The Harvest Continues…

We had a lovely June this year and the cool weather plants all did well.  We have been feasting on huge heads of broccoli, sweet tender lettuce, delicious peas, and bountiful kale, chard and spinach.

But July turned hot.  The spinach bolted as did the lettuce, and the peas faded.  The broccoli is still producing some and the kale and chard are fine.  But now the hot weather plants are coming.  It has been a busy time in the gardens.

The tomatoes have finally begun to ripen…

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and they are HUGE!

IMG_4405 Even the tomatoes in the greenhouse, which were planted much later, are ripening.

IMG_4406The plum tomatoes are coming as well.

IMG_4419The zucchini is  prolific….we have had enough to stir fry and more to make zucchini bread.  Such a versatile plant.

IMG_4418We have plenty of cucumbers and the cherry tomatoes have begun to ripen.  That is celery and dill in the jug.  Just gorgeous.

IMG_4401The cauliflower is ready.

IMG_4398And the winter squash are getting bigger.  There are LOTS of them!

IMG_4397The arch has been a great success so far.

And remarkably..
IMG_4402….the deer have not eaten the beans yet this year.  They are just flowering now so fingers crossed the deer will stay away!

The garlic has also been harvested and is drying in the carport.

IMG_4417In case you are wondering if it really matters if you remove the garlic scapes…

IMG_4415I missed the garlic scape on the bulb on the right.  It had a lovely flower…but you can see it had less energy for the bulb.  If you remove the scapes you not only get delicious garlic scapes..you get bigger garlic bulbs!  

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I have even harvested the potatoes from the potato bags.  Yum!

So you can see it HAS been a very busy time in the gardens.

And while I was busy with the veggies, the summer flowers BLOOMED!

 

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Brookwood Shire is BURSTING with color!  And the bees are VERY happy!

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About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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3 Responses to The Harvest Continues…

  1. Pam R says:

    Your flowers are just gorgeous!! I am glad your gardens have done so well!! Love seeing the photos of everything.

  2. Joanne says:

    Your gardens are beautiful! Your green thumb certainly has taken off!

  3. joan morvidelli says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.. all of it. You are in your element, Patti!

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