For us, like almost everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, beans and summer squash dominate the harvest. No need to show you. But I was thrilled to pick our first grape tomatoes (var. "Sugar Plum").
They mysteriously vanished soon after.
A really nice haul of blueberries.
The last of the "Kestrel" beets (the Detroit are still sizing-up).
The last of the spring lettuce, New Red Fire, was harvested and the bed hoed and raked.
In it I planted a cover crop of buckwheat. This is an amazing green manure. It grows so quickly! I sowed it in my two resting beds just a few weeks ago, and already it is flowering.
But the biggest news was our onion harvest. We pulled over 200.
We grew this variety, Stuttgarter, from sets, in a 12-square plot, 16 per square as in the SFG method. Next year I think I will space them out further (9 per square), planting less but hopefully letting them grow larger. They are drying now on the floor of a garage bay, aromatic to say the least!
While we were playing in the onion bed, The Kitchen Goddess begged me to let her explore what the adjacent potatoes were doing. It did not take long to find this:
I was expecting to maybe find only small ones, but the largest was 8.75 oz. (248 g.). I think we are heading for quite a haul. The variety is "Kennebec."
Some readers were interested in last week's dish, Roasted Zucchini Tart:
So here's the recipe (sorry no metric equivalents):
- Roast zucchini slices (or any vegetable) with salt, pepper, and olive oil, at 400 degrees F. until most of the water is removed but not browned. Let cool.
- Defrost and roll puff pastry out to 1/8 in. Place on parchment-lined pan and put back in the fridge.
- Mix together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup parmesan, and 1/2 cup ricotta cheese.
- Spread cheese mixture on pastry to 1 inch from edge to create border. Arrange veggies, pushing them into the cheese mixture.
- Top with your favorite herbs (we used winter savory).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
Herb-encrusted venison tenderloin, with grilled potato slices and zucchini-onion smash, and a garden salad, served with a delightfully dry plum wine. Delicious!
I leave you with two pictures of pollinating wasps on Gooseneck loosestrife - a beautiful perennial that unfortunately takes over whatever bed you've planted it in.
Thanks for reading, and good harvests to all!