Well, that’s good: it was for only six short weeks that potatoes were off the menu here. These Yukon Golds made a fine accompaniment to the roast chicken we had to celebrate Father’s Day. Potatoes this early in the season can only mean two things: one, they had to have been volunteers (indeed), and two, the freak-warm winter had a lot to do with their early maturity. So into a parchment paper envelope they went with butter and salt and…a stapled edge.
In order for me to repeat this gap between one potato harvest and the next, I just need wacky hot weather and to miss harvesting all of last year’s potatoes. Uh, no thanks. Keep the weather; Ill work on my harvest skillz.
But everything’s a mite early. Cherries, first blueberries: normally strawberries alone command our fruity attention at this time of year. Roses come and gone. First garlic pulled. Peas done (thankfully: we harvested 3 gallons (!) of them this weekend).
All this earliness doesn’t mean I am any happier that the new greenhouse remains a month behind my schedule. But it’s now planted at least. I suppose I ought to be glad the scalding temperatures of February killed my first tomato, eggplant and pepper seedlings off because it’s the second round of the same that are planted here at what fortuitously was the perfect size for transplanting. Small mercies.
And yes, it’s only I who could think that 76 tomato, 15 eggplant, and 6 pepper plants (and 6 artichokes, 4 sweet potatoes and dozens of chard and basil plants) mean the new greenhouse is underplanted. It’s the layout that’s throwing me off. The other greenhouses are oriented N-S and this new one is E-W but the beds are continuous (and all point E-W in all cases). These beds are all 4′-0″ wide, running the greenhouse’s 32′ length. The beds in the other greenhouses are wee 3’x6′ things for the most part with lots of paths between. I still think the E-W orientation of any bed is best at this latitude; had the other greenhouses been planted like this one there’d be too much shadowing of the crops in the center beds.
Greenhouse building aside, mid-June is actually a not-too-busy time in the gardens (pea picking excepted). I’m just watering and weeding now; first crops are coming out and new ones follow in the empty spots. It’s a nice pace, frankly, just standing with the hose in one’s hand, watching things grow.