Thursday, July 31, 2014

Country Fair & Gardening Notes

I've lived in this city for 10 years now.  Together with my husband who has lived here nearly his entire 43 years, we attending the local country fair for the first time. A friend encouraged us to enter the Home and Garden competition.  Well, we do live in a small city, so the competition wasn't fierce in many of the categories, but we're proud, nonetheless. The fair was so much fun we went both days last weekend.

My husband's "Avengers"

My sock monkey
My cross-stitching
Some baked goods and beet pickles.

Our first shaved ice!
The garden is still doing awesome.

  • Look at the one last, enormous lettuce!
  • A few weeks ago the peas finished up.
  • Beans are in full swing right now and we're steaming them for dinner and pickling them for later.
  • Cukes get eaten faster than they grow. 
  • The cauliflower is nice.  So far, out of the five heads we have one 'perfect' looking one.  The rest are smaller and purplish but still delicious.
  • Cabbage heads are starting to form and the slugs think they're delicious.
  • Celery had to go.  It was spindly, woody and bitter.
  • The dill has been awesome for the dilly beans.
  • 2nd plantings of radish, greens, beets and carrots are coming along.
  • I can see the first glimpses of tiny broccoli which we planted from seed.
  • Our carrots have been less than impressive.
  • The bell & hot peppers look great.
I'm going to do some more planting this weekend.  
 Our notes so far for next year:
  • Definately stagger our planting a lot more so everything isn't coming up at once.  At least for the items we can't easily preserve.
  • Plant earlier!
  • Plant onions from seed.  The maggots got all ours this year when other gardeners have awesome ones.
  • Tie up the cauliflower to see how blanching the heads helps.
  • Plant all shell peas and not bother with snap peas.
  • Only plant a few cabbage.  I'm afraid 10 heads will be more than we need!
  • Skip the arugula.

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