It’s a real scorcher out there. The thermometer says 83º, but Accuweather has Bogue Banks with a RealFeel® of 93º.
We apparently also have thunderstorms on the way bringing approximately 1.37″ of rain.
Considering we’ve not watered our garden once since planting months ago, we enjoy every bit of rain the Lord sends, but thankfully, with the woodchip covering, we don’t have to panic over hot days like we’ve had lately because the soil beneath the covering remains moist.
Everyday a harvest
Lately, we’ve been harvesting garden peas and squash from the garden.
We’ve also been able to pull a few carrots, although I think the rest are just now starting to get to the point of readiness. Isaac was so anxious a few days ago, though, so I let him go ahead and pluck out a few, although they had really not grown to their full potential yet. 😀
I’ve found the solution to that bumpy crookneck squash is to use my apple peeler to shave off the warty-looking thick skin, leaving only a thin layer of skin before slicing and cooking them up with onions.
We’re also seeing lots of canteloupes and tomatoes growing on their respective vines. I can hardly wait to be able to finally harvest some of those!
Our potato plants have blossoms — and my grandparents told me that if I scratch around near the surface I might find a few pearls we can go ahead and harvest — but I’ve not found anything growing beneath them other than roots. No tubers yet. Not sure what’s going on there, but I’ll report back if anything changes.
The corn is nice and sturdy. We’re hoping to have some ready for harvest in time for the fourth of July.
I’m also glad to see our onions are coming up in slow succession. After my son and I planted our homemade organic seed tapes, I had initially worried that they would never sprout, as weeks went by with absolutely no action. We did end up planting a few more seeds, and then just after that, some from the original seed tapes started to sprout, so now it appears we’ll have two harvest times on our carrots and onions.
The jalapeños and tomatillos seem to be taking forever to produce fruit, but at least I’m finally starting to see some blossoms.
The spaghetti squash we planted is growing beautifully. The fruits are enormous, but I think we’re still a good long while from getting to the harvest stage with them.