It’s been a while since you have been treated to a garden update. I’ve been a little busy exposing some rampant incompetence at Frederick County Public Schools. As the fates have woven into my tale, now I have to ruin a Judge and a Magistrate’s entire career. But the garden does not stop and is a much happier story.
The berry patch has been started. Four blueberries and 2 currants (maybe?) gifted to me by a fellow gardener are getting started. Perennial edible plants take years to truly yield enough for a household, hence starting them as soon as possible. The blueberries will grow to over 6 feet tall.
My miscellaneous garden space is fully occupied by various herbs, and a failed romaine lettuce regrow. Dill, three types of basil, parsley, oregano, savory, and whatever other random shiny things that peaked the partner’s interest.
This year I went with 8 tomato plants in total, and testing a new support structure. The two on the right are Black Krims, arguably the best flavored tomato you will ever come across. Their growing season extends well into fall, but it’s worth the wait.
The cold weather crops are barely chugging along. My broccoli (right) went to flower but I decided to eat it anyways. The flavor and texture are the same as unflowered broccoli, with a hint of sweetness. I’ve used it in stir frys with no issue. This patch is also in a location that receives afternoon shade, to help reduce the temperature.
The cauliflower has made it’s purple heads and is hanging in there. I lucked out and the head formed before the heat, fingers crossed it survives to full size.
My GIANT cabbage has also stopped growing out and began growing inwards. There’s a life lesson metaphor here.
As I mentioned before, okra is an amazing hot weather crop that yields continuously throughout the summer. There are 7 plants here, in their baby form. Do not let their small size deceive you, with the summer sun they grow up to 6 feet tall and produce pods daily.
Adjacent to the okra is the kale field, 128 square feet of it. Kale is not just for hippies and vegans. It can replace any leafy green in any recipe, from sandwiches and salads to stir fry. Unlike lettuce, kale continues to grow in the summer heat without bolting. It does not bolt (until the 2nd year) and turn inedible. Kale is also durable enough to be pressure canned and preserved on a shelf.
For 2 years, I have grown green beans and peas on an ad-hoc trellis system. This year, I made a huge upgrade. In between two of the planter beds, I placed 2 6-foot trellises and ran a net in between them. The peas and green beans planted on either side will grow up to top, leaves facing up and pods hanging down. Let’s call it the pole bean tunnel.
So this section was supposed to be vine plants, like squash, eggplant, and cucumbers (yuck). But I was gifted with 15 packets of 2+ year old carrot seed packets and decided to place them intertwined with the vines. Who knew that heirloom seeds do not have germination issues after that many years?
After planting 150 onions in a small patch, all but a handful have fully sprouted. While something has been digging around the roots (I will shoot you and eat you), the onion bulbs themselves have remained untouched.
Behind the onions is my beet and carrot patch (what was supposed to be the main carrot patch). A week ago some deer or groundhog munched on the beets in the top middle. The offender will be hunted and canned appropriately.