This is turning out to be "one of those years" - you know, those really bad years that are sprinkled amongst the good ones?
Here we are in mid-July and this is my first Harvest Monday post of the year - THAT'S the kind of year it's shaping up to be. Firstly, I've been incredibly busy both in and out of the garden - I'm having a hard time keeping up (and truth be told, I'm not keeping up at all but am way behind). Then there is the frustration of those dang rabbits - they are still getting into the veg areas and I've just about given up. Many veg have been damaged, among them lettuce, peppers and eggplant, but their primary focus lately has been beans and peas. The rabbits are, apparently, very particular as some varieties have minimal damage while others are now mere sticks poking out of the soil.
Another unwanted newcomer to the garden that I mentioned in a previous post has ramped up it's presence - from one lone beetle spotted about a month ago to this:
|Potato Beetle Larva - All were picked off and dropped into a soapy water solution|
minutes after their moment in the spotlight
I only see the larva on the volunteer potato plants at this stage - it looks like Mother Nature is teaching me a valuable lesson. Letting the volunteers mature is not in line with the principles of crop rotation - a fundamental practice in reducing or eliminating pests and diseases. I should really be pulling up those baby potato plants as soon as I see them. It's a tough one when the gardener in me wants to take full advantage of these surprises and reap the rewards.
So I've pulled out one of the volunteers (which was in the potato bed from two years ago!) and harvested a couple of tiny potatoes:
Tiny, but mmm, mmm good with a bit o' salt and butter to accompany my lunch...shhh...don't let the rest of the family know ;) I'll bite the bullet and pull up the rest of the volunteers this week.
Other than the baby potatoes, the harvests are rather late this year. Our wacky spring really threw things off and we are at least 2-3 weeks behind. Here is a rundown of what I am/have been harvesting:
|Shelling Peas (Aladdin)|
|Kale (Red & White Russian and Ursa Red)|
|Sugar Snaps & Snow Peas (Mammoth Melting)|
|Lettuce (Mignonette Bronze and Tropicana)|
Also harvested within the past few weeks but not photographed were salad turnips/greens, mizuna and a huge quantity of scapes (over 1.5 kg/3.4 lbs!). As a side note, I am weighing the harvests but have not had the opportunity to transfer my kitchen notebook scribbles to the computer yet - as I said, it's turning out to be one of THOSE years.
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.