Back at the house in the garden boxes all the lettuces and Wong Bok chinese cabbage bolted. I tried growing Red Burgundy okra for the first time and that is grasshopper chewed and looks stunted. It is a pretty plant and I would like to try planting it again. That is another variety I thought would do well with the heat. A different variety of mustard greens and early planted beets and carrots managed to get enough top growth on them to shade the soil before the heat torched everything and are doing well. For some reason these are the only veggies that are not bothered by insects. I don't understand it. None of the herbs I planted sprouted, but I am hoping that cooler weather and a thin mulch over the seed bed will make them decide to grow. I pulled the garlic and am tieing bunches together to hang and cure for a couple of weeks in the garage. The heads are on the small side, but ok otherwise.
|Sweltering in the Northwoods|
I found deer poop right in front of one of my Haralson apple trees out in the forest garden, so I have been working on my fence. Fortunately, all the fruit trees have been spared any nibbling and I hope that tightening up the fence will keep them that way.
Just look at how healthy this Hudar pear tree is without any spraying in this permaculture garden:
|Hudar pear tree|
Be safe, Everybody!