today we harvested the fava beans before the sun got too hot! after shelling we had almost 5 kilo of beans ready to blanch and freeze. the garlic is in the dry down stage (no watering till the leaves are brown) we’ll pull it at the end of July as well as the spanish onions which are quite plump so early in the season.
we’re finding it hard to keep up with raspberries, picking a litre or more every second day. same for the carrots, i planted three varieties of carrots! …what was i thinking? more than we’ll ever consume.
most of the fennel has been picked and eaten, something that i will grow more of next year. like the carrots, there is a bumper crop of beets so we’ll be busy preserving those soon. turnips and kohlrabi are a hit on the bbq along with new potatoes (grown in barrels).
the tomatoes are starting to shape up and it looks like we’ll have a great first crop of bush beans: green and yellow. the hard storage onions will keep us all winter and more if i can keep them going. the only disappointment this year has been the peas and the red onions, both slow to start and poor overall growth – one small harvest of peas and another to come at the end of this week. i will try a second planting of the peas in early august for a fall harvest.