Monday, June 4, 2018

Harvest Monday, 4 June 2018

Hello again from Eight Gate Farm. It's June, and we finally have something to show beyond asparagus.

First up is Toy Choi, a delightful baby Asian green, living up to its name. These were already starting to bolt. One went right into a wonderful soup.

Toy Choi
Next we have the first radishes.

Cherry Belle and French Breakfast radishes
And finally a thinning from the small rows of salad blends. From the spicy taste, I think this was mostly arugula.

Some sort of salad stuff
Ah, June! Where are the consistently warm days and nights of my memories? When I woke up this morning it was 48 F (8.9 C). Certainly not good for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. I sure hope this does not hit them too hard.

More in the woe department...on Saturday night something uprooted, but did not eat, two 20-foot rows of corn seedlings. To me this was not hunger, but vandalism! What could have done this?

Uprooted corn seedlings
Not only that, but voles overcame the [meager] defenses of repellents, and destroyed a bed of onion and leek seedlings. No time to replant that. I console myself with picturing a family of voles annoying each other with bad breath.

But June is also beauty. This is the first year this lovely iris has bloomed for us.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks to Dave of Our Happy Acres for hosting Harvest Monday!


  1. Ohhhh! I hate when that happens to my corn. It usually happens when they are small, I always thought either cutworm or birds or both. Birds like to get the seed and leave the leaves. So infuriating! I have covered with bird netting while still young and then removed when they were big enough. So sorry! Everything else is beautiful though!

    1. Yes, looks like what birds might do; the fact that it happened at night is strange though.

  2. Oh crum, I know the feeling. Death to voles! (and rats and mice too). The battles are epic here this year. Your choi and radishes are perfect. That iris is a winner.

  3. My solution to the sweetcorn being upended is a little tedious but does get results. I cover each plant with a plastic bottle with the base cut off until the plant is trying to get out of the top. Then I take them off. It saves all sorts of early problems. the bed does look a little strange though - as if i have planted plastic bottles!

    1. Thanks, Joy. Your idea of the bottles is a good one. I just don't have enough plastic ones. Now if only beer bottles were clear!

  4. Brrr with that 48 degrees! I would gladly share some of our heat if I could. And too bad about the corn. The radishes do look lovely, and that iris is a real looker!

  5. Aw, that's terrible about the corn, onions, and leeks. I would guess birds when it comes to the corn, I've seen them pull up plants maybe to get to the attached corn kernel.

    Your choi and radishes are lovely and I do love your irises, very striking.