it’s starting to feel like autumn already. we just came out the other end of a cold snap that brought the first rain of summer, although the official total precip for that day is a bit of a letdown: .09 inches. before that, since the first day of summer, we’d had a total of .03 measly inches of rain.
back in early august i started seeds for fall: broccoli (waltham 29 and purple sprouting,) purple kohlrabi, kale (red russian and dinosaur,) fennel and purple orach. i also started holy basil, two containers of sweet basil and two hahms gelbe tomato plants--a teensy-tiny yellow cherry container variety that’s even smaller than tiny tim. those are now potted up and growing indoors on a windowsill.
i harvested an entire head of red russian kale to make room for fall seedlings. i used half of it to make dehydrated kale chips, that was all that would fit in my dehydrator, so the rest is waiting in the fridge. here’s what the area looked like before:
you can see the huge kale and lots of carrots underneath. i also harvested most of the carrots (red core chantenay and cosmic purple):
my soil won’t let me grow long carrots. no matter what they’re short and fat.
they shine like jewels when they’re all washed up.
i saved the kale stem. it’s about 2.5 feet long and a beautiful purple color. not sure what i’m going to do with it.
i’m getting lots of rattlesnake pole peas now--i planted these really late, using the space where sugar snap peas grew once they were done.
my bush beans are producing the majority of their crop pretty late this year for no good reason.
check out daphne’s dandelions for more harvests!