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Gardening Happenings

Not much happening this week. It has been very rainy here, which is good for the plants, but not so good for getting out to harvest.

Mustard seeds sprouting.

Mustard seeds sprouting.

Mustard seedlings

Mustard seedlings

Yesterday, I finished harvesting the mustard seeds and harvested the cilantro/coriander seeds. The mustard and coriander are in paper bags drying in my back hallway (the warmest area of the house). The coriander smelled wonderful as I was putting it in the bag. Really looking forward to using it. Some of the mustard seed pods had started to sprout where they were touching the soil. I placed them at the base of the pea plants (greens after legumes in the rotation) and now there are a bunch of mustard seedlings growing there. I’ll have to thin them out soon.

One of my son’s yellow squash plants was attacked by a squash borer and died. And the squash growing on it was drilled into by some bug. My youngest wasn’t happy about it. Speaking of squash, I sliced up and roasted the yellow squash that I harvested. I roasted it with just salt, pepper, and olive oil. I thought it tasted great… no one else did. My kids took one bite and declared it “yucky”. Oh, well, so much for that theory (that they’d eat the fruit from their plants) and more squash for me.

Sunflower

Sunflower

The sunflowers are starting to flower. I’m loving watching them follow the sun as it moves across the sky. Even the ones that haven’t flowered yet track the sun! My kids think it is cool. Of course, Murphy’s Law strikes, when I went to take a picture this morning this one wasn’t facing the sun.

The sweet potatoes are taking over the whole garden bed and trying to expand out. I keep moving the vines back to within the confines of the blocks. The poor pumpkin is trying hard to compete for space with the invading sweet potatoes.

Cabbage

Cabbage

The cabbages are starting to develop heads. They are quite pretty looking like big flowers.

Ears of corn

Ears of corn

I have a couple ears of corn forming on the corn stalks. I shook the tops together to get them to pollinate the silks of the ears. Hopefully it worked.

Ripening black cherry tomatoes.

Ripening black cherry tomatoes.

My tomatoes are ripening. They are black cherry tomatoes and and supposed to become quite dark, but mine are staying red…not darkening. I’ve been picking them still red and they taste great.

Oh, I forgot to test my soil for nitrogen levels. I need to remember to buy the kit.

That’s all folks!

-Lorelei

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