Notes from the Trial Gardens: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

–The second crop of  _____ Radish that we are trialing was finished off today.  If all goes well, my plan is to put in some of our current favorite varieties to examine late summer stresses.  Will probably plant German Giant, White Icicle, French Breakfast, and others.  Also have a yellow radish that I’m interested in trying.  Oooo, and it is time to get those winter radishes like April Cross (Daikon), Black Spanish,  and Watermelon/Red Meat in.

–Despite Mother Nature sending us a unseasonably cool summer, the bush snap and wax beans are finally ready to pick for the first time.

–The cool weather has also stunted the summer squashes and zucchinis.  The plants have been pampered and yet are barely a foot tall and trying to flower.  Those flowers just happened to disappear because someone is hoping that we will get some heat and finally make all that water and fertilizer work!  No names as to who has been picking off the flowers…

–The tomatoes continue to go to town on setting!  Can’t wait until we get some ripe fruits!

–A new addition (at least for me) is our Double Click Cosmos.  I have been eagerly anticipating their blooming, and today was not disappointed.  The first has opened and was a pink one.  Beautiful!

–Sunflowers continue to be a bit on the short side, but given this summer, I’m not surprised.


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