|First Tomato picked June 26, 2015|
Saturday, June 27, 2015
How often do you get something that is better than advertised? I bought a Burbee's Fourth of July Tomato plant this spring. I thought I would try one plant as August first or later is often my start of the tomato season. Well when I checked on the progress of the plant last week, I was shocked and pleased to see a tomato ripening! Not willing to let birds or slugs or deer get the first tomato of the year, I picked the little devil on June 26th. Yes, in June.
And oh so scrumptious. Not like a mid August Black Krim, but not like anything I have had in eight months. The plant is a hybrid, so I won't try to save seed, but I will certainly look for the plants again next year. As an indeterminate tomato, it has been said to produce well into October or November. I am going to root some cuttings to aim for that late crop. I may even try to bring in a late plant to try to have stems for rooting next year.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
|Kohlrabi, just before pulling June 16, 2015|
|Entire plant pulled|
|Ready for launch|
So how do you eat this thing? First you trim off the rest of the stems and say good bye to the Sputnik appearance. If the bulb is tender you can use a veggie peeler to pare off the thin outer layer. If it is starting to toughen a bit, I just use a paring knife to shave off the thin outer skin. An apple peeler hand machine would be awesome. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. Slice the little ball into 1/8 inch circles. Cut each circle in half to have two semi circles. They can now be used like radishes, but without a kick. Great on a cut veggie platter, or for dipping in your favorite veggie sauce. The semi circles are great for stir fry or for addition to soups.
Kohlrabi is becoming more popular in the gardening scene, and I actually purchased mine as a nine pack of starter veggies at Home Depot this spring for $3.44 for the pack. And one better than a Model T, you can actually get them in white or purple. If you start seed in early July, you should have an even better fall harvest of this member of the cool weather veggies of the cole group.
Say bye bye to this one, as he is invited to dinner tonight.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
|Zucchini, as of June 14, 2015|
My previous posts tagged for zucchini are from the months of September and October. It was unusual to have it that late, as bugs or mildew usually do it in. The newer bush zucchini are quite susceptible to squash borers eating out the main stem. If you pile more dirt around the base of the plant they will often put out new roots and continue to grow. That is how I kept them late into the season. They also grow so quickly that plants started before July 15th should produce a fall crop.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
|Mixed Bed, June 2,2015|
In March, space was at a premium to stuff holding on over the winter, so I put the plants in this little bed that has a short one foot tall rabbit fence. The kale and broccoli starts on hand also got planted. A veritable free for all, with space opening up as the peas and broccoli get pulled. For now it is a beautiful exuberance of attractive green.
|Two pea pods in the center|
This shot has a little side shoot of broccoli in the middle, with a couple of pea pods to the left, and curly kale leaves with rain droplets. Simply scrumptious.
|Peas picked June 2, 2015|
|Most pods had eight peas!|
|Finally planting, May 29th, 2015|
Wouldn't it be ironic for them to keel over now that they have been finally planted?
The bush just put in is at the bottom of this shot. The second bush is just above the wood chip path, and the third bush is by the white tag at the top of the picture. The bushes have about six feet between them for future growth. Bird netting will be a must, as catbirds and robins will pick a bush clean. Just before you might find nice blue and ripe berries. But they are in!!