Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers!!!!!
The week started out HOT and dry, luckily we had rain mid week. Did not cool things down much, but the plants were happy, especially the heat loving ones. Tomato plants shot up, I will get tomatoes after all. The Chinese long beans started to climb. Before the heat wave, they were at a stand still. All the other veggies have taken off too. I am a happy gardener.
Lettuce did not like the heat and appeared ready to bolt, so harvested them except the 3 planted under the Asian pear tree. Will leave these 3 to see how they hold up through the summer heat in partial shade. They are leaf lettuce from a mix, so I have no idea what variety they are, too bad.
Mixed lettuce – red leaf, green leaf and romaine
Harvested a bunch of beets.
Cleaned the greens, cut into about 2-inch length. Stir-fried in oil with fresh ginger, garlic scapes, salt and pepper to taste. Served as a side.
Steamed the roots, peeled and sliced thinly. Combined with rice vinegar, shredded ginger, Chinese parsley (cilantro), orange zest, sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste. Served cold.
Beets, Detroit dark red
The beet root, 2nd from left, measured 2¼ inches in length an 1½ inches in diameter
These beets are unexpected surprise. I had sown two 48-inch rows of parsnips. Parsnips take a long time to germinate. To mark the area, I planted a row of Detroit dark red beet seedlings between the 2 rows, figuring when the parsnips germinate and need the space I will pull the baby beet plants for greens. Imagine my surprise when I pulled the plants, not only did I get a big bunch of greens (should have weighed it) but look at the size of the beet roots!!!!! Definitely doing this interplanting again next spring.
Remember the red leaf amaranth I left to grow among my carrots? It grew and grew, was huge (too bad I did not take a photo) . There were also other volunteers growing in other areas of the garden, together there was enough for a meal, so I harvested them all.
Red leaf amaranth
The leaves are redder than what is shown in the photo
Harvested my first head of broccoli, a beauty.
Could have cut just below the main head and allow the side shoots to continue to grow, but the plant was quite tall and I worried it would topple over. Side shoots will grow from the remaining stalk.
Another first: purple and green kohlrabi. Not only are the kohlrabis not doing well, they are also splitting, especially the purple ones.
See the split on the purple one at left? Lost its beauty but not its flavor
Harvested the last of my garlic scapes.
Will have to wait until next spring to enjoy this treat again.
Oak leaf hydrangea
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