We just never stop being incredibly busy around here. The baking business is doing well (which means more work) and the garden is doing well (which means more work) and we got a ton of rain (which means a lot of weeds). Not that I’m complaining, everything seems to be doing really well, so I’m pretty happy with it!
Made Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam last week! I got 39 half pints out of my flat of strawberries. I would have gotten more but it was extremely hot and humid, so we had mold growing at an extreme rate. I lost three quarts of strawberries to it, but the jam is great! We’re selling some down at the Farmer’s Market and people seem to be pretty excited about it!
We mound (mounded?) up the dirt around the potatoes and mulched them in with some old straw we had. That should keep the weeds down and bit and also get us more potatoes! They are growing pretty fast now with all the rain we had!
Got my first 2 blueberries today! They were pretty decent as far as blueberries go. I’m not a huge blueberry person, but they aren’t bad. I’m happy the plants are doing well though!
The climbing roses we put in bloomed a bit! The yellow were the first ones to bloom as you can see. We have another bush that is Pink with yellow centers, I’m pretty excited about those ones. I do like roses, I’ve just never been able to have any.
Other than that, we are attempting to weed the beds. We have the cabbage/lettuce/beet bed almost done. The kale/broccoli/cucumber/herb bed is almost done. The potatoes are done. Next I have to thin the corn out a bit, weed it, then weed the other beds. Unfortunately I’m going to have some issues avoiding flower seeds that seem to have never sprouted, but they could have been choked out by the weeds, I have no idea.
We still have a very large patch in one bed that has NOTHING in it….I’m not really sure what to do with it. The weeds come up too fast to plant flowers from seed and I don’t have any more grass mulch because our mower won’t properly bag it. I’m not sure if I should just cardboard the area and forget about it until next year or what. I also don’t want to put perennials in there because I may include more vegetables next year and I’ll need the space. I never put in my parsnips, my carrots did not come up and I didn’t put in dill yet, so there still might be hope for that area, we’ll see.
Also, I have a TON of these little flies on my fruit trees. They are black, small and usually have white butts. I think they are fruit flies. Got any organic ways of getting rid of them? They don’t seem like they are doing damage, but they don’t want to get off the plants either.
Have a good weekend and a happy father’s day! Oh, and happy Midsummer!
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