Garden Abundance!

May and early June proved to be abundant times in the garden. Since we switched to hybrid instead of heirloom broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage last year, we actually are able to pick a decent amount of these plants! Because winter lasted so long this year, we planted only the earliest peas (sugar snap, snow, and shelling) we have and have been delighted to be able to harvest a decent amount of peas. We actually had enough shelling peas to both eat fresh-steamed and to blanch some for freezing. They’re about done though and we pulled up many of the plants earlier today. We also had great success with radishes this year (they’re actually one of our more difficult “crops”, if you can believe that).

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Three types of peas

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Shelled Peas

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Blanched peas drying before freezing for future eatin’

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Broccoli & Radishes

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Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower

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Cabbages, sugar snap peas, and the last of the broccoli

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Cauliflower growing

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Cauliflower, red cabbage, and cucumbers

We picked our first cucumbers about two weeks ago and have been picking them regularly since. And we picked the first haricot vert (French style) green beans this weekend! Let the deluge begin…

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French green bean (haricot vert) plants

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First haricot vert of the year!

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Turnips & the first cucumbers

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More turnips

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Turnip greens

Back in mid-May, we cut the garlic scapes and have used them in cooking the same way we would use garlic. We pulled the garlic bulbs today and they’re currently curing under cover.

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Garlic scapes

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Newly pulled garlic curing

Last week, we pulled up the yellow granex onions. The tops had all fallen over and browned but the bulbs were pretty small. We don’t think this type does very well in this area since the “Candy” variety is still growing strong.

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“Candy” varietal onion patch

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Yellow granex onions curing

Earlier today we also cut the last of the mustard and most of the remaining kale.

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Last of the mustard greens and some kale

In early May, a luna moth hung out next to the door on our side porch for 3 days. Wikipedia tells us that these moths have a life span of only a week, so we suspect it spent the last three days of its life next to our door. But maybe it was the first three days…

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Luna moth

Putting the eggplants under the protective cover until they were larger has paid off. We removed the cover a couple of weeks ago and the plants are now large enough to survive the flea beetle onslaught and the plants look healthy. We spray them regularly with Neem, but it doesn’t seem to help all that much since we see flea beetles every time we go out to the garden.

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Healthy eggplants

We’ve been enjoying carefully dug new potatoes a couple of times in the last couple of weeks and earlier today we went ahead and dug the Yukon Gold potatoes since their foliage had died back quite a bit. We’re planning on frying up the little nubbins with dinner tonight while the larger potatoes have been put on burlap in the basement to cure. We still have a couple of other varieties in the garden (Kennebecs and Red LaSodas) but they haven’t died back as much as the Yukons had, so we’ll wait to dig them.

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This year’s Yukon Gold harvest

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Yukon gold nubbins before frying them up for dinner

We’ve also been getting some raspberries several times a week for the past 2-3 weeks. But she tends to pop these in her mouth as they’re picked, so there are not pictures of piles of raspberries.

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Raspberries on the cane

We’ll leave you with some pictures from the garden. Until next time and thanks for reading!

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Tomato plants

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The promise of future blueberries!

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First summer squash will be ready in the next day or two…

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Sweet potato vines starting to run

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Heap of early June lettuce & arugula

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Early June garden view

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Celery growing

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Lettuce that needs to be picked

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Late May lettuce and arugula heap

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5 Responses to “Garden Abundance!”

  1. Daisy Says:

    Wow! I’ve only just started. A few radishes, chives, and a lot of rhubarb – well, I guess that’s actually a good start for this Wisconsin realm.

  2. dvelten Says:

    That’s quite a haul from your garden, but in NC you got a big head start on me. New for me this year, I got a pack of Zipper cream peas to try. Don’t know how they will do this far north, but I plan to harvest them for fresh peas if I get any.

  3. Mike R Says:

    Your garden is where mine will be in about three weeks here in SW Indiana. That’s an impressive harvest. I have trialed open-pollinated cole crops next to hybrids and the hybrids outperform them by a wide margin.
    I haven’t seen a Luna moth since I was a kid.

  4. daphnegould Says:

    Lovely harvests. And you are so far ahead of me. My cucumbers have germinated though. No true leaves yet.

  5. Will Says:

    Wow, abundance is the word! All I can say is up here in Northern New England we have this thing called “winter” that seriously interferes with production.

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