today’s harvest

I harvested bit of broccoli (Marathon) and cilantro today from under the covers of my winter low tunnel. The tunnel is about 4 feet high and protected with three layers of winter row cover and a top layer of green house plastic. It’s pretty cozy in there. I have never grown winter broccoli before. It’s like winter kale – really tender and sweet. It only needs one minute of cooking, a little butter and salt, and it’s amazing! The cilantro is really welcome in the middle of winter too. It’s…

it’s tomato season at last!!!

I have buckets full of beautiful red tomatoes now! It’s amazing we get through the whole rest of the year without these glorious garden fresh tomatoes. My tomatoes ripened quite a bit later this year than previous years, but it looks like I’ll make up for that by having LOTS!! This year I have 17 different varieties. I was planning to only plant a couple varieties – just my favorites, but it was really hard to narrow it down, and the there are always new ones to try. So I…

today’s harvest

Oh my goodness! So much bounty from the garden. I used harvests from this past week today to make two pickle recipes as well as cucumber salad and sauteed zucchini for dinner tonight.

today’s harvest – eggplants!

My first eggplants of the season!! I am excited to harvest these. Eggplants have trouble growing in my garden because of flea beetles. Last year I had didn’t get any eggplants, though I planted a dozen plants. The leaves had more holes than green, the plants barely grew, and no fruit. I tried again anyway and it’s much better this year. I guess there are fewer flea beetles this year. I know they hatch in waves and like to feed on hot sunny days. I think maybe we had a…

today’s harvest – garlic!!

This is my garlic harvest!! Plus a few onions and some dill. I am pleased with my garlic this year. About 70 nice big heads. I will wash them, then let then dry in the sun a day or so, and then trim the roots and stems. This is a great variety of garlic. It was given to me by a friend and she couldn’t remember the name.  An Allium expert told me the other day that she is sure this variety is German Red.

today’s harvest

I love it when I can bring in a basket filled with all sorts of vegetables. Today I have bok choy, round cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccolini, radicchio, some red oak leaf lettuce, pickling cucumbers, and summer squashes: yellow, patty pan and zucchini. I think there is some basil in there too.

4th of July harvest

My 4th of July harvest is escarole and basil. I ended up with way too much, so this is the box I put out to share with my neighbors. I thought the big heads of escarole looked nice broken in half and tied with a string. This way the blanched inner leaves show. In past years, I would have had my family or some friends over the celebrate the 4th in our patio. I have often posted photos of my mom or my sister picking vegetable in my garden. Not…

today’s harvest

I have an overabundance of lettuce, so I put it out on a table by my mailbox. It disappears fast. There is escarole, broadleaf and frissee in the left box and lettuce in the right one.