Here’s an overdue photo update of the garden. We’ve had so much rain here this summer. The local weather guy this morning says that we’ve already exceeded the average precipitation for the whole year. Our front door doesn’t open and close properly cause it’s swollen with moisture.
I’ll pick and choose the nice large heads to plant this fall. And won’t plant them so closely together this time. We had a nice crop of purple cauliflower too. We’d been eating a lot of it lately and I put the rest of it in the freezer last weekend. The blanching water got to looking like grape Kool Aid after the first batch.
The corn started tasseling a week or so back, and as usual, the winter squash vines are infiltrating the cornstalks. The soil behind the barn is very rich, with 13 years worth of horse manure and shavings spread out there. 3 rows of tomatoes, 7 rows of corn, and then the squash vines east to west.
The jerusalem artichokes started to flower a week or so ago. And most of the cabbages have been pulled. A few of them sort of exploded because of the excessive rain. But 2 green and 1 purple cabbage are still “heading up”.
This gloomy gray weather has brought a gang of crows to our grounds. Not sure what they’re finding scratching around in our lawn, but they spend many minutes there. Getting a picture of them is not easy, as they scatter when they see any forms moving in the windows. I have to sneak into the window frame to get a picture.
Oliver is not especially fond of the crows. They represent another rowdy element of unmanaged fauna which he would like to “manage”. Crows are probably like number 8 on his “Death To …” list.
Finally this lovely sporeprint that my wife made on a paper towel from a mushroom that was growing the in the corn patch. To make a spore print, useful in identifying fungi, you remove the stem and place the cap of the mushroom on paper. The spores drop from the underside of the cap and settle into the paper. This print almost looks like a photo of the actual mushroom’s gills.