Monster beets

Monster beet

I knew I was staying busy and I knew I was neglecting the garden. But it really hit home when I looked at the long neglected beets. Oops. This one was about the size of a large grapefruit. They’re usually harvested when they’re the size of a fist.

Monster monster beet

I remembered to weigh this one before we cut it up (“Honey, would you get out the chainsaw?”) It was slightly over 7 pounds without the greens and roughly the size of a large cantaloupe.

If you have the opportunity to find beets fresh enough to have attached leaves, the greens are very tasty and loaded with nutrients.

Despite their heft these weren’t woody and were very tasty. If I had more time I’d have pickled and canned them. But then if I had more time I’d have harvested them a month ago.

Movable feasters

Gulls

Wet weather brings inland flocks of gulls that move from yard to yard eating earthworms that are driven to the surface by water. The gulls squabble over landing rights, territory, and whatever else gulls find to fuss about.

That is standing water you see in the foreground. Yesterday we saw small birds happily bathing and splashing about in our grass. It’s been worse.

Temporary visitor

Canada goose

We had enough rain last Sunday to cause minor flooding in our yard. There is a small seasonal pond that catches runoff from our roofs and it overflowed. That caught the attention of Canada geese and mallard ducks that have visited all week. I know the geese can be an annoyance but if they don’t overstay their welcome they can be very pretty.

Growing season

Collage lettuce

Lettuce grows beautifully here. Convinced that the wind and cool weather wouldn’t treat it right I put it all in pots in the greenhouse the first year I had a garden. It did fine. The next year I put half of the starts in the green house and half went outside. The greenhouse stuff did fine. The outside stuff yelled, “Bring it on!” and grew like gangbusters. This year I’ve grown enough to feed an army. Salad, anyone?