Good morning from a melted gardener. Yes, folks, it’s STILL in the 100s. Eight days and counting with no relief in sight for another week, at least. I’ve not been able to get into the garden for more than 15 minutes at a time due to the heat. That leaves out any gardening chores other than a quick harvest at the end of the day. And even then, it’s unbearably hot. Example? The other night at midnight, it was 89 degrees with a heat index of 94. At midnight! And remember I planned to get up at sunrise to try to get some gardening done? Well, yesterday morning, at 5:30 a.m. it was 80 degrees with 70%+ humidity! Please let a cold front come through with some rain to water my garden and cool things off, and soon! That said, most of the pictures I’m sharing today are of harvests and kitchen cooking.
IN THE GARDEN:
Sorry for the paucity of garden pics. I’ll have you know, I probably dripped a gallon of sweat just taking these! LOL
My okra is starting to produce bunches of pods.
My large Black Krim tomato (on one of the cutting/transplants) is starting to turn red. I’m salivating already!
My Garden Wilson happened to catch this Garden Finch at my birdbath. The birds are really needing this water lately!
In this heat, my plants’ production is starting to decrease. The plants are spending most of their energy trying to bear with the stress caused by the heat. However, even with that, I think I harvested a decent amount of produce this week. I harvested a half pound of cherry tomatoes, a pound of snap beans, 3/4 pound of peppers, 3/4 pound of raspberries, 5 pounds of cucumbers, 2 1/4 pounds of eggplant, 1/4 pound of okra, and 1/2 pound of mini melons.
I also harvested my entire bed of garlic – well over 100 heads – but I haven’t weighed them yet as they’re drying in my shed. I think today I’ll clean them up and braid them. I’ll let you know next week how much I actually harvested.
In the pictures below, the produce is identified from the top, clockwise.
Harvest on June 15:
Harvest June 16:
Harvest June 18:
My raspberry harvest is winding down. I’m hoping to get a second crop in the fall. We’ll see.
My snap beans are winding down, as well. And it’s been too hot to plant the next batch.
My first melons and sweet pepper. The melons are supposed to grow small, but not this small. The green pepper should be bigger, too. I blame the heat.
Harvest June 20:
Harvest June 21:
IN THE KITCHEN:
For breakfast the other day, I ate the melons. Here’s the Golden Midget watermelon cut open. It was small, but ripe. The seeds were black and the flesh light pink. I love this variety because it turns golden yellow when it’s time to pick it.
Earlier in the week, I made a huge batch of Italian Bean Salad. It’s been great having a delicious cold salad to grab after coming in from the heat!
On Wednesday night, my Garden Wilson and I decided we should cook a garden supper. (He’s a great cook as well as a wonderful garden helper!) He marinated beef in Guiness beer then sauteed it with garlic. We also made a batch of Eggplant Fries and Fried Jalapenos. (We fried some pepperoncini with it, and that was good, too!) We also had some of the bean salad I made before. It took us a couple of hours to prepare supper, but it was well worth it! (Excuse the blurry picture. I was hungry and my hands must not have been steady.)
Yesterday, despite the heat, I was craving vegetable soup. (Thank goodness for air conditioning!) I still have quite a bit of root vegetables left in the fridge from the April harvest, so I made a batch of soup with onions, carrots, turnips, and radishes. I also added some Filius Blue peppers for spice, and the okra I’d harvested. Here’s what my okra looks like cut up. I think I need to harvest it a bit smaller though, because it was a little tough in the soup. Sure looks pretty, doesn’t it?
In addition to my garden veggies, I added store bought celery, canned tomatoes, and canned great northern and pinto beans. I then seasoned it with salt and pepper, dried parsley, and my own dried spicy oregano. Finally, I added mini shell pasta. It was delicious!
What’s happening in your garden this week?