Saturday, June 22, 2013
Well, late June this year has been fantastic in the garden! We have gotten rain quite frequently so no additional watering has been necessary in the garden and the pots have only needed watering occasionally.
We have our garden edged in daylilies and they are in full, glorious bloom! You can’t even see the veggies behind them when standing in the yard.
It is just a beautiful, bountiful early summer this year.
Here is a run down of the latest garden news:
The earliest lettuce is flowering and the second harvest is bolting (and starting to have some leaves that have a bitter taste). The flowering lettuce has pretty blue flowers.
|Baby yellow crookneck squash|
The fava beans are ready to eat as a whole bean or you can wait until they are about 12” long and shell them for the seeds.
The cabbage is ready to harvest. The broccoli has little heads on it. Cabbage or broccoli can be frozen. You just blanche them (throw them in boiling water for a couple of minutes, then dunk them in cold water) and put them into freezer bags.
The garlic, elephant garlic, and onions are blooming. There is a debate on whether to remove the flowers to get bigger heads. I leave them. The bees love them! Garlic will be ready to harvest in the fall.
When the onion or shallot leaves fall over, then they are ready to harvest. Pull them and leave them in the sun or bring them in a hot, dry area to season before bringing them in for storage.