We had a beautiful & fairly mild week most of the week here in Utah. But the temperatures are climbing as June progresses. We were mostly in the 80’s last week but Sunday we saw our first 90 degree day of the year and low 90’s are forecast for most of the week. That means the warm season veggies will take off like crazy but the cool season veggies will start to suffer.
This week we saw our largest harvest total of the year so far. In fact we almost doubled our annual total this week. We were just shy of 30 pounds and our annual total is now 69 pounds. We went from being 10 pounds behind last years totals to 10 pounds a head this week!!
And here’s why we had the big jump. The peas are in!! We picked 20 pounds of shelling peas and another 4 pounds of snow and sugar snap peas this week. The whole family spent Friday evening sitting on the couch watching a movie while we shelled peas!
They then went into the freezer and are ready for winter storage!! If you would like to learn our method for storing peas you can follow this link.
Our snow pea harvest is also doing very well this year. We will easily match last years total. If you look really close you may see a few sugar snap peas in this basket. We have never grow the sugar snap before so I just planted a few feet of them to see if we would like them. Turns out we do!! We can’t keep the kids out of them! They are sweet and crispy so I think we will make them a bigger part of our total harvest next year.
We are rushing to eat as much lettuce as we can before it starts to go bitter. I have a shade cloth up to help slow the bitterness down, but we are running out of time.
And the strawberries are still going strong. About 3 pounds again this week.
Around the garden there are some new things happening. The popcorn is up and growing in several hills around the yard.
Also the beans are starting to sprout. These are a shelling bean that we are trying this year. It is a black bean called Black Coco. They grow on a bush and I’m kind of excited to try them. This will be our first real try at a dried bean.
Also all of the squash and cucumbers plants are getting their first set of true leaves so they will start making a lot of progress soon.
And the tomatoes have added a lot of growth in the two weeks they have been in.
Here’s what will be a big part of next weeks harvest. The Pacman broccoli is ready to harvest! There are already 6 or more heads this size with another 6 not far behind!
And of course the early potatoes are ready to be dug! Cream peas and potatoes are coming this week!!
Here’s this weeks harvest breakdown:
Lettuce – 1.50 lbs
Shelling Peas – 20 lbs
Snow Peas – 4 lbs
Strawberries – 2.90 lbs
Kale – .25 lbs
Total – 28.65 lbs
Our annual total is 69 pounds!
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