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Jun 5, 2009 09:34 AM

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: 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.