Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Glut of Summer

This past week, I've been pickling, drying and freezing most of what the garden is producing.  The zucchini plants are looking a bit overgrown right now so I can imagine a time soon when they will no longer be productive.  As you can see, I haven't been good about picking them on a daily basis and so some of the fruits are on the heftier side.  These I've shredded and frozen for zucchini bread and fritters.  And after a brief hiatus, our broccoli plants are producing really good-sized side shoots.  One in particular was almost half the size of the main head. 

 The beans have been prolific this week.  Aside from my runner beans, I'm growing bush-type beans and so this abundance won't last forever.  Most of my runner bean haul was blanched and frozen.  Frozen beans don't sound too exciting now, but I imagine that they will be a welcomed sight come winter.

 What I've been doing lately is going out into the garden when I get home from work and picking a handful of string beans for dinner.  I love when the garden becomes an extension of our kitchen pantry. 

 I've been picking a lot of scallions as well.  They've held up incredibly well despite the heat.  I treat them as a cut and come again crop, leaving about 3 to 4 inches of the base to regrow.  They seem to bounce back fairly quickly.  And even if they end up yellowing and flopping over in August, by late September, they'll be green and lush again. 

Lastly, the beets (like this year's spring carrots) have taken quite a long time to size up.  In every growing season, there always seems to be one crop that suffers. This year, it's the root vegetables.  The leaves on the parsnips that I seeded back in early May are only about 8 inches tall.  And my winter carrots, which I seeded the other week, did not germinate well.  There's really nothing else to do at this point but to keep trying and hope for the best.

7 comments:

  1. I love planning dinner around what it harvested that day in the garden. You certainly have a lot of summer squash. I am still waiting for the predictable glut. I plan on dehydrating the majority because I found it so easy to add it to pasta and soups. ~ Rachel @ Grow a Good Life

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  2. Gorgeous squash & beans - love all the colours! My carrots have also taken forever to size up - in fact they are still in the ground. I think I may have planted them later than I should have.

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  3. Love those beautiful beans and squash, I'm waiting for my squash plants to get their acts together. The female flowers bloom first and the male flower is not cooperating, that's life I suppose!

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  4. Pretty, oh so pretty! I've always loved the combination of the green, yellow, and purple beans. All the colors from a summer garden are so wonderful.

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  5. What a bountiful harvest from your garden! I have planted 2nd crop of squash about 2 weeks ago in new built raised bed so hopefully we will have some squash toward the end of September before weather cools down.

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  6. I love the summer bounty too. I got to pick some broccoli side shoots this morning so I'll be having them for dinner. Tomorrow I'll be picking the chard. So much goodness.

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  7. Beans and zuccinis :) The same here, in my garden - but I must say, this white-purple bean pod looks very attractive to the eye :)

    Great harvest!

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