Monday, August 11, 2008
A Late Summer Garden
The sunshine of the past few days may save our garden. Some crops growing outdoors - peas. potatoes. rhubarb, carrots, beets, broccoli and green cabbage - are doing OK, if late and reduced in volume. But three in particular - green beans, red cabbage and artichoke may fail. I remember a couple of summers in the early or mid- 90s, when we didn't get green beans. And artichokes are always sketchy, but red cabbage?
Here's a green bean plant and its flowers:
Here is a flush of leaves - artichoke, poppy, Italian parsley and burdock. The burdock leaves show holes from the "marble-sized" hail they endured last Friday:Inside the greenhouse, the last of the main basil crop is ready for harvest, and over 100 tomatoes are ripening:
Arugula are flowering for salads and ripening for seed:
And cilantro flowers are beginning to turn into seed berries: