Since the last post, we had a short heat wave, followed by a period of unseasonably cool weather, which at least brought some badly needed rain. How cool? Well, sweatshirts for me, and I even saw smoke coming out of a neighbor's chimney. What are vegetables supposed to make of this?
We had a couple of first harvests this week. Our favorite has to be this:
That's right, our first-ever garlic, in all its dirty glory. The variety is "Georgian Fire," which I'm guessing is an early one. Though to tell the truth, the other two varieties are not far behind it. Not really knowing, it was a bit of a guess to decide to harvest it. Let's see...bottom leaves withering? Check. Soil dry? Check. Other gardeners picking? Check. Let's do it! We were really psyched to see the size of the bulbs.
Another first: "Blue Wind" broccoli. I've written that this year's broccoli was going to be a bust, given the pest damage the transplants received. So even though this is only billiard ball-sized, at least we got something.
An unexpected first, shishito peppers.
We enjoyed both broccoli and peppers that very night, wishing we had a lot more.
As for continuing harvests, we took snow and Sugar Snap peas.
We took carrots, turnips (unfortunately the last), and more peas.
And at the end of the week, more carrots and beets. By the way, I misidentified the carrots in the last post as Nelson, when really they are Mokum.
And finally, more lettuce, chard, and peas:
Chard is the only thing we've had to freeze so far this year, but we've accumulated several pounds of peas even though the plants are shutting down, so some might get frozen.
Now a bit about using a harvest. Last fall we only got about a dozen winter squash. The ones we didn't immediately use went into the basement in one of my new home-built screened storage bins. Maybe half rotted over the months (what a mess), but enough lasted so that The Kitchen Goddess could puree them this week. Not bad, considering.
There's an old song, "Turkey In The Straw." Yesterday I revised it like this:
Turkey on the fence,
Makes no sense.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading! I'm looking forward to reading all the posts on Harvest Monday.