I think I can now say that summer has arrived in my garden because I reaped a summer’s harvest in the past week! I harvested about 2.5 pounds of various greens, 3.5 pounds of sweet and hot peppers, 3 pounds of various snap beans, 116 heads of garlic, 3 onions, 63 radishes, 8 cucumbers, and my first tomato.
HARVEST ON JUNE 3:
The biggest harvest of the day was pulling my full bed of garlic. Here are my bulbs laying on three screens to dry. (For more pictures and information, see 2014 Garlic Harvest.)
Although my onions aren’t quite ready to harvest yet, there were three Red Creole onions bulging out of the dirt. I just had to pull them.
Once the onions were trimmed and the outer skin peeled, this is how they looked.
HARVEST ON JUNE 4:
This is my first year growing magenta orach and perpetual spinach, great “greens” to eat in salads or sauteed.
More greens and a green bell pepper. (The list under the picture starts at the top and goes counter-clockwise.)
I harvested the last of my radishes. The watermelon radishes are my favorites; the beer radishes are new – and are they spicy!
HARVEST ON JUNE 5:
I picked my first cucumbers and beans this week. I’m growing new varieties of cucumbers and one new variety of beans (Dragon Tongue) this year. Items in the picture are labeled from the top, counter-clockwise.
HARVEST ON JUNE 6:
I picked my first mini yellow stuffing pepper (a sweet pepper). I was getting ready to cut it up for the salad when I remembered I hadn’t taken a picture of it.
My Filius Blue pepper plants are putting out a lot of peppers! They may be tiny, but they pack a hot wallop. When purple, these babies are twice as hot as a serrano pepper at about 50,000 Scoville units. When ripe and red, they actually lose heat, but they’re still three times hotter than a jalapeno at 25,000 Scoville units. I admit, I haven’t tried them yet. A little afraid?? I do need to taste them purple and red to get to know their flavor. (I’ll just have the bread standing by!)
HARVEST ON JUNE 8:
I was craving stuffed Cubanelle peppers Sunday night, so off to the garden I went to pick some peppers. This isn’t my first year growing Cubanelle peppers, but these must be a different variety. They’re longer and wider than the ones I grew last year. My plants are loaded with them. I also picked a few green bells and pepperoncini with the Cubanelles.
More beans and my very first tomato this season!
I harvested so many beans, I froze a meal’s worth of wax beans and two meals’ worth of green beans. Oh yes, summer has arrived at my Sanctuary Garden.
What are you harvesting in your garden?