Maybe I should call this the "heatbreak" edition! Because there has been both this week! Our awful heatwave finally broke yesterday and we are having more reasonable summer weather now. Thank goodness! I pushed myself to get outside ultra-early for the past two weeks to get the labor done before the heat got unbearable and I have to admit it has worn me out. This week I will take it a little easier and modify the pace a bit.
But yes, there has also been heartbreak. I harvested all my potatoes last week because the plants were dying back and got a terrific total of 30 pounds. But yesterday, alas, I found that most of them were rotting. Rotting! Sob! In doing some research I think, but am not sure, that they were the victims of early blight. They had started to blister under the skins and began weeping that foul-smelling decay that potatoes do when they rot. I had to throw most of them out and was able to keep only a fraction of what was harvested. Oh, sometimes gardening can really get you down. First the poor showing with zucchini (3 so far and all the first plantings about dead) and now the potatoes. So my gardening motivation is a little low at the moment!
BUT, there were some positives for Harvest Monday, which is hosted over at Daphne's Dandelions each Monday and here they are: