Sunday, May 20, 2012
Last weekend we ended the peas' run this spring by pulling up the plants to make room for the beans and cukes around the pit. That left us with a pile of peas and a couple hours of shelling last saturday. It turned out to be a good time to start the new seeds because Sunday afternoon it started raining and it didn't let up until wednesday. We got 4 inches of rain in 4 days and a couple of nice storms to boot. Everything except for the okra seemed to like the conditions. The okra seedlings that are still alive are looking very frail. It's supposed to be in the 80's and push into the 90's this week so I'll replant the okra seeds again.
The few beets that we have are huge, the tomatoes that we planted in the main garden at the end of March are gigantic- some over 6 feet tall, and I harvested the onions and garlic today after a pretty good spring growing season. The tomatoes are growing so fast that I cant go a whole week without tying them up. I'm keeping the mulch thick and that's probably not helping the okra, but weeds haven't been much of an issue- yet.
Since my soccer season ended a week-and-a-half ago i got home early a couple of days this week and made dinner. One night I picked some Swiss Chard, rinsed it off, deveined it, and cut it into inch-wide strips so I could steam it. It turned out really good. It tasted a lot like spinach but we don't have any fresh spinach now as it went to seed a couple of weeks ago. The chard is a tasty green and it is attractive with it's multicolored stems there in the pit.