Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anticipation!

The anticipation of waiting for the garden to get growing is killing me....I admit that I have not been a patient gardener this season...the cool temps and the constant rain has surely slowed down production....but a few plants are making a marked improvement since last week....especially the cauliflower.

We planted two different varieties of cauliflower this year. One is called Amazing and I have had great luck with it in the past. The other is called Buttercream. Although a slow start, they now both appear to be doing quite well and starting to form heads. Last year we blanched and froze a bunch of it and it was soooo nice to have in stir fry, soups and stews during the cold winter months.

The broccoli heads were all harvested from the family garden last week (luckily before they set flowers)....now we have some flowerets shooting up and after those are done then we will start planting a fall crop of broccoli. I have had wonderful results with a variety called Pac Man although this year we added the DeCicco variety as well. The Pac Man definitely won out on the nice compact heads but both are great in flavor.
The zucchini are now beginning to flower and the cabbage should be ready soon. We planted both green and red cabbage called Salad Delight...I'm looking forward to making coleslaw!

The Walla Walla Sweet Onions are tempting me to pluck one....they look so good : ) In my home garden I also have Texas Candy Sweet reds and yellows growing. Last year they grew the size of saucers....and they were most excellent in flavor.

In other gardening news, many of my flowers are in full bloom...one of my favorites is Clematis....I have several varieties....but probably couldn't tell you what they are Lol! I am much more of a vegetable grower than a flower gardener....nevertheless, I love the bright colors. I'm just so excited that summer is finally here in North Idaho....today we reached 95F...The plants are loving it....and I am too! YAY for summer!






9 comments:

  1. It's funny how some people brach towards veggies and some branch towards flowers. I'm more of a flower girl. Veggies just don't want to grow well for me! :)

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  2. I will grow anything that will survive. I'm not picky.

    Could you send a little bit of summer to Southern California? Fog. Cold. Mid 70's yesterday. Blech!

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  3. All of my cauliflowers have bolted. I curse the hot weather.

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  4. Kyna, I do gravitate towards veggie growing however, I have several perennial flowers but I don't have to do much with them...which is always a good thing : )

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  5. Turling, I wish I could send you some sun....that same gloomy weather just left Idaho a week ago...today is mid 90s! Yay!

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  6. Thomas, I'm sorry yours bolted....one variety of my broccoli bolted as well....nevertheless, I'm loving the heat here... Hopefully you guys get a break soon : ) On a positive note, I bet your tomatoes are thriving in the heat.

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  7. I love your clematis! They are some of my favorite things to take photos of.

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  8. Well, I guess that I'll be getting the same contentment seeing a flowers coming from a plant. They're also pretty but not as pretty as real flowers, like roses and tulips.

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