The heat kept me out of the garden for most of this week, but I sucked it up yesterday and spent an intense hour taking care of some things.
Tomatoes are ripening, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers are starting to produce, and beans are appearing on various vines and bushes around the yard. I picked a small heap of purple bush beans, the first sweet red peppers, and more tiny raspberries. The first blackberry is always my favorite. Two years ago a family friend gave me a mature rhubarb plant and it finally looked ready to harvest last night! I need to do something special with it to celebrate.
My cauliflower experiment failed miserably, so I pulled that row to make room for some fall garden planting. The broccoli is still sending up a good handful of side shoots a week, but it may be time to pull those as well to make use of the space. I'm aiming for a fall garden of broccoli, beets, garlic, spinach, and shelling peas. Maybe some rutabaga if I can find seed locally. I'm also hoping to get another cucumber plant or two started this weekend for a late crop of pickles.
Hard to believe July is half over and it's time to start thinking about a winter garden!