Despite spending so very little time cultivating the garden this summer, gifts from the garden are appearing here and there this time of year! I had almost forgotten about the hot peppers, growing as they are in the shadow of our huge tomato plants, but they’re beginning to bear fruit:
The garlic planted last December showed every sign of being ready to dig up. In fact, I didn’t get around to trimming off the scapes (oops!) so they flowered and formed tiny “bulbils” on the tops before flopping over. I saved these tiny bulbils, which can be planted and, after several years of cultivation, would yield more garlic.
This year’s harvest looks surprisingly good!
We also have herbs, herbs, herbs! I’m trying to cut and dry some of the staples – thyme, oregano, mint, catnip. (The cats are very interested in the fresh catnip, so I have to dry it somewhere out of reach). I’m a little puzzled trying to figure out when to harvest dill flower heads for seed…ours are still yellow and flowering, but I’m hoping the seeds will be apparent soon and I can dry them, too.