TKG's mother watched the house while we were gone, and kept things watered and picked. But there was a lot to harvest for us, especially peas. We got several pickings like this, but it looks like the vines are shutting down now. At least there's been no powdery mildew.
|L: Blizzard and Mammoth Melting Sugar, R: Super Sugar Snap
We took a few carrots.
Also turnips and more flowering onions, which we use as "spring onions" though they aren't supposed to be.
We took the first broccoli of the season. This is the "Blue Wind" variety. One head grew white, looking like cauliflower. I don't know whether it was the weather, or just a weird sport. It tasted fine though.
There was another, normal head.
|Blue Wind broccoli
|Patriotic-looking blueberries picked on Independence Day!
|L: Alaska, R: Blue-podded
The Alaska didn't germinate as well as the Blue-podded, but yielded more, smaller pods that were fully packed. Alaska's peas are conventionally-shaped, while Blue-podded's are elongated and lighter in color.
|L: Blue-podded, R: Alaska
In the past, I let them air dry naturally, and found that they discolor over time. TKG researched this, and learned that they should be lightly blanched and then dehydrated. She did this, and here's what resulted, about 8 ounces. But I bet they're packed with flavor! The dehydrating took all day, by the way.
TKG brought back some things from her community garden plot, like this last, tennis-ball sized kohlrabi.
And cuttings from celery, fennel, and kale.
We're still a ways away from harvesting the true summer crops, unlike most of you lucky people. Hopefully it won't be too long!
Thanks for reading, and apologies for telling you more about soup peas than maybe you were really interested in. Thanks again to Dave at Our Happy Acres for hosting Harvest Monday.