The (Belated) Tuesday View – May 31

I’m joining with Cathy at Words and Herbs who hosts The Tuesday View, an opportunity to share the view of one or more of our gardens throughout a growing season. I’ve chosen to alternate views between a few areas of Coppertop on Tuesdays and am posting  on Wednesday this week due to yesterday being hectic, with crappy weather to boot.

Today we return to the veggie garden, shown from each side three weeks ago and today.

1veg1

 

2veg2

We’ve gone from unseasonably cool to unseasonably hot weather too rapidly. Yesterday we had some relief with thunder showers. Most of the veggies have responded enthusiastically to the recent heat; the potato field is greening up as spuds send up shoots, lettuces are offering good harvests, and peas are doing that climbing thing they do.

 

 

A few plants have bolted in the heat, including the overwintered Red Russian kale and a few of the spinach plants. I harvested almost all of the kale and am allowing a few plants to go to seed which I’ll gather for next season. I’ll replant the bed with broccoli starts and Prizehead lettuce seed to allow staggered harvests.

kaleflower

The biggest change overall in the veggie garden is the installation of an awesome new drip irrigation system. Hooray for Hubby! All of our water comes from a well which I first wrote about here. Each of the raised beds, bean and pea trellises, asparagus hedge, potato field, and cucurbit hills are now irrigated, and an automatic timer allows watering in zones a few early mornings each week. This saves me many, many hours spent hand watering the beds. We selected a large kit from Dripworks, a California company, and couldn’t be happier with the quality of product, ease of installation, and customer service.

On the entry arch, the Akebia quinata or chocolate vine is just beginning to bloom, spreading its sweet aroma. I’m such a sucker for fragrant plants!

akebia

6 thoughts on “The (Belated) Tuesday View – May 31

  1. We had the same sudden transition from unseasonably cool to very hot! The garden seems to cooe with anything though. Your veg patch looks great. And the irrigation system sounds like a very good idea too.

    Like

  2. I always enjoy seeing your vegetable garden, it’s so neat and productive. I may follow you into the world of irrigation since I hate watering soooo much. Last year before a vacation I hastily ran a line to one of the larger annual beds and the difference was amazing. Maybe I can finally treat the vegetables to the same!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s