Last week was kind of a crazy week weather wise. It started out as being hotter than anything, and then the end of the week held torrential downpours and a lot of wind, all courtesy of the hurricane. Luckily it had already gone off to sea, so we only had the remnant winds and rain.
I was able to pick our garlic scapes last week. They are absolutely delicious. I sometimes think I like them better than the garlic itself. They seem mild to me, and are delicious mixed in dressings, or sauteed with other veggies. Last week I made a quick and fresh tomato sauce for pasta, which is one of my favorites. I also like to make garlic scape pesto, which is delicious on pasta, or sandwiches, or as a dip with cut up veggies.
I picked my first pepper last week as well. I am going to have to look back at my notes from the past few years and see what the first fruit of the garden was. I am pretty sure it was never a pepper. But, my green peppers seem to be thriving in the weather we are having.
The rest of the garden is full of weeds. I haven't been able to get outside in about five days of steady rain to weed, so there you have it, a weed field. But, the pests seem to be staying away for the most part, and that is good with me.
Well, I say they have been staying away, but actually they have mainly just moved locations. Instead of attacking the cucumbers and zucchini in the garden, they have been attacking my bush cucumber plant that is in a pot in our driveway. My main line of defense has been a jar of soapy water and drowning the stink bugs, while just squishing the cucumber beetles with my fingers - gross but effective.
I have a lot of little tomatoes growing, so I hope that in the next several weeks we will start to see fruit large enough (and colorful enough!) to pick and eat.
I'm happy to report that the farmers' market is in full swing, so we are able to get what we need from them. I'm not sure why they are able to produce so much food so early, I think maybe cold frames and green houses could have something to do with it, but I am thankful it is there.
How is your garden growing? Are you harvesting a lot right now, or counting the days like us?