeling too great yesterday, either.

I realized that the peas are English peas. You’d think I could just look this kind of thing up. It seems like in the 2nd week of bearing, the peas start really looking long and skinny, and that’s when I figure out what they are. I guess I will stop picking them. I wish I had planted snap and snow peas, too, but this winter was crazy, what with the like 175% of average rainfall and all… it was even raining while I planted those peas!

The weather has cooled down, which is a relief, except in that today we had 3 hours without the fog dominating the sky.