Sunday, August 9, 2015
In the Garden :: August 9
In the last week the garden has definitely hit its stride. The extended cool to the beginning of the season has us running a little behind last year's harvest. Most notably, several of the plants themselves are much smaller. Though our harvest dates have started a bit later the yields all seem to be great, even from the smaller plants.
We harvested the garlic, which in and of itself ended up being quite an adventure. B ended up putting on his bee suit to harvest the last few rows as we had discovered a group of ground wasps had decided to take up residence in that bed. We yielded 168 heads this year!
We enjoyed the first of our yard long beans. They have been fun to watch grow, and have a special sweetness to them that gives them an asparagus like quality. I think these will become a quick favorite, and be something that we grow again.
Both summer and winter squash are making impressive showings. It is not unusual for summer squash to be abundant, I am sure you've heard of national sneak zucchini on your neighbors porch day (which happened to be yesterday)! What is most exciting is the sheer volume of butternut squash that is well on it's way to maturity.
The late summer wildflowers are abundant and peppering my kitchen with their display. There is just something about fresh cut flowers!
As I mentioned earlier, this is the crunch time for food preservation. So far we are keeping up, but are really trying to get ahead. As you can see the tomatoes are beginning to blush so along with what I hope is a big tomato season and the backlog of everything else, I know we will come back to quite an onslaught after we return from vacation.