In July, the big words on the tongue of every gardener were Tomatoes and Courgettes. In fact, after a few weeks of all you can eat style stuffing our faces, it was a challenge to get rid of them faster than they were coming out of the garden. It was a wonderful problem to have. We all had to get creative thinking up new dishes and finding new friends to share all the wonderful things coming from the garden.
Once again the garden was amazing me with the incredible amount of food that it produced. In the case of courgettes, from one plant you should get a fully gown squash every other day or two. I had planted eight plants in Jeanine’s garden and by now they were full-sized and producing like mad. That meant plenty of Pain aux Courgettes, Soupe aux Courgettes, Omelettes, Farcie, and more. The tomatoes began to turn red across the village somewhere around July 14. Might have been a coincidence, but it really felt like summer and the tomatoes knew it too.
July brought the hotter, dryer weather. It was time to harvest and dry the garlic, onions, and shallots. They were pulled and left in the rows to dry for a few sunny days. Then, they were collected and packed to make it through the winter.
The bottle gardened continues to spread as well!
And- biggest news of all: Morning Glories and Gladiolas! I’ve been waiting since November 1, 2008 to see this…