Holy heck it’s hot! First a cool damps spring, then an overnight switch into hot & humid have marked our summer here at Henbogle. The very wet June has led to a bumper crop if mosquitoes and biting flies, here, and those, combined with the heat and humidity during the day, are making gardening exceptionally unpleasant.
The garden grows, though a lot of things got off to a very slow start. Still, the shallots look good, the potatoes are blossoming, there are green tomatoes on the vine, and the spring broccoli and cauliflower was good. The broccoli, though, even my beloved Piracicaba, has been slow to give me side shoots.
The snap peas came and went in a flash, and I’ve had some destructive nibbling of my lettuce crop, so garden eating hasn’t been super to date. It is a good thing I’ve got fabulous nearby farms and farm markets. Late blight has been confirmed in Western Massachusetts, sigh, meaning it is more than likely we’ll have it here sooner than later. I’ll hope I can get some new potatoes and fried green tomatoes if nothing else.
Of course the weeds are flourishing with the early plentiful rain and hit weather/absent weeder. Sigh. Dan Man and I watered and weeded a bit last night, until the biting flies drove me inside. The watering brought on a nice thundershower, so the other gardens we did not water got some needed rain, and we got a lovely light show. No such luck that the storm would usher in cooler air, we have more of the same until Sunday.
At least inside we have air conditioning on the first floor, so we’ve been keeping busy with painting and house projects. I’ve got some dear old friends coming to visit next week, so Henbogle is being buffed and waxed to a glow. More on that next.