It is hard to believe that August is almost here! We have had a sustained heat for the last couple of weeks, and I am not complaining. Finally, Summer. Everything is growing beautifully and my hopes for the warm weather crops that become winter staples in my pantry have been renewed.
We had our first small handful of green beans, they were delicious, and picking that first handful means that we will have buckets of them within days. This year for the first time we are also growing yard-long green beans. Look at these babies! The flowers are large like broad bean flowers, and the baby green beans look like little snakes. I can not wait to see how these turn out, and more importantly how they taste!
Many seasons the winter squash does not begin to set fruit until September. This year with everything else a good two weeks behind, the butternut plants are full! This will be a great bumper crop this year. I think that I will look at canning some roasted butternut puree, that would be such a convenience on busy fall evenings that I do not want to spend the time dicing and roasting raw squash.
We have two varieties of Kohlrabi growing. They are a favorite of ours, and perfect for farm bags.
Speaking of farm bags, our fourth one of the season went out this week. This week we were harvesting winter green lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, squash, eggplant and jalapeño peppers.
Finally, as I mentioned in last weeks update, I was hopeful that the cucumbers and dill would be maturing at the same time. Yesterday B began our first crock of pickles fermenting. With the way the cucumbers are coming on, I suspect within the next week we will have a few crocks going! What's growing in your garden this week?