Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Late June Harvest

 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. 

9 comments:

  1. That little round squash is so cute! Romanesco zucchini & favas keep popping up all over the place in everyone's blog & I really feel like I'm missing out (which I probably am!!). They are right at the top of next years seed list.

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  2. I really need to plant that variety of zucchini. I haven't tried it yet and really want to. And I love favas too. I once ordered a meal that claimed to have favas in it. When it came there were just three beans. I was pretty disappointed.

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  3. Is that Romanesco zucchini amazing or what... I do harvest mine young, the day the blossoms open, because I like to eat the blossoms and it also minimizes the glut. The zucchini are amazingly large the day the blossoms open and if you wait a day they double in size. You've got some lovely broccoli too, I'm still waiting for mine to produce, I'm getting impatient seeing all the broccoli coming out of other gardens.

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  4. Lovely harvest, I'll try Romanesco zuc next year as well, but then I also like Tromboncino squash, so many veg to try so little space......

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  5. I've never grown fava beans. I may have to add them to my to-grow list for next year. I tried artichokes once and they weren't successful, but I may have to give them a second chance. And your peas look delicious! It is really difficult to not eat them as you pick them

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  6. Super harvest. Your artichokes look great.

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  7. It is a great time of year, when the garden gives such variety. And it looks like you have a great variety of things coming in right now!

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  8. You have such a beautiful and diverse harvest from your new garden. I love the look of Romanesco zucchini with its visible ribbed structure when young. I am a few weeks away from enjoying the type of harvests you are experiencing and can't wait.

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