Well folks, this week marks the half-way point!
I think the first (and maybe the second) planting of green (and yellow and purple) beans have exhausted themselves, so this week may be peak beans. The peas are done as well, so there is just a small portion for everyone this week.
I am concerned that the heat is going to take out the lettuce soon, as high temps cause the lettuce to bolt (go to flower), which makes the leaves bitter. I will attempt to shade some of the beds this week (they are already in the shady part of the garden) to see if that will slow the process down. But it is more about the heat than the sun exposure, so we may miss a week or two of lettuce mix.
Although the cucumbers have been going gangbusters, I noticed this week that I have a cucumber beetle infestation (they just eat the leaves--don't worry about the cucumbers themselves!), so if I can't get that under control, the cucumber season may be short-lived.
The summer squash are (no surprise) growing like mad, and when I missed my Saturday picking, I found a significant number of Squash of Unusual Size (SOUS) the next time I went out there. I will be feeding the most outrageous SOUS's to the chickens, as they are not that tasty for those of us with actual taste buds.
New this week -- potatoes!! You'll notice that some of the potatoes have a few holes in them--sorry about that, but I guess that means somebody thinks they are pretty good. And I don't want to jinx myself, but it appears that a few of the cherry tomatoes are ripening...so maybe next week!
In this weeks share: beans, carrots, cucumber, lettuce mix, onions, peas, potatoes (Yukon Gold), and summer squash.
Well, I really hope you meant it when you told me you couldn't get too many beans. I think we are at peak bean season. The peas are slowing down, so this may be the last week for a decent harvest.
In this week's share: lettuce mix, golden beets, cucumber, carrots, beans, peas, kale, onions, and summer squash (for some).
I planted 3 different types of summer squash, so in the coming weeks you can expect a mix of the traditional zucchini (costata romanesco), pattypan (sunburst), and yellow (zephyr).
In this week's share: beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, lettuce mix, swiss chard, salad onions, and basil.
The beans are just rolling in now, People!
In this weeks share: lettuce mix, kale (for the kale lovers), beans (if you didn't get any last week, you got extra this week), peas (for everyone!), broccoli (for some), carrots, turnips (again, I know, but they are so prolific!), salad onions, lemon balm, and mint (for those who asked).
If you want to be added to the kale or mint lovers club, let me know and I'll hook you up weekly as long as it's available!
New things are ready this week! I feel like we've turned a bit of a corner, and we should be getting a little more every week. We are still short of peas, although there are a ton that are "almost" ready. But the green (and purple and yellow) beans are starting to produce pretty well, so we should be getting a steady supply of beans and peas for the next few weeks.
In this week's share: lettuce mix, kale, peas or beans(!), carrots(!), more turnips, salad onions, and basil.
Hope you have a great holiday weekend!