We are enjoying 2 weeks of summer here in NW. Temperatures are moving to 80s for past several days and everyone’s loving the warmth of the bright sun.
Blueberries and Strawberries
On Monday, I picked very last of the strawberries. Everything in the patch is picked over, there are few left for the critters. Every year, last of the strawberries look smaller, more angular. I am thinking that few of the strawberry plants are of the wild or alpine types, which yield late smaller berries. No complains here, it’s always nice to get strawberry harvest extended over many weeks.
Along with strawberries, few of the plump blueberries were picked. Berries got used in shake the same week.
Dill Greens – Shepu
This Wednesday I picked lots of greens, dill greens and Methi. I made shepu bhaji (dill greens) with moong daal.
Fenugreek – Methi
Methi leaves were used in Methi Thepala. No pictures here.. I’ll remember to take some pictures of the prepared meals, what fun it’ll be to see harvests into use.
Alaska Peas and Radish
Peas and radish were picked too along with the greens.
Vine Dried Peas (shall use as seeds next year) and Shelled Alaska Peas
On Saturday, came the big harvest of peas. I picked a basket full of peas. Took me an hour to shell the peas, my kids and husband took no time eating raw peas as I was shelling them. This above photo is what’s left of it. Few of the peas were dried by the time I picked them, I’ll re-plant these next year. Not sure if it’ll germinate. We’ll see…
Harvest Summary for this week:
Strawberries, alpine/wild: 24
Peas: 1 bowl full
Methi (Fenugreek): 2 bunches
Shepu (dill): 1 bunch
Summer Olympics, work and kids have been priority for last couple weeks, priority not necessarily in same order J. Gardening has been neglected for some time and its starting to show in form of plants in need of watering, slug holes in cabbage plants etc. I have to get my act together this weekend and invest some time in fixing up plants, fertilize, sluggo and watering.
Although I have been neglecting it, garden is enjoying warmth of the summer, slowly getting in giving mode.
I picked last of the lingering raspberries earlier in the week along with some blueberries. These were thrown into protein shake next morning.
Potato plant (yes, there’s only 1) was being enjoyed by slugs nightly. Since potatoes were done flowering, I could see early fruit set. Being impatient, I dug up lonely potato plant. Single plant produced these tubers, not bad at all.
This year I had big plans to grow potatoes, plan was on track until my DH decided to clean pantry one afternoon in March. I had been saving seed potatoes (organic, no-spray Yukon Gold and Red, about 8-10 in count) in pantry, little sprouts had formed, in a week or two they would be in ground. DH thought that I have been neglecting to clean up and he threw out the entire lot. I lost all interest in growing potatoes for year. To my luck, 2 volunteer potatoes came up in mid-April from exact spot I grew them last year. Last week I got 2 medium Yukon gold and this week it’s all red potatoes. Well, I am not entirely sad.
blueberries, wax beans and radish pods
On Thursday, I picked first of the wax beans, blueberries and radish pods (moogori or Mugori, mulyachya shenga)
Harvest Summary for this week:
Potatoes, red: 4 medium and 10 small
Radish Pods (Mugori, mulyachya shenga): enough to make 4 servings
Wax Beans: (Ed Hume Seeds) 5
July is bringing in lot of sunshine and warmth. I picked last of the Strawberries of 2012. There are many more left, some of them have slug damage and some are perfectly good, I am leaving them for critters, bugs. Blueberries are starting to come in, they should ripen over next 2 weeks.
On Tuesday, I picked few Strawberries, peas, pinched Basil and a single perfectly round Radish.
I picked few outer Basil leaves next day, these were promptly used in Tomato-Basil-Pepper jack grilled sandwich. I didn’t have Mozzarella at home, pepper jack worked just fine.
Thursday brought in last of the Strawberries and bowlful of Blueberries.
I made cabbage Salad for Friday potluck. Chives were picked, chopped and mixed with Cabbage/Ramen-Maggie/Vinegar/Sambal to make tangy Cabbage Salad.
Harvest Summary for week:
Peas: (28) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Basil: 2 pinches
Radish: (1) Cherry Belle, Ed Hume Seeds
Chives: 2 bunches
Sun and blueberries has started making a big appearance. Berries are still big in production.
On Tuesday, we picked strawberries raspberries and peas.
Thursday brought in more raspberries and peas.
I noticed few blueberries ripening last week, I waited for a 1-2 sunny days to make them fuller and sweet. Picked few along with usual strawberries. Birds are eyeing blueberries, I had to protect with a wire net sheet. hope it helps. While driving to work, I noticed a cool thing couple days back. Someone along lake Sammamish has a big vegetable patch facing the road. He has big Blueberry patch, saw that he hung a kite on a long pole. Cool breeze from the lake has the kite flying all time deterring birds, very cool indeed.
Harvest Summary for week
Peas: (50) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Trees and vines are showing hope, I can’t wait to test the sweet juicy plump fruits and berries.
June showers are promising bumper plump strawberries. Only if I can get to ripe ones faster than slugs. Eeeek. Like last year, I have a perfect plan to save strawberries. Let’s see how this battle plays out…
Blueberries – I got 2 plants, these berries need 2 plants to help with pollination. One plant has few berries, other is not filled yet.
Northwest Bing cherries – Black crows are as impatient as me. I am getting ready with arsenal to fight it out. Here comes CDs, flash tapes, my grandma’s old saree.
Raspberries: I can’t believe how much raspberries have spread. Can you believe these were just 3 small canes couple years back? Raspberries are against back fence on rock wall.