EEEEEK! It can't be August already! Please, tell me I'm having a nightmare, and when I wake up it will still be July. My garden is just now going into July. Nobody bothered to tell it that it's August.
The cosmos and sunflowers are over six feet high and haven't begun to blossom yet. That's usually a mid-July event.
7/25 - A big container of Red Sails lettuce from the summer planting, sweet and tender even in the summer's heat.
7/26 - Plump shallots. I'm extremely happy with the size of these. They were planted in the spring, and they are every bit as large as those I've planted in the fall for harvesting the following year.
7/26 - I pulled the last of the stubby carrots. No, they were not a stubby variety, and I have no idea why they grew like this.
7/26 - Tomatoes. Clockwise from top: Pink Brandywine, Bloody Butcher, Matt's Wild Cherry, Una Heartstock, Sunsugar.
7/27 - Sorry for the glare of the flash on the onions. The first Sungold tomato, and the first cucumber, puny and deformed as it is.
7/27 - More Fortex pole beans, being readied for the freezer. They are trimmmed, blanched in boiling water for four minutes, cooled in ice water, and drained. I love these beans!
After the beans are frozen solid, they are bagged and sealed with the super sack sucker (Rival Vacuum Sealer).
7/28 - More of the sweet, succulent Red Sails lettuce. It is really making some nice salads for us and the pet rabbit.
7/30 - The Fortex beans are making Granny very happy! The Cherokee Purple tomatoes are getting larger and tastier.
7/30 - Finally! Pretty carrots! These are from a later planting of the same variety as the ugly, hairy, stubby ones that were pulled this week.
7/31 - A final walk through the garden on the last day of July. First I harvested a big colander of Fortex pole beans. Have I mentioned how I love these beans?
Then I picked a few tomatoes and stopped to admire the zinnias. Have I mentioned how I love my zinnias? This is the first year I've grown pretty ones. They're usually eaten by bugs before they blossom.
By the time I reach the patio, my colander is full. Guess what we had for dinner.....Fortex beans, beautiful carrots and lots of tomatoes.
Then another quick trip to the garden to pick the strawberries. Luckily there were still some shortcake biscuits in the freezer, so it was a strawberry shortcake night.
Beans, bush - 1.25 pounds
Beans, pole - 4.19 pounds
Broccoli - 3 ounces
Carrots - 3.19 pounds
Cucumbers - 3 ounces
Herbs - 10 ounces
Lettuce - 2.38 pounds
Onions - 6 ounces
Rhubarb - 1.38 pounds
Shallots - 1.38 pounds
Strawberries - 3.31 pounds
Tomatoes - 5.63 pounds
Total harvest for the week: - 24.06 pounds
Total harvest for the year to date: - 228.5 pounds
Please join in the Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions!