I don’t really know the name of this variety. They were a gift from a neighbor. They are about the size of a golf ball, maybe a little smaller and are a bright orange. They are growing fantastically and are delicious. Perfect halved or quartered in a salad!
I’m only growing 5 broccolini plants… one of which is hurting. And, they are basically producing a meal’s worth of veggies a week (for a family of 3 1/2.) And, it is super delicious!
So the seedling starters didn’t work out so well, so I transplanted what I could, but mostly started over with new seeds in yogurt containers. Some are germinating already. Some other things went right in the ground.
We had a great harvest of our “burm corn” this year… but I screwed it up. I was waiting for the ears to get bigger… I guess this “quick” variety doesn’t get too big. Eventually I did some research and found that you can tell ripeness by when the tassels go brown. And, I learned that if you don’t pick at peak ripeness… the corn will be super starchy and not so good. We only were able to eat a few ears. But I’m trying to try them out and then grind the kernels and make polenta. We’ll see.
The cucumbers don’t seem to be coming back despite organic spray, extra water, and extra fertilizer. Most that are growing are coming out curved, misshapen, or weird. Made six pints of pickles and that may wipe them out for the rest of the season.
I’m not sure what type of tomatoes these are. I got the seedlings from a wonderful neighbor, Stasha. They are about the size of a quarter and bright orange. They are growing wonderfully and have excellent flavor. I will definitely grow them again next year.
A quarter or sixth wedge of a sunburst squash fits nicely right between the grill grates. No need to flip. Just tossed in EVOO, S & P, and thyme, mint, or nepitella.
Grilled Stead and crusty bread with a salad of goat cheese and marinated golden beets from the garden.
So I got everything in the ground earlier this spring. Which was nice. It lead to a heavy early harvest which is now tapering out… except for the squash, which I’m starting to get pretty sick of. So, I figured I’d try to do a fall harvest this year. But, I needed to get stuff in the ground just a little bit before I had the space. So I decided to start everything in little seed containers on the porch sills.
Brilliant idea. Poor execution. I didn’t realize how qickly they would germinate, grow, hit the top, and die/mold. Useful idea if executed better next year.
Round two seems to have been more successful:
I let them have a little more space and didn’t cover them, and most seemed to do better.
Its that time of year that powdery mildew is attaching my squash, wilt is going after my tomatoes, something is eating my brussel sprouts and broccolini, and I don’t know why my cucumbers are dying…
I’m using Bon Neem on the squash and cucumbers and some organic insecticide on the other stuff. And, I’m using anti-bug stuff on the tomatoes, as I think the issue is aphids. Keep watering. Keep fertilizing. Keep trimming..
Some of it works. Some, not so much. A rainy day would help…