I worked from one raised bed to the next. The weeds were easy to pull from the damp soil. I finished four raised beds before it became too hot to continue. I will resume again in the evening when the sun begins to set.
Thinking of the meals ahead, I harvested some green onions, beet green thinnings, and herbs before I retreated inside to air conditioned comfort. Because of the heat, meals will be simple ones that are grilled with salad or stir-fried.
We've had a lot of rain over the past week, So much so that much of the state was under a flood watch. We've even broke the rainfall record for June set in 2009. That was also the year without a tomato harvest as devastating late blight ravaged gardens up and down the east coast that year. (apsnet.org "The 2009 Late Blight Pandemic in Eastern USA").
Last week's rain saturated the landscape, the limbs of the apple trees were heavy and draped into the driveway, the grass was in desperate need of mowing, and in the weeds made a foothold in the garden. Luckily, the basement didn't flood and there is no blight in the garden so far.
Once the rain stopped and the sun, heat, and humidity settled in, the garden responded:
|The First Tomatoes|
|Pole Beans Climbing Their Trellis|
The peppers look pretty stressed out and some of the lower leaves are turning yellow. They are not happy with the crazy weather that has seesawed between damp and cold and hot and humid. In addition, they are struggling against slug and beetle damage.
The lower foliage on the garlic has begun to yellow. It won't be long until they are ready to harvest:
|Garlic Should Be Ready Soon|
During the week, we took advantage of a break in the rain to replace some of the trellises in the garden; the others were reinforced to help them through this growing season. They will require replacement next year. Trellis netting was added to all the indeterminate tomato beds just in time for the tomatoes to need support.
|Two New Trellises on the Raised Beds|