Hello again from Eight Gate Farm! Last July was way too wet; this year too dry. Practically the whole State of New Hampshire is in the Moderate Drought category. We can water the gardens, of course, but it's impractical to do the lawns and field, so they are browning.
Despite this, we are pleased with the fruit and vegetables we're getting. Once again I'll start with the new harvests.
The first shishito peppers were picked. This hybrid variety, "Mellow Star," has never once given us a hot one. We love them, but by the end of the season we grow tired of them as they are so prolific.
|Mellow Star shishito
I judged another row of garlic was ready to pull. As I said when I pulled the first row, the row labels had worn off. But now I'm pretty sure the first one is Chesnok Red (it's purple-striped) and this one is Music (a porcelain type, white-skinned). It made fairly good-sized bulbs.
I've never grown radicchio before, but have always admired it in the seed catalogs. I've eaten it, but only as a component of salads when we dine out. I was told to expect bitterness, but I was okay with that, because I like mildly bitter greens like arugula and chard. But this...yikes! We lightly grilled it, took a few bites, and couldn't finish it. We'll have to try again.
|Fiero (F1) radicchio
I started six "Imperial" broccoli plants this year. Only four survived, which is not uncommon given our unpredictable spring weather. Normally I wouldn't harvest all four at once, but they all appeared to be at their peak.
|Imperial hybrid broccoli
|Top Bunch 2.0 collards
Finally we are getting cucumbers. These don't look that great on the outside (probably cucumber beetle damage), but peeled they were sweet and delicious.
|National Pickling cucumbers
|Pantheon and Yellowfin hybrid zucchini
We cut several nice bulbs of fennel ("Florence Fennel" to some) this week.
|Orazio hybrid fennel
I pulled quite a few bunching onions. We cut off the bottoms and froze them without blanching. The green tops TKG sliced and dehydrated to add to soup bases. I still have plenty more in the garden, because I grew, well, bunches!
|Nabechan hybrid green onions
The peas (mangetout) finished out this week. The Blue Wind broccoli plants continue to give us sideshoots.
|Radicchio (upper left) and salad greens
|No-till plot on July 1
|No-till plot on July 15