July 15, 2013
I think it is officially too hot for lettuce 😦 I picked the last little bit this week – only enough for one salad (the kids were not too upset). I am still planting lettuce every two weeks so whenever the weather is cool enough, I’ll already have little plants ready to flourish.
Surprisingly, we still are getting some kale from seeds that were planted in January. Go figure. So, we are still enjoying kale salads some nights (only about 2/week).
We have eaten all the carrots planted so this week I reevaluated how many needed to be planted from now on. I am going to buy from the store to allow what is in the ground to mature fully. It saddens me that I am buying things that I have been harvesting from the garden for a few months or more but all I can do is learn from my experience and keep planting more!
Each week I think I we are about done with blueberries and then another set of bushes mature and we are overrun with berries. I picked Monday and Friday of this week.
I am freezing most of them because most of them are split (due to the unending rain we have been having this summer). If I keep the split ones out for more than 24hrs, they start to rot. So, I pick the whole ones & put them in containers to eat for a few days and freeze the rest.
Right now, we are having strawberry jam on our PB&Js (from strawberries picked this spring) but I can easily switch to blueberry jam, as we have GALLONS of frozen blueberries in the freezer.
Green beans (bush and pole) were also picked for meals this week. My daughter has a small section of garden this year. She is growing pole beans and we are paying her for her harvests. She was able to make her first profit this week.
I had a baby zucchini but it rotted right off the plant.
One night we had roasted potatoes, oven-fried squash, steamed green beans and bean burgers on homemade bread. Another night, we had veggie pot pie with green beans, squash, potatoes, and carrots from the garden. As eating solely from the garden is my main goal, these two nights gave me all sorts of joy 🙂
(This is the 5yo’s plate. Clockwise from the top: kale salad w/raisins & apples, bean burger on homemade whole wheat bread, steamed pole & bush beans, roasted potatoes, oven fried squash (just egg & bread crumbs for breading). We eat simply but it was all very yummy 🙂 Seconds were had by all!)
Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week across the country 🙂