Garden update

It’s one of those, “I haven’t posted in over a week, where do I start?” kind of mornings over here.  So, how about a little June garden tour and update?

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Strawberry season has given way to red raspberry season (with black raspberries — my favorite!) soon to follow.

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We’re currently harvesting artichokes (those crazy, spiky Jurassic-looking plants in the background — see here for artichoke serving suggestion) and the garlic (on the right) is almost mature.

Matthew harvested over six pounds of garlic scapes a couple of weeks ago, four pounds of which we sold to Local Harvest Grocery in Kirkwood.

We’ve been incorporating the rest into our meals, mainly using it as you would garlic, but adding it toward the end of cooking time since it’s more delicate.

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Pictured from front to back: feathery fennel fronds, cruciferous veggies, onions, and potatoes.

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We’ve been harvesting fennel, including some for sale to Five.  We roasted most of the fennel the last two years, but I’m experimenting with very thin slices for use in salads this time around.

We had a beautiful lettuce harvest (and lovely salads) for a few weeks, but most of the lettuce is bolting now.

It’s probably just as well, as I’ve concluded that all the greenery in huge salads makes my stomach grumpy.  It doesn’t happen every time, but often enough that I’m scaling back a bit and trying for less lettuce and more toppings.

We’ve also been enjoying fresh peas, including our first experience growing shelling peas.  They require a bit more work (i.e., the shelling) as compared to sugar snap peas, but they’re sweet and delicious — worth it!

Sir finds peas of all kinds delightful, and I learned the hard way that sitting next to him on the floor, attempting to shell and snap peas while he played, was a losing proposition when my goal was actually having peas left for dinner!

What’s growing in your garden and/or what fun local produce is on your plate this week?

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3 Responses to Garden update

  1. shannon says:

    Look at your gorgeous garden! That’s so, so much more massive than my own; i bet that’s so much work (and so much fun). 🙂 What’s growing in my garden? Hopefully lots of different peppers, some cherry tomatoes, and bunches of herbs, but i haven’t been out in a few days because of the rain, so i’m hoping everything is still intact and not “bunny-fied.” We have some seriously aggressive bunnies around here and i’ve semi-had it.

    • Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      Yes, it’s a lot of work — definitely my husband’s baby! We’ve also had some rabbit problems this spring. A few gaps in our chicken-wire fencing led to a tender young seedling eating fest. Matthew’s been repairing the fencing and chased [what is hopefully the last] rabbit out over the weekend — fingers crossed!

  2. We have a small (tiny compared to yours) 8 by 4 foot raised bed in our yard. Right now we have one lettuce plant that survived the bunnies. Actually it is the only one that came up – old seeds, I guess. We also have three large basil plants, 3 tomatoes (a cherry, an Early Girl and a Gypsy) and a ring of garlic around the perimeter (about 45 plants). The garlic is supposed to deter the rabbits, and it is working to keep them off the lettuce so far.I have more basil seedlings started and will put them in the garden when they are bigger.

    I also have another cherry tomato plant in a pot, a new variety for us, Koralik. My dad started a bunch of heirloom plants and shared a few with me. I am kicking around the idea of starting a few lettuce and spinach plants in a pot so I can keep them in the shade for most of the day. It will be a total experiment to see if I can grow lettuce during a St. Louis summer. 🙂

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