Harvest Monday 6.3.13

So I’ve been reading Harvest Monday posts, and been wanting to do them.  We haven’t had much that we’ve been harvesting these days, aside from a sprig of basil or mint here or there.

But it is beginning!

As I posted earlier this week, David and I ate the first two green beans from the garden. Today we picked three more!

first 3 green beansThe bottom two are Provider beans and the top is from our tricolor mix. We have a lot more beans on the way, and David and I are already researching pickled bean recipes.

We also snagged our first two jalepeno peppers from our plant.  One was laying below it, falled from an overcrowded plant. The other we picked, hoping to let the others grow bigger instead of falling to their death.

This weekend we also cleared out one of radish patches to make space for more. We’ve been trying to get radishes, lettuce and carrots in more often so that we constantly have some available. These radishes are destined for pickling.

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With just a slight hint of green on the outside, these are a variety of watermelon radish. P1010781Right after we picked these, we went out and planted more seeds, as they’re a favorite.  (Of course, we haven’t harvested the French Breakfast or Black radishes yet.)

Saturday morning we had a visit from our handyman. A pipe broke under our sink Friday night, and we spent the night without water.  When he arrived to do the repair, one of his coworkers went out back to pick avocados.  Once people know about our trees, they always come back for more!  We helped him pick about a dozen avocados, and then picked a dozen more for ourselves!

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This tree is finishing up right now.  We just purchased a new avocado fruit picker pole, and with a ladder and the pole we think we can get another dozen or two over the next couple of weeks.  And then we wait for the other tree to grow.

After picking avocados, we had a big salad for dinner and used lettuce from our garden.

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The summer leaf mix was starting to form nice heads. Our lettuce patch is finishing up right now, and we’re waiting for the new lettuce patches to fill in.  It’s going to be a while, as many of the new ones were eaten by slugs and snails and didn’t make it. We seeded another patch after picking these and hope they fare better.

While cleaning the lettuce, this little guy scurried by.P1010796I know it’s a blurry picture, but it was moving quickly.  I love the colors!

Recently I’ve been really interested in the critters on our plants, and would love bug book suggestions for a little summer reading.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Harvest Monday 6.3.13

  1. those r my avocados!!!

    also, my favorite thing to do is to pick and eat green beans straight to off the vine (or pole as the case may be…but vines are better). my favorite thing in the world. ;~>

  2. I don’t have a book recommendation, but you might want to check out bugguide.net. And UC IPM is a good resource for California gardeners (ipm.ucdavis.edu). They have lots of information about both bad and good bugs.

    • Thanks!! I was just looking at it on my phone last night and I think I’ll be better off with the computer. I have my entomology book from college too, and can probably remember a little about orders, but I wanted a good ID resource.

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