The weather is beautiful right now, and Walt is good about watering the vegetable garden. Even so, everything is very late. To blame are the six weeks of constant rains and dark clouds that we recently endured.
I tilled new ground last year and this past spring, enlarging the garden plot by about 100 sq. ft., bringing it to a total of about 1300. There are more than two dozen tomato plants, two rows of green beans, six plants each of eggplant (aubergine) and bell peppers (poivrons), eight or ten squash/pumpkin plants, and some radishes and snow peas planted out there.
There is also a good stand of Swiss chard plants (called bettes or blettes) on the edge of the garden plot that survived our springtime deluges. It's time to start harvesting some... next week.
I grew from seed and transplanted a dozen or more kale plants in May and June. The ones above are called "dinosaur" or lacinato kale, known also as cavolo nero. Various people have told me that these plants will produce very tasty, tender greens. I've never grown or cooked this variety before. I'm a firm believer in eating your greens on a regular basis.
I also planted a variety called Red Russian Kale. I found the seeds for both varieties in a store in North Carolina when I was there in February. Kale is starting to catch on in France now. I saw bunches of curly kale for sale in the Grand Frais supermarket near Blois earlier this week. I thought it was expensive.
We are optimistic that the weather will stay warm and sunny enough for us to have good harvests of all these crops. Time will tell. Meanwhile, I'm off to Paris for the weekend. My train leaves Saint-Aignan at about 6 p.m. this afternoon.