Hello, gardening McDougallers!
Summer is setting in here--and though all of the summer crops like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini are growing well, none look ready for harvest for quite some time. It's a s-l-o-w season this year.
In the meantime, I picked my basil crop (my husband calls it 'pesto on the hoof') and in the process I figured out exactly how to know when it's time to pick the basil. You know when it gets that little flower bud on top? Well, go back in time about three days and it will be perfect.
I had to compost quite a bit of it, but at least there's enough tender leaves there for a batch of pesto later today.
I picked UP another couple pounds of nice apricots from the ground. Our apricot tree has rarely produced anything during the past 10 years or so since I planted it. This year it's a bonanza! I canned 7 small jars of apricot preserves and have two batches of ready-to-cook apricots in the freezer. We had some of the preserves on pancakes. Yum! (The preserves have sugar in them, but I figure it's no worse than maple syrup which we occasionally have on pancakes.)
Another strange thing is our leeks--I plant leeks every year and we usually start harvesting them in the fall. This year, they are already ENORMOUS in July! Why is that? Maybe they really like cool weather? So, I started pulling (digging, actually) every other one to leave them more space. By fall, these will be as big as TREES! We had a wonderful potato-leek stew last night. I wonder if I should dry some of them in the dehydrator? Has anyone dried leeks before?
I suddenly realized, with my expanded garden and the long delay in plant growth, once the tomatoes, etc are ready I am going to be VERY BUSY around here! I am pleased, but dreading it at the same time! What have I gotten myself into?
I look forward to hearing more about your gardens!