AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: The Calendar Says Summer, But... (And give-away winners) DATE: 7/01/2009 10:36:00 AM ----- BODY:
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For those of you keeping track, Boston broke all sorts of records this June, weather-wise. Many questioned if perhaps we had entered an alternate universe that combined the worst features of Seattle and London – only 5 days in the entire month were rain-free. Despite the dreary skies and cool temperatures, the garden is fairing pretty well.

I’m benefiting from a few changes, mainly that I planted more variety of spring crops. That meant that when the salad greens bolted from the heat (yes, there were a few hot sunny days back in May), I have other crops to sustain me until the summer vegetables ripen.

This week, I’ve harvested kohlrabi, kale and beets. All simply roasted with olive oil and garlic.

I no longer expect ripe tomatoes by July 4th as I had hoped before this strange weather pattern locked in over New England. Nonetheless, tomatoes continue to poke through the flowers, weighting the plants down. And though I’ve typically had little success growing heirloom varieties, the black krim shows fruit.

The cucumber plants flowered this morning announcing the location of the baby cukes – 7 – 10 days away from maturity.


----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types DATE:7/01/2009 04:12:00 PM That's a nice yield, given the soggy weather. I can't wait for the beets! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:7/01/2009 05:26:00 PM Your lovely little garden is doing much better than mine. Too much rain, too little sun, too many slugs. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Amy DATE:7/02/2009 09:25:00 AM Hey Julia!

I've also been blogging about my gardening on the Cambridge/Somerville line at and I feel your pain. When will this weather turn to summer... or will it?

Good luck! I'll be checking your blog.

--Amy ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Susan from Food Blogga DATE:7/02/2009 01:27:00 PM My in-laws from RI just told me that had 57 days of rain/clouds. Yikes! Sending sunshine your way, Susan. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Lori Lynn DATE:7/04/2009 01:20:00 PM I don't think I've ever seen a cucumber flower.

Happy Independence Day Julia!
LL ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:7/06/2009 07:42:00 AM T.W. -- I was surprised too!

Lydia -- The slugs like beer, so if you put out a dish, they will crawl right in.

Amy -- Thankfully it's starting to dry up!

Susan -- Thanks! I think it worked.

LL - Hope you had a good holiday! ----- --------