This spring, our broccoli was our biggest disappointment. Instead of purchasing the seed we normally do, our dad believed the hype on burpee.com for their Sun King Hybrid Broccoli: “Tight blue-green heads stand up against the heat of summer.” Wrong.
This description was not true at least for us (and a couple of reviewers on the website).
Horribly disappointed after all the work we did. The heads were small and anything but tight. Side-shoots were thin and gangly. So, these plants are getting ripped out and in the fall, we will be growing what we know is good: Packman Hybrid Broccoli from Park’s.
Seems like we have a lot of pests this year, notably the striped cucumber beetle and flea beetle. We have included a picture of a weed we have in our garden. Sorry we don’t know what it is, but if you have this weed in your garden and have spotted cucumber beetles on your cucumber plants, do not pull the weed up! These weeds grow very large and have thick stalks, and cucumber beetles seem to go for these more than our cucumber plants.
As for the flea beetles, the chickens are once again allowed in the gardens and they are taking care of them.
Picked enough kale/chard today to make 3 quiches which everyone enjoys hot or cold. Grabbed some peas to go with the last of that bad broccoli tonight.
We’ve almost finished cleaning up the pine tree we felled. A friend loaned us his splitter so we can finish faster. We are getting a pretty good start on our wood pile this year and that’s good.
Lastly, here’s what our avocado tree looks like now. Our mom cut the top after three good leaves. She is attempting a bonsai, but we’ll see what really happens. If it doesn’t turn out well, our dad might be eating another avocado 🙂 Also, I don’t know why that one leaf looks so big. In reality, they are all just about the same size. Weird angle I guess.