The first tomatoes, finally! Although small and few, they were most welcome. This is the grape variety called Sugar Plum. I've had the same seeds since 2012, and they are a delightful blend of sweet and acidic. I've only found a single source for these seeds (Harris, I think).
|Sugar Plum grape tomatoes|
The first of several pickings of "Diva" cucumbers, again a delightful variety.
The first "Maule's Red Hot" cayenne. Perfectly ripe, but what do you do with a single hot pepper?
|Maule's Red Hot|
The first "Calima" filet beans. This is the first time I'm growing them, and they are fantastic in every way.
|Calima filet beans|
The first "Carson" wax beans. This has been a reliable producer for us in the past.
|Carson yellow wax beans|
Now for continuing harvests. We took more lovely artichokes.
|Imperial Star artichokes|
The last of the broccoli. It looked like they weren't going to give us much in the way of side-shoots, so the plants were taken out. I planted a hill of yellow zucchini in their place. I'm not sure if there will be enough time in the season to get much of anything from it, but it's a good experiment.
|Fiesta and Arcadia broccoli|
I wrote last week about the voles destroying 5 of our 10 potato plants. This week they took two more, leaving us with potato husks underground. We decided we should just salvage what was left, and this was the result. Though it is weeks before we would normally harvest potatoes, we're going to cure these and try to store as much as we can.
The last of the Blauwschokkers peas for soup. The vines had the worst case of powdery mildew I've ever seen. I wiped as much of it off the pods as I could.
|Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers|
The Mammoth Melting Sugar snow peas had also developed PM, but not as bad. Here are some on the right, plus more Super Sugar Snaps, which showed no PM at all. We later pulled the MMS vines.
|Super Sugar Snap and Mammoth Melting Sugar|
Every so often The Kitchen Goddess's mother comes over to help with garden chores, and we are pleased to send her home with as much produce as she wants. So here are two pictures of what we call the "Mom CSA."
An end of the week harvest basket:
And finally, two more artichokes. This time, I'm showing what they looked like before clipping, in case you were curious.
That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to Dave at Our Happy Acres for hosting Harvest Monday. Please join me in seeing what other gardeners around the world are bringing in now.