Early Sunday mornings in the garden are my new favorite thing. The neighborhood is so quiet at 7am.
The seeds sowed last Sunday (6/2) are all starting to sprout: pole and bush beans, lima beans, beets, radishes, watermelon, sunflowers, red popcorn, and jarrahdale pumpkins.
I also put in a few more tomato plants and a paprika pepper. I am ridiculously excited about growing/drying/grinding my own paprika. There are yellow squash and zucchini growing under the tee pee trellises. I'm experimenting with the native american "three sisters" planting technique - with purple pole beans to run up the supports and dwarf sunflowers or red popcorn on various sides of the trellises.
Dad helped run the string trellis along the garage wall again. I've got Kentucky wonder beans along the back row, with sunflowers, jarrahdale pumpkins, and blacktail mountain watermelons in the middle. I'm hoping to train the pumpkin and watermelon vines to grow into the strawberry tunnel in front, to keep the squirrels away.
I harvested the first big lot of snow peas, the last of the broccoli heads, half of the last row of radishes, some kale and oregano, and a handful of strawberries. The sister got a big bag of spinach, which is almost done for the season.
We're drowning in peas now - there are too many for two people to eat. Especially when one of those two people has a mild legume allergy. Next year I'm only growing a tiny row, just enough for a few fresh meals.
I fired up the charcoal grill on Sunday afternoon and made a huge stir fry with the garden veg and some local steak. The steak cooked on one half of the grill, while the veg wilted down in a foil roasting pan on the other side. Minimal mess Sunday cooking!
I continue to be impressed with how well everything is growing compared to last year. And I continue to cross my fingers that we avoid drought for as long as possible this summer.