We’re three days into June and there’s a ton of growth everywhere, but mainly just green stuff (vines, leaves, stems, etc), without much to pick.
There are a few interesting things around the yard, though:
- A couple of onion flowers – onions are biennials so these are left over from the previous year. I didn’t know until doing some research that these flowers are edible, and the onions are still edible after flowering too, though they might not be best quality:
- I also pulled a potato plant to see how far long it had come (just making sure I could expect something from the rest of the plants). Seven potatoes isn’t too bad for this stage of the season:
It’s been a long time since August 5 of last summer, and I’ve done a lot of work on the garden that I’ll be showing in posts to come.
But this is the first post of the year – I’ve had a few radishes and strawberries and some mustard greens, but this is the first photo-worthy pick of the year.
Twelve turnips, which will roast up nicely and make a good batch of greens.
Summer, here we come. Looking forward to getting back in the habit of daily posts.
Things are slowing down a bit as we move into August. I’m hoping to see more peppers this month, and steady increases in okra.
This just might be the day I pull the lemon cucumber vine that has produced over 100 cucumbers. Almost all of the leaves are shriveled and brown, and I can use the room to start some fall crops.
Nice work, lemon cucumber.
One big sandwich-ready Brandywine today, plus three lemon cucumbers, a butternut squash, three okra, and another seventeen small tomatoes.
Also, after that, a couple of pictures of our Goliath sunflower that finally opened up!
I’m embarrassed to say I missed a post yesterday, but it was more of the same: cherry tomatoes, a big Brandywine, several lemon cucumbers, and some okra.
And today…more of the same! Thirty small tomatoes, one Brandywine (not pictured), and two okra, and three lemon cucumbers.
The lemon cucumbers just keep coming…eleven more today, plus 23 small tomatoes, 5 okra, and the first banana pepper of the season (might be the only one, as it looks right now).
I noticed two more big tomatoes that were ready to pick right before lunch, which was convenient for the purpose of making a big fat tomato sandwich.
How crazy is the one on the left?
Back to relative harvest poverty after yesterday’s mega-pick.
Just one okra, along with 22 small tomatoes, one pumpkin, and a nice black diamond watermelon, first of the summer. At the moment it looks like I’ll get at least three or four more watermelons, which I’m really looking forward to.
You know the real secret to growing lemon cucumbers?
Go on vacation for six days and let them work.
Totals for a six-day period where I didn’t pick anything: 86 small tomatoes, 2 large tomatoes, 14 okra, 36 (!) lemon cucumbers, 5 green cucumbers, 1 pumpkin, and 1 yellow squash.
That makes a season total of 104 lemon cucumbers, 99 of which have come from one vine. Wow.
Three big ugly Brandywine tomatoes today, plus three more lemon cucumbers, two okra, six yellow tomatoes, and nine butternut squash that will need to sit and cure in the sun for a few days. Nice!