Its been a crazy summer and I'm ready to get back to blogging again. Every camera in my house is currently AWOL, so for a bit I'll just have to give you descriptions - or crummy pictures with my phone!
Tonight I closed up front and back flaps and the side walls of the high tunnel. There's a bumper crop waiting inside and I'm nervous that our 61-degree weather -with a forecasted drop to 57-degrees will not do my green tomatoes, growing peppers, and not-quite-ripe cantaloupe and watermelons a bit of good! Is it really August 11th?
Cucumbers are coming out of my ears. I grew three varieties in the high tunnel and I'm very happy with them. Two of the three are Picklebush, a short vining cucumber, with perfect for dill pickles sized fruits and Oriental Express, a variety that looks very similar to a beautiful English cucumber but with a slightly tougher and more bitter skin. Oriental Express cucumbers seem to grow longer and longer instead of getting fat and seedy and though I prefer them peeled, the inner flesh is very mild. The third cucumber I'm growing is a classic slicing cucumber with a thicker waxy skin and better keeping ability named Marketmore. It gets large and seedy, but when picked the thicker skin helps it keep a little longer in the fridge or on the shelf.
Tomorrow I'll talk about my outside (weed?)garden.