Happy 4th of July from my garden! We finally got a good amount of much needed rain this week. It looks like the coming week will be hot and dry, so I'm sure the veggies appreciated some rainfall. There were plenty of veggies from the garden for our 4th of July grilling celebration. No cookout is complete without some fresh grilled corn.
This is New Mama Super Sweet Corn, which is an open pollinated variety. It was very delicious, however, I had horrible germination rates with this variety. Out of over 200 seeds, I only got about 60 plants. I'm going to save some seeds just to see how they do, but I did go ahead and plant a later round of Honey Select corn.
There was a repeat from last week, another wild blackberry pie. There are still plenty of blackberries even though there seem to be endless flocks of birds. We picked plenty on a very hot and humid day, which was a very sweaty endeavor. However, a scrumptious blackberry pie for the holiday was worth the sweat.
I also harvested peppers, squash and zucchini this week. I seem to be getting about one squash or zucchini per day, which has been manageable. The peppers and squash got grilled along with some onions. The pepper plants are loaded with fruit. I just need to be a bit more patient and wait for them to turn red.
The broccoli is doing well.
And was used in this broccoli and quinoa casserole. The recipe called for pesto, so I picked some basil and made my first batch of the year.
I got my first beans this week. I think I will use them in some stir fry since I don't have very many at this point. I've also been harvesting a few okra. I'm not sure why I decided to plant a single okra plant. I'm not really a fan of it and so far I haven't used any of it. I did discover that J has never had okra, so I need to figure out how to introduce him to it. Hopefully he will like it more than me!
The cucumbers are also getting picked regularly, just a couple per day. I haven't begun pickling them yet, but that will have to begin soon. I also dug up the last of the spring planted carrots. It has been a very good carrot year for me.
There was also some more spring planted Red Creole Onions.
Carrots 17 oz
Broccoli 2.7 lbs
Beets 2 lbs
Onion 4.9 lbs
Summer squash 7 lbs
Peppers 14.1 oz
Okra 2.9 oz
Corn 1.8 lbs
Cucumber 4.3 lbs
Green beans 3.2 oz
Yearly harvest: 157.7 lbs
That's all the harvests coming from my garden this week. To see what others are harvesting, check out Harvest Monday on Our Happy Acres.