i hardly have the energy to write so this will mostly be pictures. it’s amazing what a difference july makes, in the garden and elsewhere. suddenly summer’s flying by.
lettuces stuck around longer than they reasonably should have given the hot temperatures. i started covering them with some light cotton cloth during the day which added probably two weeks to their lives.
i finally harvested the last of the red oak leaf on july 5, and as of the 10th i’m all out of home-grown lettuce.
damn good while it lasted.
now all that’s left in the salad bed is super-tasty sorrel. i seeded the empty space with cumin, black cumin and five types of basil.
it’s fun having seedlings back on my windowsill. the one on the far right is a weird story. it’s a type of ornamental eggplant called “pumpkin on a stick,” and the seeds literally took a month and a half to germinate. i figured they were duds, i wasn’t watering them and the only reason it was still around is because i’m lazy.
i stuffed some squash blossoms with rice, veggies and my first black hungarian pepper, then tied them off with chives and sautéed.
i’ve gotten three zucchini now...
a couple dozen tomatoes, favas, ground cherries and strawberries,
and one eggplant, picked july 8. i sliced it up with the zucchini and used them as pizza toppings, along with some kale, chard and parsley. the rock-ish thing in the photo is an accidentally-harvested purple majesty potato.
there’s already another eggplant ready to pick. this plant’s making me so very happy. every flower sets fruit.
same with turkish orange. there are over a dozen alien-looking little orbs swelling on its decorative, spine-free branches.
in a lot of ways this variety is more like a tomato than an eggplant.
tiny tim is an odd plant. the one i stuck in the ground is much shorter and more sprawling than container-grown, one of which is probably twice as tall but a third as wide. the fruit varies greatly in size, from about a quarter inch diameter to an inch and a half. most are around 3/4in. they started ripening at the beginning of the month, and they’re so delicious.