The time has come. The end of the raspberries. WAH! I’m not ready for them to be done! I’m just getting started.
In case you’re wondering, I’d say that this container ended up producing about 7 or 8 cups of raspberries total. Enough for plenty snacks, a small jar of raspberry jam, and a couple bowlfuls worth for my son. Methinks I want more raspberry bushes. We’ve actually talked about relocating them to another part of the yard at some point. Might not be a bad thought!
The first of my chocolate cherry tomatoes is actually turning chocolate!
My Early Girl tomato plant continues to love the warmer weather! I swear everyday the thing grows new branches. The tomatoes have yet to turn red though.
My cucumber plants are starting to take off too. This year I’m trying an heirloom variety called “lemon.” They are supposed to be small and sweet, and sound perfect for salads. Notice the beautiful head of Romaine lettuce growing in the middle! This is a great way to maximize the growing space of your small garden. I’ll likely remove (read: EAT) it very soon, just before the cucumber vines grow up the trellis.
Speaking of growing up the trellis, my shelling beans have shot up, too! In spite of a rough start, these hearty plants have really taken off. I can’t wait to see them flower.
The onions have really started to bulb up. They should be ready at the end of summer. I can’t wait to have my husband grill some up! YUM!
Some of my greens have bolted, including the spinach and cilantro. But the lacinato kale has been awesome – just snip a few leaves and it keeps coming back! I plan on planting some more for a fall/winter crop soon.
A few strawberries have shown up, not as many this year as in past years, though.
We have had quite a few peas fatten up the past week or so.
I find it best to snip them with scissors so as not to damage the vines. Of course, these are my daughter’s peas, so she has helped plant and care for them all along. Seems fitting to hand her the scissors!
Of course, there is usually a little silliness, too…
And more special memory-making…
Here’s what we ended up harvesting last night:
I told my son last night to savor those raspberries, because they were the last ones from our garden. It was a bittersweet snack.
What we still have a lot of? Peas. And it occurred to me I’m in need of recipes! We do eat them raw, but how else can we cook them? Please give me some ideas/links/recipes. I should also mention that I do NOT like pea soup. So no pea soup recipes, please!
What’s happening in your garden these days?