July Garden Report
In the beginning of the month sunrise is at 5.15 am and sundown at 20.57 pm. At the end of the month a day is 14.42 hours long. It keeps raining all month. Average temperatures are from 15C in the morning to 25C through day. Last year in July we hadn’t rain at all. It was very hot summer with almost two months long drought. So I can compare harvest weather dependent. Last year eggplants were really good, this year they don’t grow at all. Opposite broccoli is wonderful this year and it was full of diseases last year. I am also more satisfied with beans and peas than last year. Sweet corn is tiny like Twiggy if you remember her. But because rainy weather I have to collect all broad beans, potato, shallot and also spring garlic before time. I have to cut all parsley. Tomato is also completely destroyed. From the rest of plants I pick of all sick leafs every time. I can’t do anything else.
I hope I have succeeded to collect good seeds of winter and spring lettuce, dill, chamomile and some flowers. In the free beds I put new plants: broccoli, kohlrabi, leek, endive, Brussels sprouts and seeds: turnip-cabbage, red beet, Trieste radicchio, lettuce and for better soil white mustard. I am very happy that my friend’s community for exchanging seeds and plants is bigger each month. It is really unbelievable how many close fiends and artists have them own garden in Slovenia.
I clear of weeds and leave it on the beds simultaneously when I pick up harvest. So I have observable less work with gardening. Very good indeed.
Now in the garden I have all vegetables and herbs for good soap without buying any previous prepared additions. New for eating: pumpkin “tonda di Toscana”, curly and leaf kale and first cabbage.
One recipe for tasteful (hors d’oeuvre) dish:
250g broad beans we cook in salt water and than we slit the skin from each individual bean. We slice through one leek and blanch it. We take one tin of tuna in olive oil or sardines. Than we mix all together with one spoon of chives (or parsley or both), salt, pepper and few drops of vinegar.