Last night I made a dinner with julienned zucchini and yellow squash from the garden and carrots from the farmer’s market. I just love using home-grown produce in my meals – the taste is far superior to store bought! My carrots are not ready, yet. I had a dream last night that I was harvesting my carrots from the garden – they were a beautiful, bright orange color – the things that we dream about.
This morning I turned the compost, did some laundry, hung it to dry and then checked on the garden. We had some really intense thunder storms last night. My dream must have been of the future, because my carrots are still not ready to harvest.
This year we planted: acorn squash, butternut squash, zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, bush beans, sugar snaps, red lettuce, green lettuce, onions, kale (both Russian and curly), cucumbers (bush and traditional), carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, chard, celery, and potatoes (white and sweet), along with many herbs.
There were some problems with the bush beans this year – mainly they did not come up. I am not sure what kept eating the seeds, but something surely loved them. After planting FOUR times, they have finally come up and are flowering!
It is time to pull the vegetables that have produced and are starting to flower and bolt. This will make room for the vegetables that will be planted for the fall garden. We will be pulling the last of the radishes, lettuces and the broccoli.
The other vegetable plants are continuing to produce nicely. I love seeing the little zucchini and yellow squash hiding under the leaves. Sometimes all of a sudden there is a huge squash that I wonder “did it grow overnight?” since they seem to magically appear, when I never saw one growing. This year for the first time I am growing bush cucumbers – instead of vining up they vine out forming a low, spreading plant – the cucumbers are smaller, but very tasty. The snap beans this year had very little taste and were disappointing – I usually snack on them while in the garden weeding, planting or harvesting, but not this year.
The flowers this year are beautiful. I planted a smaller version of zinnias this year and they are perfect with some lavender in a vase on the dining room table.