Posts Tagged ‘zucchini’

Busy times…

Whew… I’ve been keeping pretty busy lately. When I’m not working in the garden, I’m working up in Clarkson, Neb., at Wild Plums with the well-respected horticulturalist Harlan Hamernik, and we’ve been busy lately. I’m in the process of building the website for him, but soon I’ll be back out in the field picking up new bits of info from the master…

As far as my garden goes, it goes well. The zucchini is just taking off, and I think we’ll have a bumper crop this year. The green beans are plumping, and we should have the first crop come in this week. The second crop of kohlrabi is almost ready, and the tomatoes are another week off. They had a slow start this year.

I spent the better part of the day waging the ongoing war against grass, and my rototiller and I made progress. I laid down a few hundred feet of landscape cloth, and I think that should take care of further weed supression. Or at least limit its ability to sneak up on me and gain ground.

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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!