The Kitchen Goddess accompanied me on a business trip to Cancun (I know, tough life) from the 10th to the 13th. This was what awaited us on Monday morning:
We picked all remaining Mokum carrots (12 squares) and most of the Kestrel beets (8 squares), both of which are supposed to be best at this smaller size. All of these were planted April 28/29. Total weight of carrots was 3.84 lbs (~1.75 kg), not bad for being picked slender. I grew Mokum at the suggestion of many of you, and I sure am glad--they are superb. But I still can't be persuaded to like beetroot.
We got our first eggplants, which are beauties. Total weight slightly over 2 lbs (1 kg). The variety is Amadeo, obtained from Park Seed. I'm sold on it. They were transplanted June 1.
We also got our first zucchini. This variety is Tigress. I grew only 2 plants this year, as we had a glut last year with 4. These were sown May 25. I am now out of these seeds (which were from Territorial), and shopping for a new variety from the Fedco or Johnny's catalogs, the companies I am trying to concentrate on.
We picked a mess of broccoli sideshoots. If you're keeping score, the hands-down winner of sideshoot production is Blue Wind. Arcadia is decent in this regard, but Fiesta is doing practically nothing, so out they come.
The blueberries are rolling in, and there were still plenty of peas and lettuce.
Here's what went into the freezer on that Monday:
TKG's mother watched the farm and the cat for us while we were gone, and picked all she could eat, so this is clearly a bounteous time in the vegetable garden. While I still feel I'm behind other gardeners, I'll confess to being slightly less envious!
Speaking of carrots, have I mentioned that while I absolutely love them, I also hate growing them? The seeds are so tiny, and the seedlings so weak. I may put 3 seeds in each hole to try to get one strong seedling. One hole will have all 3 come up, and thus will need thinning, while the hole next to it has none. Sigh.
I think next year I might give up the Square Foot method for carrots (16 plants per square), and plant them in rows instead. I'm figuring a double row along each of the 4 drip lines in the beds (which are 4 feet wide). There will be better irrigation coverage I think. Also quicker to plant. What do you think?
Pickings of peas, lettuce, broccoli, and zucchini continued through the week, along with the first beans (green and purple filet). Here's a typical basket:
On the weekend I made a decision to pull the pea vines as they weren't really producing much more.
Here's what I gleaned from the vines (with more blueberries for color contrast):
Also, the Green Ice and Red Romaine lettuces were pretty much bolted (but not bitter at all) so we took them all. The New Red Fire lettuce is still in fairly good shape. Now we sure have a lot of lettuce in the fridge! The smaller bags in this picture are one-gallon size.
Can anyone tell me when we can expect to harvest potatoes? I keep waiting for the foliage to die back but it is stubbornly refusing to do so. I'm pretty sure I can take some new potatoes, but I want to wait for them to size up for storage.
With the peas and lettuce (mostly) gone, we are transitioning into summer crops. I'm feeling a little sad, as I will miss the ritual of going out to the garden in the evening to pick our nightly meals. But I do love zucchini in any form. Here's a before and after of something new and delectable from TKG's clever hands: Roasted Zucchini Tart, seasoned with winter savory, which we had with...what else...salad.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading and thanks again to Daphne for hosting Harvest Monday.