Just a quick garden update! We've had two hail and rain storms in the past two days, but the gardens have mostly come away unscathed.
The little patch of wheat I grew in the Little Garden was bent over, but not broken. And it sure looks nice in the post-storm sunshine! The barley was also quite bent over, although the flax made it through OK. The flax is now starting to bloom as well, with bright blue flowers. The celtuce I grew there is still going strong, along with the chicory, onions, carrots and garlic. The turnips seem to be doing well too, although not very many of those seeds germinated. Both kinds of beets (red and golden) seem to be growing, but they are taking their time about it.
In the Big Garden, the potatoes took a bit of a pounding, along with the pumpkins, but they were mostly upright again the next day. One of my corn stalks was bent right over, but it wasn't broken so I just propped it up and firmed the soil around it. We'll see if that one survives. Also in Big Garden news, I have harvested all of the radishes now, and so I have a space to plant something else. I'm thinking I will put some spinach in there, since my other spinach has bolted. I may also plant some kale, because it grows so quickly, and the guinea pigs and I just adore the stuff!
One more Big Garden note: One of the butter cup squash plants is pretty much taking over the garden! Next year I will definitely keep the squash plants to the outer perimeter of the garden, so the stalks don't take over my walkway and the carrots and everything else!
I sure do pay more attention to the weather now that I have a garden. It gives me just a small taste of what farmers worry about every day, and even more appreciation for the food I get to eat all year long.
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