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The second week in the July finds the garden thriving, if still wetter than the plants would like. I pulled the onions early because they were getting in the way of the bush bean harvest. I really need to build three more raised to make more room next spring.
The cucumbers are producing now, very quickly. Because of the heavy rains, they swell to just-beyond-my-intended-pickling-size rapidly. Oh dear. Another cucumber salad? The dill is prolific this year. I have harvested enough leaves and pannicles to allow the new flower heads to go to seed. I guess I’ll have dill seeds for my homemade bagels and rye loaves this winter.
The Japanese winter squash are the hardiest, happiest squash I have ever planted. I’m thinking of choosing more Asian vegetable varieties in the future. I anticipate making stuffed squash blossoms next week. Maybe you would like me to blog the recipe? It’s easy and tasty!
My potatoes still have not died back to the ground. I intended them to be done by now. I’ll need that space for fall cole crops! The chili peppers are producing, though the sweet peppers are not; and the ghost peppers have j-u-u-u-s-t made their first flowers…
Alas, the roses — those spoiled hussies — are blooming well but suffering a none-too-surprising fungal leaf infection. There hasn’t been enough sun to thoroughly dry them. Even my black cherry trees have caught some nasty spotting disease. The plums remain disease free, and the figs are fruiting for the first time.
The corn is taller than I am and is just now beginning to form ears. I wish I had more space to grow more corn.
The prairie is topping out at 2 meters and above. As of this week, it is still dominated by coneflower species…
…but the ironweed has opened, the scurfy peas are getting started; and I’m looking forward especially to the side-oats grama, which should bloom very soon, good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.