And now I am in the middle of harvesting the produce of my garden. Whew. What a lot of preserving to be done. In addition to freezing a lot of produce, so far I’ve made pickles, zucchini pickles, blackberry jam, tomato sauce, zucchini and cucumber chips, zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake, blueberry ice cream, various soups, and more.
Here is my garden tally, as of the end-ish of July.
Blackberries: 30 (still going)
Strawberries: 60 (Still going)
Bumper blueberry crop this year. I made blueberry ice cream and gave the rest to Savvy Junior.
The strawberries are doing better since I dealt with the boxelder bugs.
I’m happy to get any currants since it’s a new plant. The raspberries, though… I don’t know what is wrong with them.
Crops That Are Finished:
Lettuce (oz): 116
Pea Pods: 401
I finally (!!) figured out how to grow lettuce. This was a great achievement for me. In the past, my lettuce has tended to bolt, but this year, I got it to grow big and form heads. Hurrah.
The biggest disappointment was the beets. The variety I planted was oddly flavorless. I’m switching to a different variety this fall.
Crops That Are Still Going:
Cucumbers: 445 (!)
Spicy peppers: 25
Cucumbers, cucumbers, cucumbers. So far I’ve pickled them, dried them, cooked them, eaten countless salads, and given away a bucketfull to an old-folks home. The plants are still producing.
I’m not sure I like multi-colored carrots. They look great, but don’t taste as sweet as regular orange carrots.
By using my outdoor ant trap, I kept the squash plants unusually healthy this year. My zucchini plants are slowing down, but still producing. Best of all, they aren’t covered with aphids and ants.
My favorite crop this year has been the dragon’s tongue beans. They produce a ton, taste great, and are so pretty.
The green beans did well too.
As usual, I’m excited about getting tomatoes.
Still To Come: Sweet Peppers, Scarlet Runner Beans, Melons, Winter Squash, Fennel Bulbs, Leeks, Figs, and Hops.
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