July.... when did that sneak up on us. Probably while transplanting at 0.8 mph placing leeks that have waited their turn...and waited some more. They waited until some even achieved the desirable pencil size diameter that Roy said was optimal but we all thought impossible. Then some became marker size and things got serious. So they sun came out, the thunderstorms missed us, and they got planted. I'm thankful for fewer seedlings to water, but i'll miss my daily companions that I, or someone else on the farm, or the rain, has watered for the past 2 months. I'm hoping now they have more soil they will grow a little faster in their second half of their life despite a bit of a delayed graduation.
Other farm vegetables have far less restraint. A month ago the daily harvest switched from asparagus to zucchini and cucumbers. There is something quite amazing in the rate those vegetables can grow. We try to keep the zucchinis on the smaller side, sometimes a little too much. However, by hiding for one day they can become the large club easily seen protruding from the plant.
The first watermelon and cantaloupe plantings, photo below, are coming along nicely, particularly the ones that got hay mulch between the plastic beds. A weed free sight for sore eyes. Some of the cantaloupes are showing signs of bacterial wilt transmitted by cucumber beetles, but we are hopeful most plants will make it until we can harvest them.