My first broccoli for the season. Should have been picked a few days ago but I was out-of-town. Not the best time of year for a gardener to take vacation, but it is the best time for my kids (kids before garden, always). Since it was a bit pass its prime, decided to cook it right away. Sauteed in a little bit of oil, salt to taste and a couple slices of ginger, was still tender. That’s the beauty of freshly harvested veggies, still very good if cooked as soon as harvested even if a bit pass its prime.
In my basket: more broccoli and kohlrabi. Harvested a total of 6 kohlrabi, was worried that they would be fibrous (the largest one weighed nearly 1 pound) but all were tender. Parboiled the kohlrabi and froze for later, wanted to do more with them, but with so much catching up, there was no time. Still have a few in the garden so will play with them then.
Cucumber. Again these should be picked a few days earlier, were a bit too seedy but still good, my friends had no complains and thought I am just too picky.
Dug in most of my garlic. Top tray, Greman white. Bottom tray, music. Both are hardneck varieties.
These are softnecks given to me at various times by different gardeners. No idea about the varieties.
Garlics were not quite ready when I left for vacation, so decided to take a chance and harvest when I return. Was worried that they would split but all came through beaautifully. I think the heat and dry weather conditions suited them well.
Garlics are drying in the shed, in 2 – 3 weeks they will be cured and I can cut away the tops and roots. Will put aside the best looking ones for seeds, share some with friends and enjoy the remainder.
Also harvested Swiss chard, kale and collard greens to share with friends and neighbours. I think next year I will grow these in the fall and skip the spring planting. Doing so will give me additional real estate to plant more peas, and after I pull up the peas I will have space for my fall crops.
Reseeded my carrots again, hopefully the seeds will germinate this time and hopefully it is not too late and I will have a harvest. Pleased with me, I remembered to make notes (I am improving, Mary N back).
Rained yesterday (Sunday) finally. Ground is nice and soft so this week, weather permitting, will be spending most of my spare time pulling weeds and getting the gardens into shape.
Kohlrabi growing in the garden.
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