Amie and I went to visit our new friends of the Freecycle comfrey, L and S, last week. Their raspberry garden was bursting with plump juicy berries. L helped Amie pick, she is so good with young kids. Amie was in seventh heaven, practically yelling with the fun of it. I chatted and picked and in less than 40 minutes we had gathered one pound and seven ounces. Later at Whole Foods I saw 6 ounces of organic raspberries for sale at $6. Wow. So:
raspberries from friends: 2 lbs (from two pickings)
We also picked our first strawberries. There are more ripening, I think in the end we’ll have about 100 berries. Amie again had a blast picking them after we removed the net.
strawberries: 3 oz.
We’re getting a good daily harvest of green beans every day now, from one 4×8 bed of Provider and Maxibel:
green beans: 1 lb 1 oz
I had to pull some pea vines because the chipmunks uprooted them. Still, incredibly – we hit 100 F yesterday – the remaining peas are still producing pods and even flowers.
peas (mix): 1 lb. 8 oz.
At the moment they’re straggling in one at a time, but the first big batch of tomatoes is on the verge of ripening and soon though there will be too many to eat day by day. Better get that solar dehydrator built.
tomatoes: 2.2 oz
cherry tomatoes: 6
radishes: 4 edible ones (1 really good one)
garlic scapes: 10 (made them into Daphne’s salad dressin: delicious!)
garlic: 8 bulbs for eating, 8 for sowing
cauliflower: 1 tiny one, the rest bolted
carrots: 3 ounces of the baby kind, and a big bunch of green leaves that went into soup.
comfrey: 1 stuffed bucket for compost, though it looks like I should harvest it for skin salves.
The fava beans are in the pipeline, they are huge and kinda grotesque, but I’m waiting for a chance to make some Fool Mudamas to pick them. The onions have all fallen over and they are looking fat and juicy. I’ll be able to pull them soon as well, adding yet another empty bed. Time to plant Fall and Winter crops. Maybe the brassicas will do better in the Fall this year – all my brassicas, but (so far) the Brussels Sprouts, bolted.
The borage is in bloom and the bees just love it. At my last inspection I found my queen – I thought she had been superseded. I tall looked well enough for the first honey super to be added on. If we have some honey I will be happy, because local honey can help Amie’s respiratory trouble which – we think – is due to allergies to pollen. And how local can honey get!
My nephew from Belgium arrived last Monday and he will be staying here for a month. He’s a strong and friendly thirteen-year-old who can help a lot around the house and garden, and he and Amie get along so well. He’s a teenager but he can still play. What a boon it is to have him here.