June Mid-Month Meanderings III

Sure, it is the 25th. Not exactly mid-month.  Not even close. Perhaps I had too many cocktails on my brain last week.  No worries. We can still squeeze a quick look at what is happening. I should tell you now that next month should be a doozy…. we’ll be on the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop/Urban Farm Tour!  I can’t wait!

I harvested the last of our rhubarb. It never fails to stun me how enormous they are…. I mean,  look at the size of that leaf!  Amazing!

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderingsThe plums are coming! It is a fairly new tree, so there still aren’t many of them. They exist though, so I’m pleased.  I found my own secret trees close by for the serious picking anyway.

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

Snap peas, beets, and spinach.  This is the most amazing beet crop I’ve grown. I am going to harvest some tomorrow and can’t wait. Pickled beets. Mmmm.

The Babylady systematically removed and ate every pea pod of every kind (snap, snow, shelling) of pea, regardless of size. Even the itty bitty ½ inch long baby peas.  Gone. All gone. If I let the dog in the garden she grazes on pea shoots. Basically, I can’t win with peas. Sure, there are certainly worse problems than your kid eating all the vegetables out the garden (see: radishes).  And, I’d like a snap pea. Just one would be nice. Thanks.

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

Some kind of summer squash coming up and strawberries. I mixed winter squash, summer squash, and melon seeds in a bowl and then planted them all over the garden.  I have no idea what or where.  Sure, I could be more organized about it.  I probably will at some point.  But right now I think it is fun to jumble it together and be surprised.  Garden mysteries are a hoot.

And, oooh, ripe strawberries!  Incidentally, this is our worst season ever for the strawberries. They are good, but sparse. I think someone (ahem) got a bit carried away with the pruning and thinning.

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

Garlic scapes are funky.  I recently harvested a bunch and left a bunch just to compare the bulbs. I’ll admit that I like looking at them more than eating them. They are good in pesto, but pesto isn’t something in high rotation in our family. I still have hoards of it from last year.  The scapes are tasty sautéed. But mostly? I like the way the curly ques look in the garden.  (I am pretty sure I just got my Foodie Card revoked with that admission.)

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

Things are busting out! I cut back spent pollinator plants to make room for new plants and some fall/winter gardening (I know! I know! How is this possible? Hard to even fathom!)

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

The columnar apples…oh my!

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

Ornamental alliums are in bloom. So pretty and the bees love them. Bzzz!

june 2012 grow and resist mid month meanderings

How is your garden growing? Have you thought of your fall and winter gardens?

Past Mid-Month Meanderings.

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13 Responses to June Mid-Month Meanderings III

  1. twintoefarm says:

    I feel your longing to try a fully ripe veggie before your kid gets to them. I am longing for at least one ripe tomato- there are a few left that I think are hidden from little eyes. Beautiful garden.

    • Thank you! Luckily she can’t reach a lot of the tomatoes when they are ripe…whew! She is now eating mostly-green/barely-turning blueberries. Sweet child…eat as much as you want, but please, please, please wait until they are ripe so the rest of us have a chance! =)

  2. Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen says:

    That rhubarb is CRAZY! And your plums – and your apples – and your scapes! Seriously don’t know how you sleep.

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  4. Sarah says:

    Have you tried pickling the scapes using the same recipe for dilly pickled beans? Delicious and a good garnish for bloody marys.

  5. val says:

    I am trying to avoid accepting that I must soon plant the fall garden, while the summer garden is barely producing anything yet. At the same time, I walk in circles in want of something to do in the garden. Maybe if I finally get a hammock I can force myself to sit still. At least this year I have enough beds where I’ll have room to start the fall seeds. A stack of cowpots and a bag of Pro-mix sit in the shed waiting…

  6. tigress says:

    that top photo is so friggin’ adorable. is she hiding peas behind there?

    • Thanks! She certainly could hide them! Today she made off with more unripe blueberries (grrrr), a few more emerging peas, and continued to eat chive blossoms (saying they are chive popsicles). =)

  7. Inder says:

    It looks great! I definitely don’t have the kid-eating-veggies problem, but I am starting to get a kid-eating-strawberries problem. It’s a problem because this pregnant mama would *really* like to eat a strawberry now and then, ahem. We only get one or two ripe berries every day or two, so there’s not exactly an ample supply (totally enlarging the patch next year – wait a minute, you’re supposed to prune strawberries? really? I had no idea!).

    I also cleared some space in our beds for late summer/fall crops. Crazy. I know.

  8. How long can you harvest rhubarb? I figured I should stop in late spring – not so?

    Maybe your columnar apples need a bit of fruit thinning.

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