We are in an odd pattern: hot and dry one week, cool and wet the next. All the plants are glad for the rain, and most of them will appreciate it being a little cooler. We have a lot of “maintenance” work to do this week, so a cooler, wetter week is nice. Lots of staking and trellising to do: tomatoes, beans, and peppers, and quite a bit of weeding and bug scouting and squashing. In addition to that, we will be harvesting broccoli, broccoli, and more broccoli. We have to harvest broccoli every day to keep it at its prime. Between yesterday and today, we harvested 300 heads…some bigger than my head!
This week’s share, again, didn’t quite fit in the bin. The rain kept us from harvesting new potatoes, which I like to get to members for Memorial Day, and it is probably good. I don’t want to burden you all with too much. Several items in the bin will store for several weeks, just remember to separate roots and leaves for storage on items like turnips, beets, and radishes, and to loosely bag all leafy items, lettuces, and cabbages. In today’s bin, carrots (last ones for a couple weeks until spring carrots are ready), garlic scapes, scallions, fennel, baby beets with greens, salad turnips (white) with greens, red radishes, Napa cabbage (will store 3-4 weeks), green cabbage (will store 4-6 weeks), broccoli, lettuce, choice of salad green, choice of kale or chard, sugar snap peas, and choice of herb (basil just starting to come in). Sustaining members will receive summer squash, mostly patty pan right now as others are a little later. We also picked the first couple cucumbers today, although I wouldn’t expect them in quantity for another week or so, and the first cauliflower…again, most seem at least a week away.