If you can pry your eyes away from the strawberry shortcake, the rest of the garden is growing rapidly. The peas are flowering profusely and look lovely.
But if you look closer you'll see lots of tiny problems, they are covered with aphids.
The good news is that I have some helpers. I spotted some ladybugs having an aphid buffet. I'm not confident that there are enough ladybugs to battle the amount of aphids.
I also spotted a dragonfly next to the peas. Perhaps he is joining the aphid feast with the ladybugs. I hope combined they can keep the aphid population under control.
I did harvest some fat pea pods, so at least I got some peas in case the aphids destroy them. Unfortunately we ate them before they were photographed or weighed.
The rest of this week's harvests were forms of green: cabbage, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce and Swiss chard. I've religiously weighed everything for the past three years and as much as I love having all the data, it has become too tedious. My goal was to grow 1,000 lbs of veggies and I reached that goal last year, so the motivation to weigh harvests has faded. The harvests that I dislike weighing the most are greens. 2017 is the year of sporadic weighing. I'm weighing things that strike my fancy, like strawberries.
We had a delicious garden stir fry with the cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots, and the first peas. I've also been eating lots of spring salads and veggie wraps. The garden is feeding me well right now.
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.