It happens every year. At the moment, we are drowning in summer squash. If I forget to pick daily, then the problem just compounds itself. I've been able to give much of it away to our neighbors. And summer squash has become a permanent fixture in our weekday stir-fries. The rest - well, tonight I broke out our dehydrator. I'll grate and freeze some of it as well. I've been putting it off, but now is the time to hunker down and start preserving some of the bounty. That would be the sensible thing to do.
Our runner beans are starting to come in. They seem almost as prolific as the summer squash. Up until this point, I'd never eaten runner beans before. The outer skin is more leathery than your average green bean, but they are still very tasty and have an excellent crunch. I imagine they would make great pickles.
Our salad cucumbers are coming in as well. I've picked about 10 so far. 'Tasty Jade' is an excellent choice for the home grower in my opinion. I am partial to growing cucumbers that don't require pollination in order to set fruit. Tasty Jade is also very crisp and sweet. One of our favorite summertime snacks is simply a freshly-picked cucumber slicked and sprinkled with a bit of course salt. It's true what they say - heaven is a homegrown cucumber.
I've picked all of my red currants. This week, I'm due to pick the rest of the black. Strangely, the birds have left them alone, which means that I'll be able to pick them when they are perfectly ripe. These are destined for making jams and syrups (for homemade soda).
The last of the broccoli is slowing coming in. Pretty soon, it will be time to pull out the plants and grow something less, which reminds me that now is the time to sow seeds for fall broccoli, beets and kale.