Our son Nathan work on the pole beans

As the summer season starts, it is a pleasure to stroll the garden and see how things are growing. Our squash seems to grows by the minute.The bee attracting wildflowers are just gorgeous, and the green, purple and yellow beans are taking off. This is our first time growing kohlrabi,
from the broccoli family, and it has been very successful. This funny
looking plant is best peeled and sliced and eaten raw with a bit of salt
or put in salads. It has a subtle flavor, much
like the cabbage heart. Rutabagas are wonderful, even in the summer. They are not as sweet as when grown in the winter,
but still delicious. “Easter Egg” radishes are
available, coming in colors from red, purple, pink to white (ping pong
radish). The leaves got nibbled on, but this does not affect the radish
flavor at all.
   
Garlic
has been harvested and is now drying for a few weeks. I made the mistake of leaving them in the ground til all the leaves dried up (like you do for onions). This causes the bulbs to split and they don’t have the leaf sheaves to form the wrappers around the garlic head. They are still good to eat. How will I remember this for next year? G – Green  G – Garlic. Leaves still have to have some green in Garlic. THAT’S how I remember things!

There are 175 tomato and tomatillo plants,
( approx.20+ varieties) are 
thriving in a field that was once an animal pen. With years of manure,
these fields are nutrient rich.  Hopefully they will be ripe in the next
few weeks! We will have tons of tomatoes for canning and eating, from big
to cherry sizes, as well as a variety of colors.The eggplants are thriving, with blossoms just starting. The cukes have just been transplanted, and hopefully soon we will have lots of eating and pickling types. Corn is finally in the ground and growing; a bit of a late start but not too late! The lettuce
is now gone and we SHOULD have had other plants growing by now, but we
sometimes get too busy and that is where taking notes for
next year will help! New seedlings are growing in the greenhouse now.

A
good portion of the squash, peppers and basil
just did not grow, as well as some other crops. It is sometimes a
mystery and trying to figure it out takes education, trial and error, or
success. You learn to not be too disappointed and just move on!

The fox was back this
week, and we have lost another three hens. That makes five total. We
are down to 22 hens and 9 pullets (“teen aged,” not yet laying). We are
now letting them free range in a very large backyard area behind their
coop.We give them lots of veggie scraps as well as their laying food. It
is enclosed with chicken wire and, so far, we have lost no more. Darryl
did see a fox prowling the outside of the coop one morning this week,
but it could not get in.

For our Farmer’s Market people, I have been out of town, again, so I am getting this letter out late. Tomorrow we hope to have available:
green onions
beets
squash
green, purple and yellow beans
rutabagas
kohlrabi
kale
maybe some cilantro and basil

See you then!