Happy Independence Day! I was thinking, for all the bad things going on recently (looking at you Supreme Court), this country still has a lot going for it. So I can celebrate the nation's birth without too many qualms.
We had several new harvests this week. First up is zucchini (courgettes). This is fully two weeks earlier than last year. I'm hoping to get a good amount before the squash bugs and vine borers take the crop down, as has happened in the last few years.
I cut the first "Pantheon" hybrid, based on the heirloom Cocozelle type. I love the look of the Italian varieties, which adds to the taste, as appearance is almost as important in my opinion.
|Pantheon hybrid zucchini
Also cut was "Yellowfin," a completely yellow hybrid I've been growing for years.
|Yellowfin hybrid zucchini
I cut two nice broccoli heads, shown below, and another one a few days later. This variety, Blue Wind, is extra early and reliable. It produces many side shoots too.
|Blue Wind hybrid broccoli
I also cut the largest fennel bulb. I'm always surprised now quickly the fennel sizes up once it gets established. Again, I'm not really fond of it, but The Kitchen Goddess (TKG) loves it, so I'm happy to grow them.
|Orazio hybrid fennel
|Nabechan bunching onions
TKG picked lavender, and wove some lovely and fragrant wands. I think she's planning to cast spells with it, so I'd better watch myself.
|Super Sugar Snap and Avalanche snow peas
And another crisp head of iceberg lettuce. That means it's wedge salad time, hooray!
Here's how it looks now. I'm very pleased with how well things are growing. I transplanted winter squash in late May, and planted sweet corn on June 10. It makes me want to expand it still further, though we don't really need the space.
|Historic Fort Constitution, New Castle, New Hampshire