animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook

garlic braids

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at braiding garlic for some time now. I finally got around to doing that tonight. It was pretty easy and looks cool so I think I’m going to do that with all of the garlic from my garden (and the onions, too).

My garden is doing pretty well this year. The potato plants look better than they ever have in past years. I’m hoping that means I’m going to get a good harvest. I’m trying a few new things this year, watermelon being one of them. I have a couple of tiny watermelons growing. I hope they turn into something.

The only negatives to note are the eggplant and carrots. Something is eating the eggplant leaves–I do not think the plants are going to survive. As for the carrots, every year I have to plant carrots twice. They never seem to come up the first time. This year, I got them in the ground late. By the time I decided that the seeds were not going to sprout, it was too late to reseed. I’m going to be disappointed in the fall–picking carrots is one of the fun things about gardening. I guess there are a couple of them growing out there, but it’s not going to be the same as picking 10 pounds of carrots.

The cucumbers are doing especially well, too. I think we’re going to have a bumper crop this year. Coincidentally, Brian and I have started canning this summer, so pickles are on the upcoming schedule. I’ll have more on canning in a future blog post…