We’ve been eating lettuce and a little arugula for the past 3 or 4 weeks. The string beans are about to pop. I’ve got maybe 12 or 15 plants that were staggered over three weeks. Picked some early big ones today but should have about 500 grams (by weight) each of the next four, and I hope beyond, weekends.
The carrots I planted — Long Imperator carrots — are coming into their own as well. I may get 20 or 30 from this first attempt but I’m also gonna give ‘em a shot in the Fall.
A few parts of the beds continue to lag seriously behind the others. As far as I can tell, the main difference has been that there’s white clover interplanted with the lettuce. Acting as a ground cover it chokes out weeds and mitigates surface soil evaporation and, if I was lucky enough for the right bacteria to be present, is fixing nitrogen. I’ve got some seeds coming from the States and so I’ll be trying to create a more diverse ecosystem as the summer goes on. On the helper note, today I put some store-bought, seedling basil, for their companion-plant mojo, near the tomato plants that I’ve put in.
Two firsts today: an earthworm and a type of salamander I’d never seen before. We’ve had lots of smaller predators: crickets, praying mantises, smallish lizards. Todays I saw a dark brown lizard/salamander that had a body that was probably 8 to 10 centimeters long.
I planted some brussel sprouts today... maybe four plants. Yes… I assumed they were fall/winter crops too, but evidently they can grow in the summer. So far, I only have one pepper plant in the ground and I don’t know whether it’s one of the hot ones (habañero, jalapeño) or perhaps the black bell pepper I had some success with last year called on-the-nosedly ‘kuropi-‘. Not so big on labeling the plants.
I also tasted a tiny leek today. I put them in in March and it seemed like they didn’t take at all. Turns out a few found purchase, but when they’re small the green parts look a lot like weed grasses. I noticed the long, thin white part on one of the grasses I’d pulled, took a bite and it wasn’t altogether unlike a leek. Have to get better at differentiating the stuff knowingly planted from the other.
There are a bunch of “volunteer” tomato plants since I let them run amok last year and mostly plowed them under. I didn’t take them out today, but will remove two or three next week.
I have a pepper or two, five or six tomato plants and another eggplant that are on the veranda and not quite ready for transplanting. Tomorrow or the next day I’ll start my final summer seeds. Then I won’t have any seeds going until August or September.