June is really the summer planting month, and as we near the end of the month I have to start making choices. I want to be able to plant fall crops in August and September, but I need space do so. Some plants like my spring peas, carrots and garlic should be removed by then, but many of the vegetables I plant now will still be producing during that time. It’s all about making choices. I have separated my main garden into five 60-foot long rows, each divided into 8 sections roughly 7-8 feet long each. So that’s 40 sections. I currently have planted in 37 sections. The other 3 will be fallow this summer, and then I will free up at least another 6 sections as I harvest peas, onions, garlic and carrots. Some of the fall seeds like kale and cabbage will begin their lives in starter pots, and be transferred into the garden as space becomes available.
This week I tried to wrap up my squash planting. I was a bit disappointed that none of my butternut squash seeds had germinated. I figured that the package must have been a dub, so I bought a few transplants from Farmer Dave’s. Butternut is my favorite squash and it keeps for a long time, allowing me to continue eating out of the garden into the fall. Of course, two days after I bought the transplants, two of the butternuts I planted finally decided to poke their heads up. Oh well. I also planted butternut squash at my parents house, and then when they didn’t come up I planted buttercup squash in the same bed. So that could be a bit of a tangled mess by the end of the summer. But that pretty much comes to with the territory with squash.
Finally, I am starting to enjoy seasonal eating. When you grow vegetables, you eat whatever is ready at that time. This week it was peas and garlic scapes. If you are not familiar with a garlic scape, it is the flower stock that grows out of some garlics. The scapes on my Elephant garlic are over a foot long. You are supposed to cut them because they impede the grow of the garlic bulbs, but as an added benefit they are very tasty! They have a mild garlic favor, and are great when cropped up in a stir-fry, or cooked with snow peas, as we used them this weekend.
Planted this Week
Harvested This Week – 1 Pound
Total Season Harvest – 4.25 pounds