written by Yvonne
We are at that part of summer where it's all about harvesting. So far, only three possible tomato plants have popped up (very sad about that), but peppers, basil, oregano, and okra are all on their way. I'm hoping this is my year for cucumbers. I've gotten some in the past but not nearly enough. We harvest two last night and had those as a salad with dinner.
There are a LOT more coming out on the vines so it's just a matter of getting to them before the bugs do. One reason we might actually have successful cucumbers this year? T's bees! I even caught one in action.
Squash has been plentiful as always.
Last night, along with our cucumber salad, Tom made fried squash. We added a dash of Texas Pete to them and they were YUM YUM!
We finally got around to hanging the garlic we pulled up last week. We found a perfect spot for them to dry where they are outside but not in direct sun, and no 4-legged creatures can get to them.
Each clove we planted produced a nice, big bulb. Once they have dried for several weeks, we will cut off the stems and roots and knock the dirt off. You have to be somewhat delicate with them until they are dried so less handling is better.
Weekly followers of TY VeggiePatch may recall that Tom was given a fig tree by a friend. She's got a big heart for felines, but her thumb? Not so green. Here is what it looked like when the pitiful thing came to our 'farm' on May 7.
And here is what it looks like now, about 6 or 7 weeks later! Truth be told, we haven't done a whole lot to it other than add some nutrients into the soil and water it occasionally. Once the weather cools off some, we'll find a place for it in the yard and make it a permanent addition to TY's Farm.
This 'volunteer' sunflower just popped up on the side of the house. Beautiful!