Thursday, June 16, 2011

Welcome to Summer!

Hello everyone, and welcome to summer in the garden. It's a beautiful and exciting place, somewhat exploding (in the best way possible) with greens right now. For those of you who aren't here, here are some photos:

late May (or early June) 2011

late May (or early June) 2011


This is the very same claytonia we discovered underneath the mini hoop tunnels when we peeked underneath them off toward the end of winter. Claytonia is also known as "miner's lettuce" because miners during the California gold rush supposedly ate it to prevent scurvy.

tomato transplants, purchased from a nursery in Cheshire, MA

We had a bit of a greenhouse situation; everything that we had planted in the greenhouse to start as transplants (eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and more) is probably not going to make it. At first we thought it might be because we hadn't watered enough, but then we realized that other people who had used the same trays and soil as us were experiencing the same problems. So we aren't really sure what's going on, and from now on are pretty much just going to start everything from seed. That means it will be longer until we get produce, but that hopefully we will actually get some produce. 

so much deliciousness...

a snap pea pod


I had never seen so many radishes before. I picked about 1 1/2 lbs of them yesterday (Wednesday) and plan to pickle them in the next few days. (And when I say 1 1/2 lbs I mean just the radishes, not even including the greens.) These ones are known as "easter egg radishes" and can grow quite large before getting too bitter to be pleasurable. 

swiss chard

the mess I made while organizing the shed

and the end product! so much better than before.

I'll write more and continue taking more photos sometime. Expect another update next week! Also, check out the lists on the right-hand side of this page detailing what is ready to harvest in the gardens. If you help out, feel free to help yourself to some produce--just make sure you record what you take on the sheet on the right-hand side of the shed. Also, try not to harvest things that aren't ready yet (such as the carrots). If you're not sure, just send me an email or ask me, and I'm happy to explain. Or any general questions, or suggestions, let me know.

Here's the calendar of expected harvests and other things for the summer:


1 comment:

  1. Sonja! You rock--everything looks amazing, especially the finally organized shed! Sorry to hear about the starts, but I'm impressed that you're preserving things already.. I've never tried a pickled radish! Thanks for everything you're doing :)