Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm, brought to you by Daphne's Dandelions. Thanks, Daphne!
It's been a beautiful weekend here. It's nice that the craziness of April and May is behind us, and the chores are not so taxing. At least for awhile...
The first broccoli of the year! I took the three heads of "Blue Wind."
They weren't particularly large, but the florets were starting to separate. You also might notice that some of the beads look undeveloped, or withered. I consulted Prof. Google, and found an article on Brown Bead, which seems to describe the symptoms. It's environmental in cause, not a disease per se, caused by rapid growth in high temperatures after abundant rainfall or irrigation. I'm not sure about abundant irrigation, but the temperatures did get warm quickly.
We decided to hit the mesclun bed hard, and take out the kale-y things, leaving the lettuce-y things to get bigger (sorry to get all scientific on you). Here's the harvest:
A little birdie told me it might be time to pick cherries. Literally! I was working in the garden and a Gray catbird zoomed by with a bright red cherry in its beak. So we went over to the orchard, and spooked a lot of his friends, taking my cherries! There weren't a lot of deep red ones, but even the ones with just a blush tasted sweet, so we took what we could reach.
There is disagreement about whether or not cherries will continue to ripen off the tree. Does anyone know? Anyway, there's still a lot out there, if the birds don't get them all. These were out of reach:
Speaking of irrigation, I do have the entire garden set up on drippers with timers. It's on for 15 minutes, every other day. Doesn't sound like a lot. But I noticed something interesting. The zuchinni on the bottom left is twice as big as his neighbors. I realized that his micro-sprinkler wasn't working. So am I over-watering the others? Just to be safe, I shut them all off.
Another question for readers. The dill is starting to flower, earlier than I can remember. That's okay, but I like dill leaves too. Will it continue to grow once it starts flowering?
Now for some progress-shots. In the foreground are the Brussels sprouts (one passed away, root maggots I suspect) and broccoli, then potatoes and onions, and in the background some of the grapevines, which The Kitchen Goddess did a great pruning job on. You couldn't see through them before.
Snow peas in bloom, and taller snap peas behind them not flowering yet.
Leeks (finally growing), and Dwarf Blauwshockkers peas, also not flowering, but I'm starting to crave pea soup already!
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and I hope your garden chores have also settled down, so you can just enjoy watching things grow.