The summer is still cool. I think we made it out of the seventy's for a whole 3 or 4 days. But nothing hot enough to tame the rhubarb or the peas, like usual summers around here.
One experiment that turned out lovely this year was my edgings. I read about potagers half way through the growing season and fell in love with the clean look of edged gardens. Regardless of how garden beds ringed in boxwood makes me swoon, the last thing we need around here is more blasted hedges to maintain.
So i used a mix of radish and carrot seeds to outline the corn bed. Radish is especially advantageous, because they sprout in like, a day. Therefore, little people will not inadvertently step in a bed because they will see something is there. :) The carrots i knew we'd have use for, but the radishes...well, i hadn't ever had any luck with them because you have to keep them so moist. This year in the PNW however... Lo! and behold, Cookie the Veggie Hater discovered that she loves radishes. The French way, of course, sliced, on bread with a shmear of butter. My kid's eatin' veg...hallelujah!
|black cherry toms|
|green beans, fall chard, and scallions|
It sure will be nice to have a bigger place someday to grow all these things. Won't have to feel like i need to squeeze it all in. ;)