Well, the garden is still coming along. The zucchini plants are above my knees, the tomatoes are flowering, and I’ve eaten three things from it, all salads: baby beet greens, young Parris Island Cos lettuce, and last night, a shaved turnip salad. Yup, I pulled a young turnip out of the ground, and it was beautiful. I broke out the mandoline and shaved that sucker into wafer-thin slices. I dressed the turnips with lime zest, lime juice, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil (pressed by our friends in Tuscany!), and some sea salt. Wow! The citrus was a nice contrast to the somewhat peppery turnip.
The cucumbers struggled at first, but they’re starting to take off. The carrots are a big question mark, but I”m not too worried about them. I suspect the watermelon and cantaloupe aren’t get enough sun where I planted them, so they may not work. My biggest unknown is the cauliflower. I planted two different types, and one of them started to flower a couple of weeks ago. I was initially excited about that until I read that this means the plant is “going to seed” and will likely not produce cauliflower. The other type of cauliflower is growing, but I just don’t think it will produce, now that it’s so damn hot. I’ll keep hoping, but I believe I planted too late in the season. I should have switched the location of the melons with the cauliflower.
The weeds are a royal pain in the ass. I now know why people put down plastic for weed control. Live and learn, I guess.
I forgot to take decent photos, so you’ll have to live with the iPhone versions.