June vegetables

So technically it’s July – but these plants did most of their growing in June, hence the title.

My one surviving grapevine from last year still has its single cluster of grapes on it. These are table grapes… Flame perhaps? I should probably cover that up soon or protect it somehow.

The cabbages are heading up nicely despite the 93* temperatures we’ve been having. They are definitely not huge, but respectable enough and there are about 18 of them so we will have plenty. Pretty toes included for scale. (I should have used Sofía’s tiny foot so the cabbages would look bigger. -grin-)

Oh Rainbow Chard, how I love thee. Much better than spinach, and so pretty.

And a surprise – celery?!

I planted some last year but I didn’t think I’d planted any where this is growing. I was lazy and not careful about it because I’d heard celery is nearly impossible to grow anyway. Looks like I got two takers despite myself… I think! Does this look like celery to anyone else? I don’t think it’s Italian parsley!

And the beets are looking fabulous. The deer don’t seem to touch them, though they do have bug holes. But who cares? Besides, bug holes mean it’s authentically organic and minimally sprayed.

OK I admit I’ve done no spraying at all this season (except for entirely ineffective egg/chile/garlic deer repellant on the tomatoes and squash). I should probably get my neem oil and pyrethrin on soon, because the Japanese beetles are making lacework of my lovely apple leaves. And the corn is starting to flower, which means army worm season is drawing near. I’m nervous about hurting my bees, though.

But in the mean time, I’ve got luscious beds of perfectly virgin greens.  (Those the deer leave me, anyway). Some of these beets are just a little smaller than golf balls. Nobody else in the family seems to care for beets, so I will probably be pickling most of them – oh how I adore pickled beets! – but since I’m the family cook I will probably subject everybody to at least one meal of homegrown borscht too. Topped with homemade yogurt and fresh picked dill, it’s probably one of my very favorite soups.

Borscht in the spring, gazpacho in the summer, corn chowder in August, and butternut-kale soup in the winter. Could there be anything better than eating fresh and seasonally all year round?

4 Responses to “June vegetables”

  1. Mike Says:

    lovage?

  2. diana Says:

    Hmmm! I didn’t plant any lovage, but there’s a farm that sells herbs only 2 miles away… volunteers maybe?

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Your chard is beautiful. We rarely have it in the store and if you saw it, you’d leave it there. I love beets. I want to eat at your house.

  4. diana Says:

    I want you to come eat here too, because you cook better than me… -laugh-
    Seriously. There’s a grandparents’ cottage waiting for you here. :)

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