Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

It is pouring rain in the above picture. Our yard and pastures are filled with giant puddles. We have had a little over 6" of rain since May 12 - that's lots of rain and things are growing like crazy. I had to mow today - finally - between showers as you can see by the looks of the sky in the picture below. You can see how green everything is and if you look closely on the lower right you will see the difference between where I mowed and the grass unmowed.
The garden is lush including so so many weeds. That's my next project. I did get out to pick some of the produce though...
Fresh radishes from the garden, chilling...there is nothing like the spicy bite of radishes from the garden with a little salt and sometimes also a little real butter with the salt. If you haven't tried it, you must.
The greens including heirloom red 'mascara' lettuce, spinach and beet tops. Last night I had a fresh salad with these greens along with radishes, lentils & feta cheese on top then splashed with good balsamic vinegar and fragrant EVOO. Yum! 
The tomato seedlings are so ready to go into the ground in the garden but it's been too wet. The peppers and hollyhocks are in the same boat. Hopefully this week they'll get planted.
Spinach, Swiss chard and carrots at various stages from succession planting
Peas, radishes, beets -- again succession plantings
The potatoes are thriving! Looks like we'll have a good crop this year. Both methods of planting are thriving.
Today we are having 25-35 mph winds and 90+ degree heat & thunderstorms are predicted for this evening. Hopefully nothing severe. But the respite from the rain and daily drizzle is so nice. When you are a gardener, weather becomes a very interesting topic as you can see!

And, finally, I have to share this picture of our crazy wildlife around here. I put out an orange half for the oriole's that have been visiting our feeders since it is mentioned in all the bird books. I've never seen one oriole at the orange half but look who visited and ate the entire thing, section by section leaving only the skin!
I had no idea that squirrels liked oranges
Hope you are having a fun Memorial Day holiday weekend,

1 comment:

Kaye M said...

Hi, Your vegetable garden looks great! We've had radishes and green onions but the lettuce and spinach have a ways to go! Don't you just love those fresh salads!! The wind is absolutely horrid today! Our kids from Omaha came for the day and they are on their way home now so hope they don't run into any bad weather. Is Mark feeling better these days? He's had quite an ordeal, I hope he is feeling stronger and getting back to normal. It was fun to see your photos,