Abundant rain has translated into abundant produce this summer. Cool temperatures have kept winter crops happy since May, giving us the best broccoli, cauliflower, beet, carrot, spinach and leaf lettuce crops we've ever known. While early fusarium wilt had me despairing of seeing any tomatoes ripen on the vine, happily, it turns out I was wrong. This year's tomato harvest is but a fraction of last year's tomato tsunami, but still plenty to eat fresh and can as soup and marinara. Although herb harvests have been delayed by the humid weather, they've also been more abundant. We've dried more scarlet bee balm, heal all, nettle, chamomile and lavender than ever! And this year added calendula to our roster of cultivars.
The Cranberry Glades, a unique botanical area, is located right here in wonderfully wild Pocahontas County. It is adjacent to the 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness, which is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. "The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia. Bogs are acidic wetlands more commonly found in the northern areas of this country and in Canada. The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat. Because of its unique conditions, some unusual plants grow in bogs, including carnivorous or insect-eating plants. The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres." Cranberry Glades Photos taken July 20, 2013.
Take a peek! July 6, 2013.[video,