Zone 6/7 – Southeastern Pennsylvania
The last of the snap peas are being harvested this week, and then I’ll pull the remaining plants.
I picked my first bean last week and expect more this week, along with cherry and grape tomatoes. I am continuing to pick broccoli, and I will be harvesting some cauliflower this week. Unfortunately, a bug got into many of the cauliflower plants, and I had to throw them out.
I picked five zucchini with more on the way.
Our corn is taller than me and looking wonderful. I haven’t found any ears growing yet, but I am keeping an eye on the plants to protect them from the squirrels.
Our thornless black raspberries are beginning to redden, and the currants and gooseberries look ready to harvest. I’ll work on that tomorrow. All I do is rinse them off, pop them in a quart freezer bag and freeze them, collecting the harvest until I have enough for making jam.
More beans will be replacing the snap peas, plus I will be putting in another row of lettuce and one of spinach. In place of the cauliflower plants that I had to pull, I am going to put in a few regular cucumbers. We have lots of canned pickles in our pantry from last year so I am focusing on salad cucumbers which I can share with the neighbors. Once the broccoli are finished, I’ll start my fall crop of broccoli.
After the deer munched on one of the more mature tomato plants in my new vegetable bed, we put up netting around that bed, and threw lighter netting over top of a group of tomatoes I have in one of the flower beds.
The main task right now is weeding and keeping an eye on my squash vines by the compost pile. I don’t have the space for these vines to spread.
Last week, we picked up strawberry seconds at Linvilla Orchard and checked out the local offerings in the Farmers Market. We’ll be back in a week or two to pick up seconds from the next fruit harvest – blueberries.
This week, I plan to visit the Swarthmore Farmers Market on Saturday (9 – 1 pm) to see what they are offering this year. I’d like to talk to a few local farmers about buying fruit seconds in bulk.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much to share from our home garden. I will pass along some of the zucchini since I have tons of veggies in the fridge right now.
What’s happening in your garden – trying a new crop this year or dealing with a challenging pest? Please share your news in the comments.