The shallots are looking good despite the late planting and their being nearly over grown by weeds. The first 2 years I grew them I planted them in the fall for overwintering (2010 and 2011). After being away all summer, the fall was crazy and I did not get them planted, so Dan helped me get the shallots in on May 6 in hopes of at the very least having a fall seed crop. They don’t look quite as lush as they did in June 2011, but I’m happy, especially as they have regrouped nicely after a thorough Dan-man weeding, followed by a good watering, treatment of fish emulsion, and mulching with grass clippings.
The potatoes, planted last Monday, are up and after a rain shower are even bigger than pictured. More rain showers are predicted today, after which I’ll fill them in with some more soil to encourage more taters. My cukes, zucchini and Futsu Black winter squash are up. I was fortunate to discover some Johnny’s Diva cukes at a local nursery, and purchased some when my Socrates cukes, in the back of the first
tomato cage cuke trellis, were slow to sprout. Since then, two of the three Socrates cukes have sprouted but I’ll leave them just in case. I have room for an additional cuke trellis for a later planting if the striped cucumber beetles are bad.
I also discovered some Flying Saucers summer squash at the same nursery that had the Diva cukes, and purchased them as I had forgotten to buy seed. I love their nutty flavor and funky shape. I’ve got the squashes all covered with floating row cover to deter the striped cucumber beetles and squash bugs. I’ll pull the cover when the plants begin to blossom. I’d like to make some kind of cover for the trellised cukes, but haven’t managed that yet, and given the extensive home improvement project list, it probably won’t happen this year. Ah well.
Today it is very humid and sticky, as it was yesterday, ugh. Perfect weather for sanding our living room floor. NOT, but oh well. I’m working on the edges today but the majority of the sanding is done and looks great. When and if we have a break from the humidity, we’ll put on some polyurethane, and until then, we take our shoes off at the door.