Summer is almost over but the don't tell the vegetable garden that! It's been consistently pumping out all kinds of garden fresh goodies! I've been quite happy with the harvests. My friends' with black thumbs have been happy with fresh vegetable goodies and my friends' with green thumbs have been equally happy to trade garden goodies! For me, it's been a win win situation.
It seems I've been having to make harvests every other or every 3 days to keep up with the abundance this year. We've had an amazing summer here in the Pacific NW and it shows!
One of the crops that didn't like it's home in the spring/summer garden were these golden beets. Out of a patch of them, these were the only substantial roots. I think the area maybe too shaded. Note to self, plant fall/winter beets in another section!
Once they were cleaned up, the baby beets were darling. The smaller ones are the size of a large radish. Haha. Cute eh? I'm roasting them with some that I bought from the farmer's market.
The basil has had a good year. Last year mildew got all of my basil plants. This year, it's growing crazy!!! I debated whether to let them flower for the bees or cut them back to encourage a burst of new growth. Yesterday I cut back half of the stems and left half of them for the bees. Pesto anyone??!!
Be sure to stop by Daphne's Dandelions to see what other gardeners have been harvesting all over the world!
This week's totals:
- Cucumbers = 0.97 lb
- Lemon cucumbers = 0.12 lb
- Cherry tomatoes = 1.17 lb
- Roma tomatoes = 0.55 lb
- San Marzano tomatoes = 0.44 lb
- Beets = 0.31 lb
- Eggplant = 1.31 lb
- Zucchini = 0.27 lb
- Green beans = 0.04 lb
- Japanese Black Trifle tomatoes = 0.22 lb
- Shishito peppers = 0.59 lb
- Lemon basil = 0.16 lb
- Sweet basil = 0.43 lb