July is kind of a funny month. Everything is just working hard to grow. There isn’t a whole lot to do in the garden, except of course keep it watered and tidy. When we left town last week I set up sprinklers to come on each morning at 6:30. Upon our return I notice that I don’t hurry out to the garden each morning for my watering ritual; therefore I’m not tuned into the grooming and weeding.
The weather has become more stable. Nice warm days; not too hot. The weatherman says it’s our first July since 1993 to not reach 90 degrees. Fine with me. Hopefully warm enough to ripen my tomatoes. Every time I brush past the bushes I am filled with their wonderfully summery scent and the promise of things to come. There are loads of hard green tomatoes and I’ve eaten a few ripe Sungolds.
The beets are coming right along. Fairly healthy looking tops.
I’ve pulled out all of the garlic and have it drying in the shed. I’ve added compost to the garlic bed and will let it sit. I also pulled out the last of the peas and have started a new crop with a bit more structure in place.
I am concerned that one of my asparagus plants appears to be female. She is full of hard, pea-sized seeds. I’ve talked to people at three nurseries and they were fairly vague about what to do or if it’s a problem. It was suggested that I shouldn’t pull her out but I can cut away the seedy fronds before they burst forth in the fall. Any ideas or suggestions???
Things to do: Keep weeding
Pull out onions
Plant more radishes
Cross fingers for tomato harvest