I realize the laziness of humans, including myself, and dig lines for more convenient watering; gardens are already situated sufficiently close to save a few steps. And celeriac, what’s going on? Grow!
All is good: Mexican bean beetles cease to be a problem, corn soars higher than 10 feet, and, as usual, blueberry bushes bear awesome quantities of delectable berries.
Juicy plums just about ready to pick and then . . . yecchhh, brown rot srikes again. Shift gears, plants flowers. Will they help against brown rot?
I watch out for pests: thousand canker disease of black walnut, chipmunks (not a pest for me), and me (not a pest for strawberries, although it might appear so)
World’s Best Fruit?
Finally, I reap the fruits of one of my labors. Literally. The fruit is black mulberry, the species, that is Morus nigra, rather than any of the black-colored mulberries that grow all over the place around here. The latter are species and natural hybrids of white and red mulberries (M. alba and M. rubra). Black mulberry, native to the Mediterranean climate of western Asia, is not cold-hardy below temperatures in the ‘teens (Fahrenheit) so definitely not cold-hardy here. I first tasted it at a fruit conference in Davis, California and it wowed me even from among bowls heaped high with fresh-picked apricots, peaches, and other seasonal fruits. I had to get a tree to grow, which I did (from www.whitmanfarms.com). The tree went into a pot with potting soil. As it grew, I moved it on into larger and larger pots, …
I offer a “prescription” for blueberry soil, which is most important for healthy plants and the bowl after bowl heaped high with blueberries here on the farmden all summer long. Then I mosey over to the vegetable garden for some of the best-tasting turnips.
I turn off the highway in New Jersey to find my myself in “The Blueberry Capital” of the world, then drive on to taste a number of new and tasty berries. Back, Japanese beetles rear their ugly heads.
With planning, I got the summer blues — and I like them. Tall spires of delphinium. Then, looking more at ground level, weeding to keep vegetable garden in good shape for fall crops.
G wants his Eden; start with the soil, with the help of the USDA’s Soil Web Survey. And then, on to plants: How about Pakistani mulberry? Heavenly, even if it wasn’t from Eden.