It has been a great garden year with plenty of rain. It is sunny and hot now that our salad greens are at their peak it’s perfect weather for other vegetables that like the heat. ex. Tomatoes, green beans, corn, red beets, and zucchini and peppers. To see how our garden looked two weeks ago click here
The sugar peas above are ready for their first picking, and there will be a few more after this one. There are still blossoms growing on the plants that will turn into sugar peas. If you ever grew sugar peas, you probably know that they are so sweet especially right off the vine. It’s hard to resist a taste now and then while picking them.
At 11 weeks it’s amazing how quickly things grow. The picture of the blueberry bush on part 3 had blossoms on it. Now you can see they have turned into berries. As the berries start to turn blue, we will have to cover them with a net that will keep the birds from eating them before we can pick them. It seems they manage to get a few every year before we get them covered.
If you look closely, you will notice the yellow blossoms on the tomato plant above. Blossoms always turn into tomatoes unless pulled off or damaged in some way. In PA where I live, the weather is between 75 up to the nineties until September. The humidity is high which most garden plants love so we will start to see faster growth in all the plants.
Above is our last harvest of mixed lettuce. It includes leaf lettuce, spinach, arugula, and escarole. It was so much we decided to wash it in a bin outside and lay on a clean sheet to dry. Amazingly we didn’t have any bunny rabbits eating our crop this year. Sometimes a fence around the whole garden is necessary to keep the critters away. We had approximately the same amount of spinach for out last crop.
Below is all the bags of lettuces which ended up being much more than what we needed. So we just give it to anyone that comes by to visit, took it to Memorial day picnics and split it up among the family.
Fresh picked lettuce lasts longer than store bought. It should be
fresh for a week and a half to two weeks. Spinach should last at least two weeks. To learn the best way to store lettuce click her click here.
Spinach can be used in casseroles and omelettes, and all kinds of recipes throughout the winter so learn how to stock for a year here.
Interested in something new to do with your salad? Try a layered salad!