2 June Weekly Update

Patty pan squash

Patty pan squash

Harvests are slowly getting more plentiful!  This week’s pickings were:  a small cabbage, all the cilantro we had left (if the recently planted seeds in the porch container produce, it’ll be a bonus, but we’re not expecting much from them…), kale and mustard (removing all of the plants late in the week), garlic scapes (twice), peas of various types (multiple times), a bit of broccoli, lots of lettuce, and beet greens with little nubbins of beet root.

Beet Greens & Beet nubbins

Beet Greens & Beet nubbins

Cabbage & peas

Cabbage & peas

Cilantro

Cilantro

Garlic Scapes & peas

Garlic Scapes & peas

Kale & Mustard

Kale & Mustard

Last of the Kale & Mustard

Last of the Kale & Mustard

Last snow peas of the season

Last snow peas of the season

It’s amazing how many missed pods you find when removing pea vines.  Since many of the snow peas are filled out, we’ll shell those and eat them as shelling peas, not pods.

Lettuces

Lettuces

More peas, garlic scapes, and broccoli bits

More peas, garlic scapes, and broccoli bits

We removed most of the various pea plants late in the week.  They were winding down in the 80+-degree heat and we needed the space for other things.  I expect the rest of the peas will be removed sometime in the next week or so.  We also pulled up most of the beets because we decided to plant the remaining sweet potato slips in the box they were occupying.  Since beets rarely make a big root for us, we decided to “sacrifice” them in order to better use the space.  The greens with roots attached will be going through the juicer this week.  This was a mid-season modification of the planting plan as some things needed to go in but other plants weren’t ready to be removed  – you gotta be flexible in gardening!

We also removed the mustard and kale plants in order to prep the box for the blackberry plants.  We still have one broccoli plant (with a small head, even!) growing at one end of the box so we left that portion of the box alone.  On Sunday morning, we mixed more compost and vermiculite in order to top off the box (since the blackberries are a permanent planting) and then we got the three plants we purchased last weekend planted.

Amazingly, all three cauliflower plants in the front yard box have started to form a head!  While checking out the plants, I noticed that caterpillars had recently hatched, so I squished the ones I could find and I sprayed all the brassicas with BT.

Sweet potato slips

Sweet potato slips

6'+ High paste tomatoes

6’+ tall paste tomatoes

We also got some seeding done in the newly vacant areas.  We seeded a section of purple hull field peas (more field pea varieties will be seeded after the garlic and onions are harvested, probably in a couple of weeks) and we sowed Blue Lake Bush Beans in the former lettuce box (which still has a little bit of later-sowed lettuce in it).  Later today, we’ll sow more butter beans (aka lima beans) where the snow peas used to grow.  More butter beans will be planted after more box space opens up in mid-June.  We also purchased a couple of French Tarragon plants at the farmer’s market and transplanted them into the permanent herb box.  We’re going to look up how to grow French tarragon so that we can save our own in the future; I know that it can’t be grown from seed so it must be from cuttings.

Rosemany - French Tarragon, Sage

Rosemary – French Tarragon – Sage

We also planted a couple of cucumber seeds in the space opened up by removal of the tomatillo plant that had partially broken in windy conditions shortly after we planted it in April.  It recently finally gave out, but not before it had at least produced a few small “lanterns”.  It’s actually amazing that this scrawny, broken plant was the first to produce lanterns in an attempt to seed the next generation.  The plant didn’t have much of a chance after it broke, but its innate drive to reproduce was fully intact.

We’ve gotten no rain in over a week so we had to spend some time hand watering everything from the rain barrels this week.  The barrels are almost empty now so we’re really hoping the rain forecast for Monday comes through!

Parsley gone to seed (so it will reseed itself for us) and Dill

Parsley gone to seed (so it will reseed itself for us) and Dill

Melon plants - Cucumbers behind

Melon plants with recently planted cucumbers behind the trellis

Mostly harvested lettuce box with blue lake bush beans seeded in succession

Mostly harvested lettuce box with blue lake bush beans seeded in succession

Yukon golds approaching harvest

Yukon golds approaching harvest

Butter Beans

Butter Beans

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3 Responses to “2 June Weekly Update”

  1. kitsapfg Says:

    Your tomatoes are really big already! I forget how much warmer your area is than ours, but then I see a post like this one with everything so much further along and I come back to reality. 😀 Love all the peas you have been getting.

  2. Barbie Says:

    UGH. Peas. Only been a couple weeks and I miss my peas big time! Yours are making me drool. LOL.

  3. Dave Says:

    I love that patty pan squash photo! You have a great variety of veggies coming in.

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