6/25 Weekly Update

Cleaned Garlic

Weekly Harvests:

We got one good first tomato (an Early Girl) and two others that had some kind of worm blemishes (which we cut out). Once we cut away the surface areas that were damaged they were quite good and we had them in salads.

Harvest 1

Harvest 2

Harvest 3

Harvest 4

Multiple days of Haricot Vert (French Filet) and dutch half-runners.

Tomatillos, summer squash, cucumbers (lots! Of cucumbers), and a green cayenne pepper that was on a branch that broke.

We liked the first round of refrigerator pickles so much that we made more with some of the many cucumbers we’ve been picking all week. By the end of the week we had done 4 quarts.

We think the first wave of French filet beans is over, but the last time we thought that we were wrong. Not that we’re complaining about the bounty, the work involved in picking, stringing, and canning them is well worth it.

Peppers growing

The first melons are forming! Last year the melon plants, much like the cucumbers, were a bust because the plants were so stressed by swarms of cucumber beetles. This year we have orders of magnitude fewer beetles & stink bugs.

Canned Haricot Vert (French Filet Beans), Green Beans, String Beans

Refrigerator Pickles

The summer squash plant with the very deteriorated stem we wrote about last week didn’t make it. The little baby squash in one of the pictures was its last viable output.  But the rest of the squash and the cucumbers are having amazing growth. On Monday evening we picked all the veggies of harvestable size, even if somewhat small because we knew we wouldn’t be able to harvest again until Thursday. The amount and size what we got on Thursday morning was just amazing, including 8 cucumbers that were larager than we would usually pick and 3 patty pan squash and a yellow squash that was definitely larger than the size we normally like to eat. Not to mention an entire bucket of haricot vert. In just 2.5 days these veggies went from not harvestable to “almost too big”.

Since then we’re being overrun with cucumbers (see pickles above), plus we made a cucumber, vinegar, sour cream, and fresh dill cold salad.

Parsley, sage, tarragon, oregano, cilantro were some of the herbs we used this week, including making a chimmichuri paste for some lovely steaks we had.

The first eggplant is starting to form. You may recall that we were having a lot of problems with flea beetles a month ago so we resorted to spraying the eggplants with pyrethrin. We sprayed once a week for 3 weeks, and now the plants are much larger and happier.

I’ve been trying to grow horseradish for almost 3 years now. Nothing I do with it seems to affect the many tiny roots that grow out the bottom, and none of them are even remotely larger enough to peel and use as horseradish. Unless something turns up in my research this week, this plant will be composted, and I’ll try getting another one some other time.  On the other hand, the new lemongrass plant is growing like crazy, and the new herb box is working out very well, including the new French tarragon plant and the lavender.

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5 Responses to “6/25 Weekly Update”

  1. maryhysong Says:

    Sounds like you had a really amazing harvest week!

  2. kitsapfg Says:

    You always have a productive and amazing harvest. Glad you whipped those flea beetles on the eggplant.

  3. Barbie Says:

    Sounds like someone put some serious grow on your veggies this week! Makes my fingers cramp just thinking about all the picking and cannin’ – but in a god way. 😉

  4. Norma Chang Says:

    You sure had a busy week.
    I read somewhere that waiting until June to put eggplant into the garden will avoid the flea beetles problem. I kept my plants in pot and keep bumping up, planted them in the garden early June, so far they are looking fine.

  5. Barbara Good Says:

    Sounds wonderful, I’ll come back to see some pictures later. I’m amazed at the different pests found in different parts of the world, though I suspect some of these might be different terms for pests we too have. Hope the eggplant keeps going well, they can be a bit finicky I find. Mind took an age to get going, plus I had trouble getting the seeds to germinate in the first place, and then it got too cold for some of the fruit to mature. I’m going to try getting them in earlier this time around.

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