July 20, 2015
This week, we harvested the last of our spring carrots and the first of our summer beans PotatoesTomatoes (and a handful of strawberries) They all ripened indoors and were promptly eaten or frozen for marinara sauce in the winter. We have to ripen them indoors partially because they split from our wet July, partially because our groundhog(s) love them so much).
and…we harvested FIVE watermelon this week! (and one butternut squash) or should I say, the groundhog(s) harvested them. Grrrrrr. The chickens got what was left of the unripe melons. What a waste! We made cages for the melons and winter squash we have left. (sorry, no pictures) Hopefully, this will work. We’ll see. I loathe those stinkin’ critters! If I owned a gun… and breathe. I’m sure you empathize – when you spend time growing something beautiful like butternut squash or moon and stars watermelon, you want to EAT the fruit of your labor! 😛
Anyway, we ate one of my favorite meals this week with our produce: Pasta Primavera (onion, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, yellow squash, patty pan squash), zucchini quiche, and mashed potatoes (potatoes). Mmmmmmmmmmmm. This meal barely beats out my other favorite – bean burgers – with the same sides along with steamed green beans and a salad (just don’t have the energy to make ALL the sides 🙂 )
Since the whole garden is weeded (yay!), we spent the week tying up raspberries and volunteer tomatoes, making cages for the melons, and weeding the brick path. We will finish that up this week – then it’s on to the newly mulched area. We added a new area to the garden this winter but bit off more than we could chew and it shows! The bermuda grass is coming through everywhere. So, this week, when we finish weeding the brick area and the perennial bed beside the brick path, we’ll start tackling the bermuda grass. Pull, cover with newspaper, cover with mulch, repeat. THEN stay.on.top.of.it. I did that last year in the section we added last August and it worked.
What are you harvesting? What are your relentless critters and how do you take care of them? Check out what other gardeners are up to at Daphne’s Dandelions.