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Posted 6/20/2008 7:49pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Solstice everyone!!

Well, it is now mid-June and things are really heating up this week!! Last week we {hopefully??} had our last bit of frost and cold tempuratures until fall. Wednesday evening was spent covering over 600 newly transplanted plants {peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and more}. Our main thoughts while we were covering; " So glad it's not pouring down rain!!" {in years past we have had to do this in the worst possible weather; wet, cold, and windy} and "Boy are we glad we waited to plant the melons {over 100 plants}, the rest of the cucs {another 100}, the basil {over 200}, the winter squash {about 100}, and all the little odds and ends {probablly another 100}!! We were out early Thursday morning to uncover everyone; but then had to turn around and cover them back up again that evening. They are all looking well though and starting to grow rapidly!! {Wed. night our low was 28 and Thurs it was 30, so covering it all was a good thing!!}This week the cool temperatures have been a fond memory.

We continue to plant, plant, plant!! We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our big push this next week is to get the basil, corn, winter sqash and all those odds and ends in. Then it will be on to weeding and mulching and waiting for nature's bounty!!

The peas are finally ready!! We have been waiting and waiting for them to start. Well this week we have an abundance. {and thanks to Sarah, Jenny, Barbara, and Mac, we were able to get them all harvested and in to the cooler before lunch. You all don't know how much Mom, Robyn and I appreciated your hard work!!} Hopefully we will have lots of peas for the next two or three weeks, it will depend on how they tolorate all this heat!!

I posted a couple more recipes to the website; one for kale and one for sugar snaps. If any of you have any recipes you are willing to share, please send them to me in a word doc. and I will get them posted. {please be sure and add where you got the recipe}

This week we also have an abundance of garlic scapes. They are the flower stalks on the hardneck garlics. They have a mild garlic flavor and are wonderful in salads, stirfry, etc. They also will make a nice addition to herb vinegars {see the recipe on the website for Chive Blossom Vinegar}. It looks like our garlic harvest may be earlier than I thought. It is generally about 2-3 weeks after the scapes start to appear that the garlic is ready to harvest. I can't wait!!

We'd also like to thank Kathy and Gail for helping get the space ready for melons. We had a class of school children come out Tues to help plant and thanks to you ladies, we were ready for them!!

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding. This spring has played havoc with my timetable of available veggies.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!!

All of us at Circle A