It’s been a long time since I last posted. As it so happens, I’ve been in grueling contract negotiations with the State of Oregon over the weather situation here this year. Today, I’m delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement on the terms of weather service provided in the Portland metro area and we’ll be partnering with warmth and sunshine for the rest of summer. Although I can’t disclose the financial details of this deal, I think everyone can agree it’s about high time we reached agreement. With this deal, I feel as though we’ve paved the way for bigger deals, like extending the US debt ceiling.
Although all of my time has been tied up in the New Weather Deal 2011, my favorite garden employee, Mother Nature, has been hard at work. Since I last checked in, a lot has happened. Here are a few highlights:
- The arugula exploded! Seriously, though perhaps not in a fireball like you’re thinking. I couldn’t pick it fast enough. Next year, I think I’ll only go with one or two rows instead of 3. With the weather heating up now, I’m going to take what’s left and make an arugula pesto out of it before it starts to bolt.
- The broccoli became the jolly green giant! I had no idea how big the broccoli plants could get. They’re actually crowding out the romaine and green lettuce behind it. That’s after I removed two of the plants from the row. Can’t wait to try some!
- The peas are reaching for the stars! They just started blossoming last week and they are incredibly vibrant and healthy. Probably gonna use the snap peas for snacking, but need some ideas for what to use the Dakota peas for. Any suggestions?
- The potatoes are eating the children! Here’s another plant that I had no idea could get so big. I’ve already hilled them three times and they keep getting bigger. I’m going to need another load of dirt to keep burying them.
- Currant tomatoes are blowing up! OK, that’s an exaggeration, there are only 3 growing right now… However, there’s plenty of blossoms that will soon turn to wonderful tomato fruit, so excited about that :)
There’s a lot of other things going on, but those are some of the highlights. There’s also been some challenges, notably the peppers. They are the last remaining plant that I have indoors and they are struggling. Fortunately, the time to plant is nearly upon us and I will start hardening them off this week for planting the following weekend.
That’s it for now, more pics and stories to come soon. Remember to vote Austen for Chief Weather Maker Awesomer in 2012!