Mid-July Harvest

Yesterday’s harvest: five cucumbers, Swiss chard and basil. I had harvested two cucumbers a couple of days earlier, so I used some of them up in last night’s dinner: I made a big Greek salad and served it alongside Mediterranean steak tips (marinated with fresh herbs from the back porch) with yogurt sauce, roasted garlicky eggplant, tahini sauce and rice. That still leaves four cucumbers 🙂



Today I harvested my garlic. It was a good year, based on the amount and the size of the heads. Now they are drying a bit on the porch for a couple of days and then will be cleaned and cured in the back hallway. I am guessing I got about 50 to 60 heads, both hardnecks and softnecks. This should last us throughout the year.

Softnecks on the left, hardnecks on the right

First Cucumber

… and last lettuce (for now). I also pulled some more onions. The garlic is almost ready. I spent a couple of hours in the garden this morning weeding and trellising the cucumbers. I also planted more beans. Only a few came up and most of them had their little leaves nibbled off. I am blaming the woodlice, of which I have many in my plot. It is probably all the decaying wood from the plot borders that keeps them happy (as apparently are my tender seedlings).

Cucumber trellis (and too-close kale)
The plot this morning
There is still asparagus coming up in the plot.

4th of July


Spent some time in the garden this beautiful Saturday morning harvesting almost all of the remaining lettuce and planting pole beans, more rainbow carrots (some I sowed earlier have actually come up, yay!) and three more tomato plants (Paul Robson, Jaune Flamme and Black Krim). The garden plot is getting there, but most plants are still small because I did not really plant anything until we had water about a month ago.

The plot today
Left side: dahlias, rhubarb, cucumbers, nasturtium, lettuce, pole beans, butternut squash, zucchini, onions, Swiss chard, kale, eggplant, carrots, borage, leeks
Right side: cosmos, dahlias, asparagus, tomatoes, marigolds, nasturtium, basil, parsley, kale, hot pepper, delicata squash, garlic, leeks, beets
A lot of lettuce that I washed and dried and now store in the fridge to use over the next few days

Early July


Things are happening fast now in the garden. We had some good rain a few days ago and it has been pretty hot. Everything is growing well. The squash has been taking off:

Butternut squash

I also harvested the first Chiogga beets. So pretty! We had them shaved with salad for dinner tonight. Delicious.

Chiogga beets