Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bring On The Heat

It is a gloriously HOT, sunny day today and the plants are busily making chlorophyll.  Thank goodness.  The rain barrels are still full and the ground is still holding moisture from the weeks of rainy weather.  R. grilled smokies and turkey hot dogs outside on our little "Canadian Tire Special" charcoal BBQ for lunch.  Chapman's ice cream bars for dessert.  It feels like summer.

I discovered a rogue tomato growing beside the Beurre de Rocquencourt wax beans (which, to my dismay, aren't looking too starry).   The tomato is in the bottom left-hand corner.

The greens are doing beautifully!  I had a big salad yesterday - spinach, mesclun mix, and Black Seeded Simpson lettuce.


My poor kale bed.  It's a good thing kale and chard are considered  hardy.  I guess we'll see just how hardy they actually are.  We realized the day after I planted the seeds that the top 6" of this raised bed is mostly clay.  Arhg!  Some Swiss Chard, Red Russian kale, Lacinato kale, collards, endive (or could be weeds - who knows?) and two nasturtims have broken the surface, but have not exactly flourished. 


Some of the marigolds have started to open.  :)


Neighbour's cat, Butters, relaxing in the shade near the back fence.


The corn is coming along nicely.  (That's a container of three pumpkins in the upper right-hand corner)


Perennial green onions, the only things that will grow in this odd little corner at the back of the house.

Our Saj snoozing in the beans.


My healthiest looking eggplant.  Not huge, but the rest are even smaller.  Yikes.  


Another neighbour's cat, Karl, having a bath in the garden.


A nasturtium, some carrots, and leeks.


Saj and Karl, lounging.

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