Much has happened in the garden since our last post a month ago. Pea, lettuce, and cabbage season ended and tomato season began. Cucumber and haricots verts season kept going… Raspberries ended but blackberries and blueberries began. Summer squash season ended very early this year (a month earlier than usual) as the plants succumbed to squash vine borers. We didn’t get *any* zucchini (not atypical for us) and we didn’t even get enough yellow and patty pan squash to get tired of them this year! The last lettuce harvest was just huge.
On the other hand, tomato season started early this year, probably because of the heat wave we experienced for almost two weeks in mid-June, and we got the first red tomatoes at least a week earlier than usual this year. We’ve been enjoying homegrown tomatoes almost daily. She has been picking them a day or two earlier than full ripeness because of (irrational) fear that some critter will beat us to them.
All of the garlic and onions have been cured and trimmed and we will finish up preserving them this weekend (we chop and freeze the onions and mince and freeze most of the garlic in order to ensure it lasts in storage).
We dug the last two types of potatoes this weekend (Kennebecs and Red LaSodas) and they have joined the previously-dug Yukon Golds in the basement on a piece of burlap to cure and store.
The haricots verts (French green beans) flourished in the past month and we canned 41 pints of green beans! They’re likely to have a second blooming but the first blooming is always the most productive (and highest quality).
We pulled up two of the three areas of carrots this weekend as well. We have plenty of carrots and will be sharing them with friends and canning them for later use.
The first butter beans are about ready to be picked and the field peas have started putting out pods as well. Melons and winter squash are growing, but it’s always hit-and-miss for us on whether we’ll get actual melons or squash. The fig trees have also put out figs, although it’ll still be at least a couple of weeks before they ripen. We were concerned about the fig trees because we had a very cold winter, but they pulled through. We have noticed that a few limbs died though and need to be cut. We also have four apples on our trees! Hopefully we’ll get to them before the deer do this year.
Finally, believe it or not, it’s already time to start some of the Fall crops in the basement. On Saturday, we started broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. They’ll get planted out in mid- to late-August, depending on the weather. In a couple of weeks, we’ll start the Fall greens inside as well.
Happy gardening until next time!