Whoa, doggies, it got hot today! I'm not complaining, I'm rejoicing. I spent almost the entire day in the garden, harvesting lettuce, onions, peas, carrots, snap peas, potatoes and raspberries. I pruned bottom leaves from several tomatoes, and tied them up where necessary. I pulled all the snap pea vines after a final harvest, and put them in the composter. I pulled all of the smaller onions from bed #4, and in their place I planted the parsley that wasn't doing well in its pot, two small plants of basil and five marigold seedlings. That bed is still half empty, and ready for planting something else, but I've not quite decided what. Maybe some beets.
I happened to be checking on my zucchini, when I spotted this. Twin male blossoms! I've never seen two blossoms on one stem before.
You have to look closely, but there are at least three female blossoms almost ready to open. There are also a lot of male blossoms, so pollination will hopefully take place naturally.
I cut two heads of Austrian Red lettuce, and one huge head of Red Sails. That's not my laundry basket holding the Red Sails, but it is a pretty good sized basket, and that one head of lettuce fills it completely. The last of the sugar snap peas were picked, blanched and frozen. I found several more after this photo was taken, while pulling the pea vines, so I'll be using them fresh. These are the last of the Chantenay carrots. Oh, how I wish I'd planted more! The tops broke off of the two Walla Walla onions as I pulled them, so they were cleaned and trimmed and stored in the refrigerator. The large scallion was flopping over into an adjoining bed, so it also got pulled.
A second trip to the garden gave me new red potatoes, a container of raspberries, and 2/3 cup of peas.
Quite a bit of today's harvest went into tonight's dinner. The Hamburger Cabbage Casserole contained cabbage, carrots and onion from the garden. The peas and carrots and the baby new potatoes were as fresh as they could possibly be. Of course, I had to have my favorite salad of freshly picked lettuce, cranberries and walnuts, with an oil/vinegar/sugar dressing. No, I never get tired of it! The meal was served with a crusty baguette and ice cold lemonade.
It will probably be a few days before I publish another garden dinner. Sometimes we just have to eat the leftovers!