It has been pretty hot and dry, enough to cause this brown bat to move out of its apartment and hang out on the cool concrete wall of the garage in the shade under the deck. It is hanging upside down, you can see its ears at the bottom. I wonder what it is eating? It is so dry I don't remember seeing a mosquito this year, nor a single black fly or deer fly. But I have already had two deer tick bites, ouch, and this is prime Lyme disease territory.
How dry is it? We are in one of the worst droughts we have had in awhile. I can not find the rainfall amounts for Bolton, seems they are a secret. I did find one article that said Worcester (city or county not specified) had 6.5 inches (17 cm) of rain since January 1st. Consider that includes snow fall and that number is astounding. We get an average of 4+ inches (10 cm) of rain per month (48-53 inches/1.2-1.35 m per year). For the first half of the year we have received 1/4 our normal rainfall, and a lot of that was snow during the winter.
I really need to water the garden every day but can not always get there. It takes me two hours to water the two plots, but that does not do as thorough a job as a day long soaking rain. Most plants are getting stressed. The peas look poorly and all of the greens and brassicas are hating this weather. The harvest this week reflects the need to get things out of the garden before they are ruined. So lots of root vegetables and greens.
Lots of beets: Touchstone Gold, Paonazza D'Egitto, and a single Shiraz in the middle.
Kohlrabi and some small Korean radishes.
I harvested two of the Minuet Napa cabbages and the last Winter Density Romaine, which was bolting. After cleaning, each Minuet weighed a pound and a half (0.7 kg). I plan to use these two to make sauerkraut.
Here is a Minuet from the top. You can see it headed and blanched nicely without my having to tie it up.
The little radish here was bolting so that lead me to harvesting this batch of Alpine Korean radishes. These radishes are a type of daikon but they grow fatter and shorter than Japanese daikon and are juicier and crunchier. The larger two radishes weighed 1.25 pounds (0.6 kg) each, but that is petite by Korean radish standards. The "real" ones get over a foot long and 6 inches in diameter. I may try making kkakdugi with them, a type of kimchi made from diced radish instead of cabbage.
The Black Beauty tomatoes from Baker Creek are starting to set fruits. The very young fruits are green but they turn black very quickly. I am looking forward to trying these, but I have to figure out how to tell when they are ripe.
The Black Beauty tomatoes sucker a lot but this one is crazy. After cleaning out all the suckers from the base, I found this. It is three or four flower trusses growing out from the base of the plant, with the stems all fused together. I left it just to see what it is going to do. There are over a dozen flowers on this thing and the fruits are supposed to get quite large.
That's what happened in my garden last week. To see what other gardeners around the world are doing, visit Dave at Our Happy Acres, our host for Harvest Monday