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).
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…
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.
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.
Earlier today we also cut the last of the mustard and most of the remaining 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…
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.
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.
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.
We’ll leave you with some pictures from the garden. Until next time and thanks for reading!