I keep forgetting to take my camera to the garden when I go there to work and I did it again this weekend. The garden looks remarkably good for August, so having failed to snap some pictures seems a loss. Usually I’m ripping things out by now – tomatoes, beans, squash. In fact, I did rip out some squash that had been infested with bore worm, and the Mortgage Lifter tomato plant, which was succumbing to fungal wilt. Then I did some harvesting. Wow do I have some goodies.
Once the harvesting was done, I planted some fall crops in the spaces that have been opening in the past few weeks: carrots, spinach, radishes, beets, turnips, green onions, peas, and lettuce. Usually I plant garlic around this time as well, but I had only remembered to bring seed packets, not the garlic cloves from the spring harvest. The garlic I planted this spring in hopes of a dual garlic harvest, doesn’t look that great. I think I’ll go back to my fall planting method, which was given to me by an old Italian gardener.
And how about that blue hubbard? It has a smaller sibling that I harvested earlier. I think I’ll put them in the oven together. The big one looks like about five meals for me, so I imagine I’ll be freezing some of it. If you’ve never tasted hubbard squash, it is much sweeter than other winter squash, and a deep orange color. It’s beautiful on a plate, and it also makes a good bread the way pumpkin does.
I came home with my haul, blanched some chard for freezing, made a batch of basil pesto, and a puree of tomatoes for sauce. Dinner included farfalle with pesto, my first such treat of the summer. Today’s harvest also gave me enough okra for a dinner. I’ll be making it tomorrow to accompany sole.