We're also knee deep in cucumbers right now and I am researching all manner of ways to preserve them. Beside lacto-fermented dill pickles, I think I might try making a batch of this fermented relish. We've also been juicing cucumbers, watermelon and mint for a very refreshing post-gardening drink. And of course, eating lots of cucumber salads tossed with vinegar, sea salt and pepper!
Today I found the time - between picking and washing and blanching - to plant some more seeds for our fall garden. I can tell you that it wasn't nearly as exciting as it was last March (which might have something to do with the overwhelming bounty we're enjoying right now)! Some of the cold hardy crops to go in include: Red Tongue Lettuce, Red Oak Leaf Lettuce, Cracoviensis Lettuce, Batavian Endive, Bloomsdale Spinach, Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard, Red Giant Mustard Green, Tatsoi, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale and Black Tuscan Palm Kale. I've also recently planted a few more Chioggia Beets and Paris Market Carrots! All of these seeds came from The Cottage Gardener, one of my favorite sources for heritage seeds. Are you planning a fall garden? What are you growing?
Here is how our garden is growing this week (you can check out last week here):
Scarlet runner beans.
Squash with Brachycome.
Our first kohlrabi. No sharing required.
I plant these just for me since no one else in our house cares for them!
Do you plant anything in your garden to eat just for you?
Beans ready for blanching.
Haskap: tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry.
Also known as blue honeysuckle.
Calendula blossoms ready for drying.
Our first spuds. Not at all GAPS friendly,
but I do love fresh garden potatoes.
How are things in your garden this week?