It was really hot. Then it was really rainy. Now it is really busy at work. And, truth be told, I have been neglecting the garden. There are so many things that have to get done. And they need to happen this week!
I desperately need to build proper trellises for the cucumbers and melons. Then I need to focus, focus, focus on my tomatoes so they start producing fruit. And, last but not least, I need to figure out what I am going to plant to replace all of the greens and turnips I have been harvesting. I hate having “bald spots” in the planters.
My melons are taking off, which is really exciting. The kale and lettuce have been strong performers, too. My favorite so far has been the arugula. Last summer I planted it late and harvested it in July, and it was really bitter and almost impossible to eat without drenching it in dressing. This year, it is definitely sharp and peppery, but the flavor is not overpowering. We’ve been mixing it with a little lemon juice, some olive oil and slices of Ricotta salata.
I have a lot of ideas about what will replace these tasty crops, but no definite plans yet. For the fall harvest, I’d like to try broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, but I think it’s a little too early to start sowing them now. I might plant another quick batch of greens and maybe some radishes in the interim.