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What are you picking?

I've been picking zucchini & crookneck yellow squash for about a week.

This morning I picked my first cherry tomato (the only one that will break for about another week) and a pickling cucumber that was only about 2" long. Sooo tender I hardly needed to chew it but too crisp not to want to!

I think I'm going to have my best tomato year in forever. ...but fusiliarium is always a prob here by the end of July.

I'm in zone 9 in the Los Angeles area.

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  1. I've picked a single cherry tomato here, too. (NorCal.) And a pickling cuke.

    Single pickling cucumbers aren't much use. They're too bitter to eat on their own, and there's really no sense in pickling one lousy cucumber. I think I'll maybe start slicing them into a jar of brine, just so I can feel they're useful until the onslaught occurs.

    I also oughta start digging for potatoes. I know they're down there, but an achey back has prevented me from hunting for them.

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    1. re: mudster

      Heresy! I LOVE pickling cukes. Don't find them bitter in the least.

      Are yours getting regular watering? Water deprivation results in bitterness.

      Do you have blossoms on your potatoes? I don't yet and I thought the time to dig was after the blossoms fade.

      1. re: rainey

        They're getting watered better this year than last year, but I could maybe be a bit more regular about it.

        The potatoes have blossomed indeed! Once the blossoms form, you can start digging for little new potatoes. Wait for the blossoms to die back for the larger potatoes.

        1. re: mudster

          I have flowers on most of my potatoes. I've promised to gather some for dinner, so I hope they're there.

          Hundreds--well, scores--of almost-ripe cherries disappeared last night, so I netted the tree today.

          Still have lots of snow peas. And the raspberries are just starting!

          1. re: Glencora

            I'm jealous that you can grow cherries! And I'm sympathetic about their disappearance. I have apricots and plums and I thought there were so many this year the squirrels could never get them all. Boy! was I wrong! It's not fair that they don't even remotely care if they aren't ripe. =o

      2. re: mudster

        Have you ever heard of a garden rocker chair? I am gonna give you the link for amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Rocker-C... I am reviewer "Happy Girl"

        Let me tell you - I adore this chair! No I do not work for them. BUT I have a terrible back and this chair has saved me. I can do all sorts of gardening and my back feels pretty good at the end of the day. I would get in pain and do something rash in the garden like accidentally rip out something I thought was a weed, but wasn't, but I could not get close enough to see it because my back was on fire and I was on the edge of screaming out in pain.

        I have the one with the padded top and it rocks back and forth - no wheels. It is indestructible and dirt whisks right off. I have had mine for a few years - looks good as new and I use it every day for the better part of the day during spring, summer and part of fall.

      3. I am picking mustard greens, radishes, pea shoots and some peas, bok choy, broccolini, horseradish (grrr). I think by next week I will be yanking a couple walla walla onions, fennel and will be further thinning some beets.

        I am PNW so I am behind everyone. BUT good news... we have had tons of bees. Cherries and apricot trees are LOADED with fruit and the pears also look promising. I think I see a good amount of peaches and plums too, but I try not to count those chickens before they hatch. Sometimes they drop and I get a paltry harvest.

        I'd like to note too that we did a bed of all organic seeds. They were (for the most part) disappointing. They often failed to thrive and seemed more susceptible to insects or temperature variations. We had three days of hot weather and some withered away and disappeared. I thought the chickens or dog got to them and went around for a few days giving all of them dirty looks. Nope. It was heat. Just wanted to vent about that.

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        1. re: Sal Vanilla

          EXCELLENT news that you had an abundance of bees!

        2. The only things that are ready here in northern Canada (snow in forecast!!) are baby spinach and the very first radishes. We were only recently able to plant our gardens.

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          1. re: chefathome

            When did you plant your radishes? I live in Southern Ontario & it took 8 days for my radish seeds to germinate. I suspect it will be another 3 weeks before I can pick them.
            My red lettuce grew more in the last 2 days than from the time planted on May 17th. The only thing in my garden that is ready are my chives.
            The same with my flower seeds. The seeds in the garden have still not come up after 3 weeks. But the seeds planted inside are doing well.

            It would be very helpful is posters could state their geographical area please.

          2. I have been harvesting crooknecks for a week, and my mesclun is ready.

            The zukes aren't big enough yet, nor are any of my tomatoes ready.

            1. I'm outside of Boston, so we've only been picking some greens (mixed & arugula) and a few herbs that I planted from the nursery. The seeds I started for herbs are very, very slow to leaf, but this morning I did see some of them had grown a tiny bit. Tomatoes from the nursery have grown a couple of inches & my peas (from seed) grew about a foot this weekend! Radishes are about ready to pick. I think I'll get tomatoes to pick in September. They will be worth the wait!

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              1. re: tall sarah

                I can't think of a single thing on the planet that's better than a fresh, home-grown tomato. I bet there are things that equal it. Sometimes sex comes close. But I can't think of anything better.

              2. The raspberries are coming! The raspberries are coming!
                My early plant has a few almost ready to pick and all of my plants are simply loaded -- it's going to be a good year!

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                1. the occasional strawberry is it so far. In fact, we just got our big garden in the ground yesterday!

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                  1. re: tzurriz

                    Tell me, what do you do to keep the beasties from feasting on your strawberries first? I get lovely fat red strawberries but they've all been visited first by the earwigs, rollypollies and slugs.

                    I don't know how to protect them from the ground up. I tried setting the green ones up on tall golf tees. I was hopeful that would make a difference but they topple over when the water from the sprinklers hits them or when the dog walks through them.

                    1. re: rainey

                      Try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around the strawberries. It's effective on all three pests you mentioned.

                      1. re: mudster

                        Thanks! Not sure how long it will stay on the straw when the irrigation tries to wash it away but I've got some and I'll give it a try.

                      2. re: rainey

                        I married a man who grew up on a "pick your own berries" farm, so I leave pest control, and berry management to him. ;)


                        I gotta tell you though, I have the most flavorful berries!

                    2. I've had 4 early girl tomatoes here in SWFL...and now my cherry tomatoes are blushing up nicely...looks like another early girl is almost ready. Arugula leaves are growing pretty small now so it's probably too hot anymore for it. Parsley still good.

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                      1. re: Val

                        How big do early girl tomatoes generally get? I've got 6 huge plants and they are producing many tomatoes, but they are only about 3 inch diameter and about 3-4 ounces/each. This is my first try at gardening so I have nothing to compare these to.

                        1. re: lynnlato

                          That sounds right. The tomatoes aren't big, but they are very reliable.

                          1. re: Glencora

                            Thanks, glencora. I was hoping for bigger. But they are very good. And reliable is a good place to start for me! :)

                            1. re: lynnlato

                              Early girls are not known for size. Just enjoy the good flavor, the freshness, and satisfaction of knowing this is the result of your efforts. This is the essence of gardening.

                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                Yep, about 3 inches...I was very pleased with the flavor! Will plant again in September/October...I think it's just too blasted hot here in SWFL right now to attempt anymore.

                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                  Oh, trust me, I am enjoying all of those things. I had no point of reference, however, as to their size so I wasn't sure if I was doing something wrong.

                                  I'm getting lots of maters now and they are delicious and, yep, its nice to pick them from my backyard and make a tomato salad for my family. :)

                        2. First wave of arugula, just planted the second; radishes, peas, some leaf lettuce. In Zone 6a, sort of southwestern Connecticut.

                          1. Just some lettuce so far.

                            1. We have harvested our first radishes. We planted them about six weeks ago. The lettuce is nearly ready, and everything else won't be ready until August here in Northern Illinois. But my tastebuds are yearning for tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes!!! You lucky folks in the more temperate climates have it good. Makes me almost miss Virginia summers. Only almost though.

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                              1. re: KristieB

                                Finally, our first salad with a bit of spinach and mixed lettuce. Germination and growth for April seeding was very poor. Sugar snap peas finally have blossoms. I will be away next week but expect to come home to some pods ready for stir frying. Summer and winter squash is just germinating here. Tomato plants seem frozen in time. We need some warm weather!

                              2. Third week of asparagus. Peas are up and the beans, but won't be ready for a goodly while. Just beginning here in DE Maine.

                                1. I'm in San Jose (Northern CA) and I'm already into the OMG summer squash stage! That's what I get for planting them in mid-April. A drop off at the local homeless shelter is on the calendar for tomorrow.

                                  We've been picking raspberries (enough for breakfast) for over a week now. The variety is supposed to be Tulameen, although I get both a June and fall crop, not just late summer as it's usually advertised. Sweet & delicious, in any case.

                                  Just picked up my first apricots from the ground. Seems to be the best way to know when these (Blenheim) are ripe -- they drop! We'll be eating nothing but apricots and zucchini for the next week!

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                                  1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                    First cuke today! But the lettuce is bolting. Oh well.

                                    1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                      My lettuce is too. I'm letting it go on to seed hoping I'll get a Fall crop from it.

                                    2. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                      My husband ran over our apricots with the lawn mower. I would have been pissed, but we have a strangely large crop this year.

                                    3. My mostly container garden is in central Maine. The raised bed is planted with radishes and kohlrabi - nothing ready to pick yet, but lots of foliage. (It's been a month and all I see of the radishes are very thin, bright red roots at the bottom of the leaves. Will I ever have veggies?)

                                      I'm harvesting thyme, cilantro, catnip, and dill weekly. I just cut back the rosemary to spur growth (and to put some in my roasted carrots). My cherry tomato plants have upwards of half a dozen blossoms each, but no fruit yet.

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                                      1. re: Kinnexa

                                        You are ahead of me. We had some late frosts. Did you?

                                      2. In SW Ohio, I've picked radishes, black seeded simpson lettuce and garlic scapes. Oh, and a few small strawberries. However, I have lots of tomatoes coming on, little baby green beans and some teeny tiny peas and some pinky sized cukes and squash. But the best thing is my butter and sugar corn is tasseling!

                                        1. Maritime Pacific Northwest here - anyone up round my way having bolting problems because of that freak hot weather a couple weeks ago?

                                          We are harvesting beets (A TON even though I spaced their planting dates - I must have used different varieties), Walla Walla, Fennel (bolted), Bok Choy (bolted) Mustard Greens ((starting to bolt) - sigh.

                                          On the lighter side - we picked about 3 pounds of strawberries a couple days ago. We have everbearing. They are loaded! Last year (which was year 2 for the plants) we got maybe 6 berries. Luckily we have had very little rain so my battle with the slugs has been mostly victorious so far. They hide in the nearby ivy and then ambush me under the cover of rain!

                                          1. Got a hand full of sweet 100 tomatoes today.

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                                            1. re: Brandon Nelson

                                              In NH, spinach and lettuce. Picked the first handful of sugar snaps to stir fry with store bought shallots and zucchini. Before I went away for a week I picked garlic scapes and made a very tasty hummus with some baked lima bean casserole my family didn't like. Added parsley from the garden, too. I planted a short row of 'braising greens' from Johnny's too early so germination was very poor (or maybe the crows enjoyed some seed). Now I have some southern mustard that needs to be picked. It's getting too big. Looks like pac choi and some other Asian things I planted can be picked. I am very much looking forward to fresh tomatoes but those are weeks away.

                                            2. Through careful analysis, I've determined that the majority of my blueberries on my most robust and highest yielding bush will be ready to pick next week - right in the middle of my vacation which will be taken approx. 2,500 miles away from the above mentioned bush.

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                                              1. re: sebetti

                                                Ask your neighbor to pick them and freeze your half (they get the other).

                                              2. In foggy San Francisco I've been picking spinach, arugula, parsley, chamomile flowers, and nasturtiums. The arugula finally bolted and I made a tangy pesto with everything. It was absolutely divine with pasta, goat cheese and nasturtium petals. My zucchini and tomatoes are conspiring to drive me crazy by not having anything ripe at all. Bring on the surplus!

                                                1. Three -- count 'em, three -- yellow cherry tomatoes. Everything else is taunting me and refusing to ripen.

                                                  1. Here in LA, I am picking a few Santa Rosa Plums and a single strawberry tomato! All the rest of the tomatoes are still green : /

                                                    Also got a few golden zucchini, red oak lettuce, little gem lettuce, nasturtiums. I should probably check on the apricot and other stone fruit trees today.

                                                    1. In CT: Lettuce, parsley, rosemary and more cilantro than one household truly needs! ;) Cannot wait for tomatoes, though. ANTICIPATION!

                                                      1. My Santa Rosa plums are yummy and almost done. The pluot looks as if it will be next. Apricots have finished. In the Monterey Bay Area, watching barn swallows build a nest on my porch.

                                                        1. Oh, how could I forget? The Meyer lemons are prolific and delicious.

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                                                          1. re: Discerning1

                                                            My Meyer lemons are about the size (and color) of key limes. Any idea how much longer till I get to "prolific and delicious" like you? :) I'm in CT and I'm jealous.

                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                              I wonder (and someone else must know for sure) if they don't ripen in Connecticut in colder weather.

                                                              1. re: Discerning1

                                                                They need 70 day and no less then 55 night or close to it. They like full sun and a big pot if grown inside during the winter which I take it yours is. The cooler weather the slower the ripening process. Since you have fruit pollination is not a problem put just need to make sure it get moist but then dries out, has lots of sun and warm weather. Cooler temps will just slow down the process. They can easily be grown, it is just a much slower process is all.

                                                            2. re: Discerning1

                                                              Whenever I see a post on someone harvesting their Meyer Lemons I get a twinge of jealousy.

                                                            3. Bell Peppers! Hopefully soon tomatoes...


                                                              1. The first wave of strawberries has died down, as have the artichokes (the artichokes got earwigs, so we stripped off all the chokes and cut the plants way back).

                                                                Basil. Summer squashes. Green beans (romano and kentucky wonder). Lemon cucumbers. Peppers. Cherry tomatoes. Green tomatoes.

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                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                  I didn't know there was such a thing as lemon cukes. I love all things lemon. Are they just for salads (not for pickling)?

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    Lemon cukes look like lemons, but don't taste like lemons. They are best for salads.

                                                                      1. re: Discerning1

                                                                        Thank you--didn't see your post till just now. I will look, but I would swear I've never seen anything like them. Maybe they don't grow in CT?

                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                          I didn't actually know I was growing lemon cukes -- I don't particularly like cukes, so I've never grown them and I didn't recognize the plant. We thought it might be some kind of gourd until the light finally dawned. My garden slave says he must have picked up the seedling some time when he was out and about.

                                                                          The green beans! It's amazing how many green beans three plants can produce (especially since they hide under the leaves and the more you look, the more you find). Since green beans are expensive and/or not very good in the market, I'm thrilled.

                                                                          Some of the beans hid a little too long and have well-developed seeds. Any one tried growing them from home-grown seed? We did that with a spaghetti squash and the seedlings are growing like crazy, but who knows if they'll breed true.

                                                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                            Odds are good that your beans would breed true, because beans tend to self-pollinate and aren't usually hybrids. Lots of folks save their own bean seeds. However, you'd have to let them get fully mature and dry, which might slow production on your plants, so it probably isn't worth doing. But you can eat those mature green beans as shelly beans, yum!

                                                                            Squash, otoh, have separate male & female flowers (beans have both in one flower, and usually pollinate themselves even before opening -- talk about perverse!), so squashes are very easily cross-pollinated. If your spaghetti squash came from the middle of a spaghetti squash plot, it might be true, but if there were other squash growing around it, it could easily be crossed. It's a gamble, see what you get.

                                                                            1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                                                              Interesting. The spaghetti squash was a commercially grown squash, so I'm going to guess that it probably came from a big patch. But even if it crossed, it's still squash, right? It should produce something edible! I'll look forward to the mystery being solved. Meanwhile, my other squashes (two kinds of zucchini, crookneck, patty pan) are beginning to go crazy -- I may have to experiment with preserving some of them (goodness only knows I hate paying $2+/lb for zucchini when it's not in season!). If anyone has any tips, head over to Home Cooking with them!

                                                                    1. Is anyone growing Alpine strawberries? It's our first year with them and the plants themselves have grown nicely (and we have a couple of flowers), but no signs of fruit yet. I'm in CT and we've had so much rain I should have probably started to build an ark...

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                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                        SLUGS, HARVESTING SLUGS! WE ARE HAVING A SLUG FEST! We just returned from 2 weeks in Seoul and were aware of all the rain, but were unprepared for the hoard of slugs devouring our garden. We were "milking" them off the asparagus; the lima and pole beans were gone! We normally pick and kill about 100 slugs a day in wet weather but with us gone they were having orgies of celebration. I know all the methods of slug prevention, but we are going out tonight w/ flashlight and early tomorrow morning to pick slugs. The Passadumkegs vs The Slugs!
                                                                        Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention the mosquitoes. A bumper crop as well. As we were "harvesting" the slugs, we were also slapping at black clouds mosquitoes w/ slimy slug hands. My wife is shouting, "Oh, shit!" and I'm yelling, "Take me back to the desert!"
                                                                        ps Jr Keg just got home from work and informed me that Maine has now had 72 days straight of rain somewhere in the state. Might be a disaster year for farmers; crops are rotting in the ground.
                                                                        Ah, summer in New England. Only 2 more months until the threat of snow.
                                                                        Oh, yes we harvested asparagus and lettuce too.

                                                                        ps Jr Keg just got home from work and informed me that it has rained somewhere in Maine for 72 days straight now and has set a record rainfall for June. Farmers are worried their crops will rot in the ground.

                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                            I know you know the slug prevention tricks but I just had to say that copper tape saved my life re: slugs and snails this year.

                                                                            1. re: emmaroseeats

                                                                              I was just looking at a $50 roll of copper flashing to cut up; but what pray tell is copper tape? Is it expensive? Thanks!

                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                The tape is about an inch wide, with adhesive on the back. It should cost between 10 and 15 dollars a roll. It's great for keeping slugs and snails out of pots and raised beds as long as there are no gaps or leaves dangling over.

                                                                                1. re: Glencora

                                                                                  Well, that takes all the fun out of wandering the garden at night, box of salt in hand, softly calling "Here, sluggie, sluggie....here sluggie."

                                                                                  1. re: harrie

                                                                                    When the kids were little we had a pay scale for picking bugs in the garden. I remember earwhigs were 10 for an penny and giant "tiger slugs" were a quarter each. Just after getting out of bed, the kids would run out into the garden in their underwear and rubber boots and collecting jars. Then pay out time and breakfast. Not much problem w/ slugs in them thar days.

                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                      Ah yes. The pay per slug. We had a pay per snail system for my mom's garden when I was a kid. And I remember that for one Mother's Day my brother and I filled an oatmeal canister up for her. Fun fun.

                                                                                      The copper tape that I pick up at the garden store is Corry's brand and is about $8 for 15 ft. I'm pretty sure you can get it on Amazon too. I like the tape because I don't have to spend all afternoon tacking it down every inch. Although after a while it does peel up slightly; a copper nail on either end of each side of the planter boxes seems to keep it in place long term though.

                                                                          2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                            In CT: we picked a couple of handfuls of Alpine strawberries. They're similar in size and shape to mini-Christmas tree lights, but are plumper. They have an interesting floral quality taste-wise, but sadly, there don't seem to be enough to do anything with other than pick and eat.

                                                                            Yellow pear tomatoes are doing fab! I had them for snack more than once this week.

                                                                            Romas are beginning to ripen.

                                                                            I've picked several dozen grape tomatoes, but they LOOK like cherry tomatoes--they don't have the usual grape shape! Very sweet, though. So far the yellow pears are my favorite.

                                                                            Waiting for the Cherokee Purple to finish ripening. Those are doing nicely, too.

                                                                            Am so relieved to have escaped the blight. Others in my town and the surrounding areas were not as lucky. I think having our little garden sheltered between two other townhouses on a high deck definitely has its advantages.

                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                              Here's a pic of the Alpine strawberries. Aren't they adorable?

                                                                            2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                              I love alpine strawberries! But I find they don't bear a lot of fruit in the first year/season; then they take off. So don't be disappointed if your yield is poorly now.

                                                                              1. re: Gooseberry

                                                                                Thank you for the encouragement. We actually planted them in wooden wine boxes, lined with coconut husks (? do you know the stuff I mean?). So I'm hoping next year will be better. Any suggestions for how/where to let them winter over? I'm in the Northeast.

                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  Plant them in our lawn, we have lots, they will love the company. Mulch well w/ straw.

                                                                            3. Beets, broccoli, more arugula, leaf lettuce and romaine, and I think the last of the peas pretty soon. Cabbage is heading up nicely. Seeding the warm-weather lettuce today. All in all, the garden looks pretty happy, especially now that we have some sun! (Zone 6a, Connecticut)

                                                                              1. I just picked my last of hundred of cherry, and dozens of regular tomatoes, plus a few jalapenos, but they're still going. Been harvesting since April, and it's time to replant for fall in about a month. (Houston)

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                                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                  Same here, August planting, still too early. No more tomatoes left right now.

                                                                                  1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                    I just planted 5 tomatoes on my patio/farm, 2 Matt's wild cherry and 2 sweet million, plus a wild Texas. I had wild Texas before I sold my house, and the were very prolific. All of my plants are in containers, and they do quite well. I also did a jalapeno, and will do a second planting in two weeks.

                                                                                2. Mustard Greens and Favas! hmmm. pic did not post. I will retry.

                                                                                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                      Beautiful greens. How do you prepare them? Last night I tried a second type of mustard greens with sauteed onions, garlic, sesame oil and DH still doesn't like. I thought they were tasty and we NEED more greens in our diet.

                                                                                      1. re: dfrostnh

                                                                                        I too stir fry them with a drop or two of sesame oil and fish sauce. It is not for everyone.

                                                                                        I love them simply braised with garlic, olive oil and hot pepper flakes. My MIL adores it when I braise them with kalamatas, pinenuts, garlic and balsamic and then plunk a piece of roasted salmon on top.

                                                                                        I grew up with them being cooked all day long in pot likker, ham hock and garlic cloves. Then plated with tons of pepper vinegar on them. Love that.b Your DH might too if you pair it with crunchy topped mac and cheese and some roasted meat.

                                                                                        Sometimes I do a med. pasta with tomatoes, olives, pinenuts feta, greens... whatever I have around.

                                                                                        Sometimes I saute them with bacon and onions. So good. He might like the bacon aspect.

                                                                                        Those are the ones that come to mind.

                                                                                    2. Hi:

                                                                                      We've split a delicious sounding recipe for beets and carmelized onions to the Home Cooking board. You can find it here:


                                                                                      1. I got a very late start here in Seattle, but have been picking peas (all types) for the last 10 days or so. Have already blown through the lettuce and spinach, which bolted last week. The huge surprise was the full-sized Japanese eggplant I harvested last week. Have NEVER had eggplant before August. Zucchini should be ready this weekend, with cukes and tomatoes to come.

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                                                                                        1. re: PAO

                                                                                          The zukes are coming. The zukes are coming! Had first two green and grey striped zucchinis this week. Picked 3 yesterday to give to my DIL. There are several others that should be picked today. Have a dark green variety and yellow summer squash about ready (what was I thinking?). Granddaughters enjoyed eating the last of the bush sugar snaps fresh off the vine while playing in the sprinkler. GD #1 also enjoyed a carrot. I planted carrot seed with the sugar snaps. The double use of same row seemed to work ok. Not a lot of carrots but I planted a short variety.
                                                                                          Peppers seem to be making progress since we've gotten a little sun here in rainy New England. Winter squash starting to sprawl. Purchased some seed for borage (found some interesting recipes), chervil and summer savory.

                                                                                          1. re: dfrostnh

                                                                                            I live in Toronto. I have been picking Zucchini for about 10 days now. My radishes planted at the end of May are still not ready. I actually have flowers on one plant so I guess that means that plant is useless. My neighbour has had the same problem.
                                                                                            All my herbs in containers are great.
                                                                                            My plum tree is ready for picking. Also a few raspberries. Too much rain and cold weather this year.

                                                                                        2. Green beans and cabbage - stonehead, savoy and red -- are now ready, plus a couple of peppers from a decoy/throwaway plant. And some carrots. Still crossing our fingers on the tomatoes.

                                                                                          1. Raspberries, grapes, tomatillos, sungold cherry tomatoes (the earliest zebra tomatoes are just on the verge of ripe), and cucumbers. The new crop of scallions I planted a month or so ago are close to being ready, and we should have some arugula in a week or so. And I think by Monday I should be able to pick enough green beans at one time to make them worth cooking!

                                                                                            1. Picking? Not me, I'm planting tomatoes, jalapenos, and green beans on my patio/farm. My wife wants a pig, not quite enough room.

                                                                                              1. This morning I picked 4 baby crookneck squash, 3 strawberries, and 2 green wax beans.

                                                                                                I gave two of the strawberries away, and I sliced each squash and the beans and cooked them in a little butter and vegetable stock with a little fines herbes until nicely glazed. They were delicious and I enjoyed the last strawberry after for "dessert".

                                                                                                1. Just lots of green beans.

                                                                                                  1. Lots of sungold baby tomatoes in the Monterey Bay Area. Sweet, sweet, sweet

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                                                                                                    1. re: Discerning1

                                                                                                      My cherry tomatoes are ripening, but the larger ones are still not there, thanks, perhaps, to the rather cool, foggy summer we're having by the Bay.

                                                                                                    2. Picked our first cherry tomatoes today! And our first head of Savoy cabbage.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                        My goodness...about time you got your first 'mato...probably just in time for the first frost any day now in Maine, right? HA HA HA. Glad your garden grew something after all. I guess you could say you SLUGGED IT OUT!

                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                          Hey, growing organic has its challenges. Miracle Grow is a Chain!!

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                            Then "chain" me up and call me the poster child for Miracle-Gro! At least we had--and are still having--our own produce this summer! ;)

                                                                                                      2. tomatoes, they just keep coming! My neighbors will stop opening their front door if I keep bringing them over. The west coast is having a bumper crop of tomatoes and the east coast crop is not good. Waiting for some more black figs to get ripe, the tree with the green/yellow ones are just not as good.

                                                                                                        Just tore out the zuk's, tied of them. Dumped in many wheelbarrels of years old compost on the bed and tilled in. Getting a spud bed ready for next spring.

                                                                                                        1. Nothing, but I am seriously considering shooting a seriously fat rabbit.

                                                                                                          1. Black eyed peas and um...well...maybe some volunteer broccoli rabe...we're just emerging from the "dead of summer" here in Phoenix, and there's not much in our garden now. I'm waiting for our Armenian cukes, tomatoes, eggplants, and chiles to recover--they should start setting fruit again in a few weeks, if the white filies don't get 'em first.

                                                                                                            Got seeds out for beans, collards, chard, spinach, kale, and carrots today. Trying to get a jump on things so that we can start harvesting greens as soon as the weather cools off.

                                                                                                            Addendum: our Key/Mexican limes are looking good, but we've yet to pick any. Might put one to a taste test this weekend.

                                                                                                            1. With the rains of Hurricane Bill, more slugs!

                                                                                                              1. Am heading to Scottsdale in a few weeks to experience some more 100 degree days and check on the desert house. I have a lime tree that is loaded with citrus. I will be bringing back a rollon full of fresh limes, guess what we will be drinking at our tailgater!

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                                                                                                                1. re: duck833

                                                                                                                  I am in Toronto. I finally have tomatoes at last. My zucchini is still going strong. I planted some more lettuce and salad greens 2 weeks ago and my chicory is already up.

                                                                                                                  1. re: duck833

                                                                                                                    NOICE!!! I am lime-green with envy. Enjoy those 'ritas!

                                                                                                                  2. The grapes are over, but now we're getting figs! And still lots of cucumbers and tomatillos; also green beans. Sungolds are almost over, but now we're getting plenty of Zebras. We've got two kinds of hot peppers, one of which has fruits that are too teeny to be useful, and one of which doesn't seem to be producing fully ripe fruit. Still not getting much arugula, but I'm hoping....

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                                                                                                                    1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                      I've got some tomatoes (orphan seedlings I rescued) that I think are green zebras. How can I tell if they're ripe?

                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                        On ours, the bits that are white on the unripe fruit start to blush yellow-orange when they ripen.

                                                                                                                    2. So...many...cucumbers...

                                                                                                                      DH and I both taking them to work and forcing people to take them home!

                                                                                                                      A few tomatoes, but the squirrels are getting them if we don't pick them early.

                                                                                                                      A few green and poblano peppers, my green beans are just about done--been eating those for a month.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                        Amazingly enough I have found people willing to take giant zukes! I hope to find one last dinner of beans. Some animal devastated my seedling beets planted for a fall crop. Some survived but not many. Made broccoli quiche this week since broccoli was starting to go by. Picked lettuce thinnings. Tomatoes are finally turning red. Hurrah for Stupice the first besides cherries. Trying to do better at succession planting and not planting too much.

                                                                                                                      2. Monterey Bay Area of California: Japanese cucumbers, padron peppers, sungold tomatoes, jalapeƱos, and a few assorted tomatoes. A volunteer sunflower attracted aphids and all my lovely tomato plants got sick and some went to plant afterlife.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Discerning1

                                                                                                                          That is so sad!!! I hope your tomatoes are in a happier place. :( It is so disappointing when you wait for your plants to grow only to find them infected...esp. by something as innocuous (seemingly!) as a sunflower. We were so lucky to miss the blight this summer. I'm still picking some yellow pears and Romas from the deck.

                                                                                                                        2. In Southern California, Hachiya persimmons are just beginning.

                                                                                                                          I also have some feijoas but they were not a named variety and not really that great.

                                                                                                                          1. Arugula came back on its own recently ...yay! It's been too flippin' hot here 90's+ for anything until just recently when I noticed one of my arugula containers putting forth so went out and bought another plant for $2.50 at Wal-Mart. Put in two tomato plants also ... we may get a break from the 90's next weekend in SWFL.

                                                                                                                            1. Here in NW Iowa, in mid-November, I'm still harvesting kale, collards, the fall planting of bok choi, and a whole bunch of cute little broccoli offshoots...We had a week of hard freeze way too early (early Oct.) but I covered my beds with blankets and even my sage and rosemary are still edible.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                                Becky, I do believe that rosemary is TRULY a hearty soul...it can withstand: HEAT, DROUGHT!! Cold ... I don't know about here in southwest Florida, but my goodness! My rosemary has endured and still looks like a shrub..it really is an amazing herb! I told my neighbors to just come and partake if they need rosemary for any recipe...I'd rather see it used up!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                  Our rosemary just doesn't make it through a Maine winter. Every spring I plant a new bush,in the autumn, cut it back, bank it well and cover it for the winter and it will not bud again in Spring. Only kale left in ghe garden. The garden's been put to bed for the winter, soon it will have a thick blanket of snow to keep it warm. The root cellar is stocked, however.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                    Every fall, I repot the rosemary from the garden plot into a big pot, sheltered under my front porch. (The porch goes with the second floor, so there's plenty of room.) So far, my rosemary has lived to mid-February in its best year. Some other years it's done by early January (I'm in the SW CT area). If the plant is big enough and healthy enough around the solstice, we put lights on it.

                                                                                                                                    It's supposed to hit 29 tonight, so cut the last of the mustard greens and picked the last of the beets. The aforementioned rosemary, thyme-lemon thyme and oregano are doing well under the porch. We'll see how they are in the morning.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Val

                                                                                                                                    We just can't make it with rosemary here, either. Our average low temps are around 20 below, and that kills it dead. I try bringing in my rosemary every year, too, but since we have to run the furnace about five months straight, the rosemary--despite my misting it--invariably dies JUST a few weeks before I could re-plant it outside. :-(

                                                                                                                                    Boo hoo. I was at the beach this spring--Hatteras Island--and we were just walking around the neighbor when I stopped in my tracks! Right there, in someone's yard, smelling wonderful and hardy as can be, was a rosemary bush that must have been five feet tall and twice as wide around. Wowzers! It made me feel so sorry for my poor, pitful, frozen Self, having to pay nearly $3 a pop for stupid little bags of two or three springs, during the winter, at the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                                      harumph!!! Five feet?? LOL...well, mine isn't THAT tall! I probably use that herb the least, too, which is why I invited my neighbors to please take what they want of it. I like it...just haven't found a ton of uses for it (yet).

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                        I couldn't believe it, myself...so I sampled some. ;-) It was a large as a Mugho Pine!

                                                                                                                                2. It's mid-November on the Blue Ridge in sw VA. In the raised beds we're picking broccoli, chard, lettuce, spinach, assorted greens, radishes, carrots, beets, turnips and these "self-trellising" sort of bush peas that we've never tried before in two varieties: snap and shell. Just pulled the last mini bell pepper plant yesterday. The potted herbs are in the garage and slowing down but still producing plenty. We've had several hard frosts but the hoops and plastic we put over the beds are performing like champs and everything's growing well. Unfortunately the slugs like it too but the beer ponds and diatomaceous earth is winning that battle for us. Wish we had started that sooner!

                                                                                                                                  1. Time to bring in the kale, was 20 degrees this a m.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                      I should have picked things on Sunday when it was beautiful and warm here in NH but I was letting a few things go to see just how much cold they could take. It looked pretty white this morning but I don't think it was 20. I had a short row of red lettuce lingering on, some golden beets, broccoli side shoots and one giant swiss chard which probably has leaves as tough as leather by now. I might still have some parsley and there might be a carrot or two hiding under the broccoli.
                                                                                                                                      I gave my rosemary away this year after wintering it over indoors for a couple of years. I don't even remember where I bought it but it seemed to handle dry better than others (I usually have a prostrate rosemary, too). I had it in a north window on the back of the toilet in a tiny bathroom. I think the additional humidity from showers helped. A friend does well with indoor plants and I think she is successful with rosemary because she has it next to a humidifier.
                                                                                                                                      Last Fri/Sat I used the last tiny green pepper harvested before frost. The thicker walled peppers seemed to keep pretty well. I cored, sliced and froze everything I could. I was amazed at how good frozen pepper is. My husband put some on a pizza and it was like having fresh. I had a wonderful pepper crop this year.

                                                                                                                                    2. Fuyu persimmons (yum yum), golden bell peppers and still some padron peppers in the Monterey Bay Area of California.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Discerning1

                                                                                                                                        I have a neighbor down the street with so many Fuyu persimmons she's begging us to take them. I went over there a couple of weeks ago and picked about 12 pounds in 5 minutes without making a noticeable dent. Plus, our next door neighbor has a Hachiya tree with branches that bend over into our yard; I got a few pounds out of that, most of which I dried. The rest are in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                          What a bounty! I make a fruit salad of slices of fuyus and red grapefruits. Sometimes sweet and other times savory with pickled red onions, avocados, and a sprinkle of rice vinegar.

                                                                                                                                      2. Satsumas and Meyer lemons! This is the first year for our little citrus trees, and each has produced five or six good fruits.
                                                                                                                                        Now if my four Ruby Red grapefruits would just hurry up and ripen!

                                                                                                                                        And I must say, this has been a splendid year for our pecan tree.
                                                                                                                                        It just doesn't get much more "local" than your own back yard!

                                                                                                                                        1. Earlier this week I picked a dozen red peter peppers, and last night I picked my last two eggplants. Even though a hard freeze wasn't predicted, I saw the writing on the wall when it was 36' at 6:30 last night and covered up or picked everything that would be vulnerable. It was in the mid20s this morning.

                                                                                                                                          1. I am either zone 9 or 10, in southwestern Louisiana. I picked beets and cauliflower yesterday. There is still plenty of carrots to pick, and my Brussels sprouts are about ready.

                                                                                                                                            1. We just picked the last of our greens, carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, and peas, but only because the last ice storm pulled the plastic down off the hoops over the beds before we could remove it. Temps have been in the low teens to the low 30's since before Christmas but the winter garden was thriving under the plastic before the ice came along. We're zone 6 in sw VA.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: morwen

                                                                                                                                                I live in Toronto. All I am picking is fresh rosemary from a plant now surviving its second winter indoors. My basil & oregano in the same pot died.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Smachnoho

                                                                                                                                                  I just used the last of the garden greens last night in soup. I have a pot of mixed lettuce indoors under lights that's been turning out a fair supply but not enough for our continuous fresh greens habit. So last night the quart jars came out for sprouts. The herbs in the garage have mostly gone into their expected dormancy so only a few snippets from that direction. But spring IS coming and we have white onion, bunching onion, Imperial Star and Violetto artichoke seedlings making their appearances under the lights!

                                                                                                                                              2. Collards, tatsoi, onions and meyer lemons In Monterey Bay Area, CA.