The Arrival of Summer

has sent us all running for shade!

It’s supposed to cool off a bit in the coming days so, we haven’t put the shade cloth over the hoophouse yet, but have a fan going in there to keep it tolerable for my veggie friends.

Beans seem to have gotten settled in their pots and are starting to reach upwards

“Third try” carrots are germinated and on their way

I’m really excited to see the eggplants coming along- just took off their milk jug protectors, and though they are nice and stocky, I’m thinking they might need staking before long (about 15″ tall now)

Tomatoes are coming along as well- but check out this tomatillo plant-

I’ve never grown them before, so didn’t know what to expect. He’s fast becoming a tree!

And this morning, while the area was still shaded, I hauled out some compost to top dress the the potatoes and squash

There is something so satisfying about harvesting and feeding homecooked compost back to the garden

Many thanks to the chickens and sheep that provide a continuous supply of ingredients.

And speaking of sheep, wanted to give a shoutout to Daphne, whose fleece this year is turning out to be a lot of fun to work with. Spinning it up on Moto (notes to self- singles at 3.2, chain plied at 2.8) into a soft and squishy chunky three-ply

I can’t seem to focus on planning a new knitting project, I’m back to my old standby hat pattern- this time in a vivid array of scrap yarns. Trying to just let it flow.

Two-handed colorwork has a way of easing my mind.


  1. Michelle

    I grew tomatillos last summer for the first time and they got HUGE! Shaded other plants; learned my lesson (although no garden for me this year ).

    • denisemor

      yeah, he’s already about 4 feet tall, and creating quite a canopy. I might have to rein him in a bit!

  2. Donna

    Daphne’s yarn is gorgeous. I hope you have fun with it. Your garden is doing quite well. My carrots are pathetic this year as is the broccoli and cabbage. But other plants are really starting to make up for lost time.

    • denisemor

      thanks Donna- am going to participate in the Tour de Fleece this year focusing on Daphne. should be fun 🙂 I had real problems getting my carrots started this year. twice I seeded the bed I usually grow them in, and twice they failed (pretty sure they germinated- probably slugs got them). so I’m just doing some in pots. kind of sad. last year was great for carrots and parsnips. Hope it’s smooth sailing for your plants from here on out-


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