I look forward to this time each year. By late June, the garden starts to produce an abundance vegetables of varying textures, flavors and succulence. Gone now are the leafy greens of spring. Instead, we get to enjoy crispy snow peas, crunchy broccoli and tender zucchini.
Hi harvested my first two Imperial Star artichokes this past week. They have produced reliably for me each year I've grown them. I'm always amazed by how early they are. My Green Globe Artichokes on the other hand take a little longer to produce.
Unfortunately, none of our shell peas have made it into the house. The kids love them and so do I. I munch on them as I go about my gardening chores.
We picked the first Fava beans of the year today. I can't ever imagine not having them in my veggie garden. In my opinion, they are one of the tastiest beans you can grow. Sure they require a bit more work to prepare in the kitchen, but well worth it in my opinion (which probably explains why I've never seen them at any supermarket).
Lastly, our three Romanesco zucchini plants are producing very well straight out of the gate. So far this past week, we've picked about a dozen. I hand pollinate the female flowers each morning to ensure proper fruiting. Within a day or two of doing so, they are generally ready to pick.