It's early June and the garden is in full tilt- greens are aplenty- arugala, buttercrunch lettuce, mizzuna, and sorrel. Tomatoes and tomatatillos are flowering as are the cucumbers. The okra, peppers and eggplant look healthy, and the corn grows a foot every week. Melons are not far behind. Unfortunately, the weeds love this weather too. I am trying to combat them with a newspaper and mulch combo and it seems to be working. Pictures to follow.
It seems I am not alone this year in increasing the scope of my garden plot. The New York Times reports today in an interesting article how home gardening is reaching heights not seen in 20 years.
"George C. Ball Jr., owner of the W. Atlee Burpee Company, said sales of vegetable and herb seeds and plants are up by 40 percent over last year, double the annual growth for the last five years. “You don’t see this kind of thing but once in a career,” he said. Mr. Ball offers half a dozen reasons for the phenomenon, some of which have been building for the last few years, like taste, health and food safety, plus concern, especially among young people, about global warming."
Let your garden grow