It was a hot week! We had temps every day over 95 and even had one day at 100 this week. Whew, that’s pretty hot for June. We usually don’t see 100 till late July. The hot weather is great for the warm season plants, but the cool season veggies aren’t liking it much. All the lettuce bolted after only 2 days in the 90’s and many of the other cool season veggies look very stressed! But the warm season plants are responding very well putting on a ton of growth in the last 7 days. We even had our first sun sugar tomato this week, but of course I forgot to take a photo!
We did have a fantastic harvest this week, and the star for the week was the broccoli. We harvested 12 very nice sized heads of pacman broccoli. This is by far the best year we have ever had for main head production on our broccoli. This year I planted the broccoli 2 weeks earlier and I changed the spacing of the plants. This year I planted all the broccoli in a row, instead of a “bed”. This seems to have made all the difference in the world when it came to head production. All but one of the heads came in right at one pound and it is really delicious, some of the best we have ever grown. We ate about 1 head fresh and froze the rest for use in the winter. We ended up with 6 gallon size bags of broccoli!! We also still have 4 plants of Arcadia broccoli where the heads are not developed yet and the pacman plants are already starting to produce side shoots, so we will have a really good year for broccoli!
We finished up all of the peas this week. There are a few plants over in the shady part of the garden that will continue to produce for another week or so, but for the most part the peas are done for 2015. Our total for the year between the 3 types we planted was just over 35 pounds. That also represents our best year ever for peas!
The first harvest of strawberries also finished up this week. We grow everbearing strawberries so we will still have many harvests through the summer, but this first June rush of berries is over and we won’t see more blossoms for a few weeks.
And we dug up the first of the cold frame planted potatoes. This little basket totaled 3.5 pounds and were used to make cream peas and potatoes! Yum! I love this time of year.
And to prove that a year round gardeners work is never done, here’s a shot of my fall broccoli that I planted over the weekend. I’m trying something a little different this year. My June planted seedlings are usually ready to go out around August 1st, but it seems like most years there isn’t a break in the hot August weather until the 15th. By then the seedlings have been in the cell packs for 8 weeks and are getting a little root bound. So this year I decided to plant all my fall seedlings in 3 inch pots to begin with, to give them more space. So I planted 16 pots of two different types of broccoli, 4 pots of kale and 12 pots of summer crisp lettuces! All of these should be ready for the garden in early August.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Broccoli – 11.75 lbs
Shelling Peas – 9.25 lbs
Snow Peas – 1.25 lbs
Strawberries – 1.65 lbs
Potatoes – 3.50 lbs
Total – 27.40 lbs
That brings our annual total to 96 pounds. We should break the 100 pound mark next week!!