Thursday, September 8, 2011
It's amazing how suddenly the weather changes here in New England. Last week's heat and humidity has given way to constant rain and much cooler temperatures. The tomato and melon vines are fading quickly while the broccoli and spinach have taken off. All in all, I've been really good about getting most of my fall crops planted on time this year. However, I've neglected to sow my radishes and winter wild greens (mache and claytonia). Hopefully I'll get around to it this weekend.
Among the plants that faded quickly in August were my Imperial Star Artichokes. They had produced abundantly in late June and July, but now the few buds that do appear are just too small to be worth picking. I've never been kind enough to allow any of them to fully mature and open. The the other day, I spotted this one. Hopefully, there's enough heat left in the year to coax this bud into revealing its violet beard.