I've been a bit lax about posting harvest picks this season, but don't worry, we've been eating well. Yesterday I brought home the last of the english peas and favas, broccoli bites, onion, garlic, a big cucumber (maybe a little too big?), parsley, basil, and chives. Peas and favas were great this year; the cool spring made for a nice long harvest. My broccoli never formed big heads, so I am leaving the plants in and picking the side shoots. We ate tons of lettuce in salads and vietnamese summer rolls and it is almost time to plant some more for the fall.
Dylan hauled many loads of woodchips through the garden so that I could cover my paths with cardboard and chips. It has really helped keep the weeds down and looks nice with the trailing nasturtiums. I planted the seeds I saved from last year on the ends of each bed to hide the inevitable border weeds and act like a green mulch. The extra flowers have attracted a lot of good pollinators. Nasturtiums are also easy to pull up and compost when the time comes.
After ripping out the peas yesterday, I planted the bed with "Randy Newsome" october beans. The next bed has some brown dutch lettuce going to seed (for saving) and the "petit gris de rennes" melons. Behind that there are "little leaf" pickling cucumbers, some enormous marigold bushes, and "bush" limas in in between the trellises. Turns out they are climbing limas. They've set pods but no beans showing yet. There is some volunteer borage back there too, I let it live because the bees love it, but any stalks that flop get composted.
The front herb & flower bed has turned out well. I've had enough sweet peas to bring a few bouquets home, and the basil is doing much better this year, thanks to some robust hybrid varieties and extra compost. The sunflowers seeds were saved from the front yard last year, so they are some combo of "Lemon Queen" and "Autumn Beauty."
And the tomatoes! They are all still green, but I am very excited for this year's harvest. We may have the first blush by the end of this week. Cross your fingers that the late blight stays away.
Below: "Ernesto" a red heart shape, and "Santa Maria", a red paste/canner, are new varieties for me.
Henry impersonates a jelly bean on a cool morning.