Where it’s at: August 12

The weather in Iowa City these days is downright pleasant, if you like it cool at night and comfortable in the daytime. I’m ordinarily one of those people, and I’m not going to sit here and lie to you – the breeze coming in the window of my office feels pretty fabulous.

But last week’s profusion of produce might have been the grand finale of the summer season if we don’t get some more heat.

The garden felt lifeless this morning. Other than a mourning dove hopping around to one side and a few black flies, there weren’t any bugs buzzing around, no signs of further pollination.

Still, a couple of cucumbers revealed themselves from beneath the leaves of the Inadvertent Cucumber plant, and there are signs of growth in the container garden. It’s only mid-August, and I remember sweating profusely in September last year, so maybe there’s still time for production.

Here’s where the main garden plot stands:

August 12 status

Here’s today’s container garden shot:

August 12 containers

There’s not much sign of life from the mesclun or rainbow chard planting I put in at the end of July. Actually (Damn you, dove and rabbits!), there was more sign of both kinds of seedlings about a week ago, but now most of those seem to be gone.

The radishes, however, are another story. Stay tuned, people. That’s a tale for another day.

3 Responses to “Where it’s at: August 12”


  1. 1 colesedwards August 12, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    have you ever thought of doing white asparagus? It is grown usually most successfully in containers, covered so it does not turn green? Damn those cute bunnies.

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener August 13, 2006 at 10:55 am

    Cole, haven’t tried any kind of asparagus yet. Is that really all you have to do — keep it covered up — and it stays white? Interesting…

  3. 3 colesedwards August 13, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    That is what I have read….but I am no expert. I do know from friends that it grows well in containers as it is picky about soil and water.


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