Posts Tagged ‘peas’

What’s ready this week

broccoli
After a quick check of the garden, it looks like we’ll have many of the same vegetables ready this week as last, with a couple additions.

The last of the broccoli (pictured above) is heading out on the primary stalks, and there should be a pretty decent number of firm heads this week.

This will be the last week for the radishes, as well. They’re all about golf ball size, and still crisp and delicious.

Although we had four heads of cabbage ready last week, this will be the week for them to take off. It looks like at least a dozen heads will be ready for Saturday.

After some slow growth in the first month, it looks like the celery stalks are ripe for the picking this week. No one at the market had celery last week, so it looks like I might have the only source of it at the market this time around.

There will be a few more kohlrabi, but for the most part, we’re done with them until the second crop (which is doing well) comes in after about three to four more weeks.

The peas are getting close, but probably won’t be ready for another two weeks. Lots and lots of pods and flowers on the vines, though.

And, as a surprise, I might just have some fresh berries to sell this week. Let’s just say that the mulberry tree by the garden is looking pretty good — and I’ve tasted the berries once or twice to check.

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What’s ready now: Cool-season crops

pea flower
I’ll admit it — my vegetables are a little behind where they should be. Hey, when you’re a full-time student, it can be hard to get everything in on time.

But we’ve got a few things that are at their peak right now…

The radishes are perfect this week. Just the right size, and the few I’ve pulled and tasted have been crisp, peppery and delicious.

The kohlrabi is more than ready, and is right on the edge of getting too big. We’ll be selling everything we have this week.

The broccoli¬† has been a disappointment, with the heads going to flower well before they reach a saleable size. Perhaps half a dozen will get the nice 6″ across heads, but the rest will probably end up on my plate.

Cabbage heads are really beginning to swell up to a nice size, looking like leafy softballs in neat rows. They’ll be ready this week and the next.

My brussels sprouts are lagging, but that’s ok. I’m a little weirded out by them, anyway.

The peas (pictured above) look great, and the flowers are just taking over the tendrils in the past week. They’ll be forming pods soon.

All of my 120+ tomato plants have little yellow flowers popping out, and I’ll probably need to get cages on the rest of them soon. They’re growing like crazy.

Carrots, turnips, okra, bush beans and cowpeas are all taking off, too.

All of my vine crops (watermelon, gourds, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers) are starting to explore and test their limits as well.

And, perhaps most exciting, is the fact that the raspberries I planted are thriving. They really, really like the moist, partially shaded understory environment under the American elms. There won’t be a crop this year, but next year… look out!