That’s right: attached to this beautiful, innocent-looking Romanesco squash flower is the first in a legion of zucchini that will soon overwhelm our fair garden. At least we hope so. Thankfully we have a cadre of volunteers from the community to help us take care of the garden now that school is out. Zucchini equates to summer in my mind, and I’ve personally had experiences with the things running wild and growing to the size of caveman-clubs, but these ones will be better tended, i’m sure. Incidentally, Romanesco squash are often praised as the most delicious of all squash – who knew?
The peas are growing very nicely, too – We should have our first harvest next week – a bit later than we would’ve liked due to rabbits and possibly the weather, but a pea is a pea. Two out of the five kinds we planted are producing pods presently; once the others kick in we’ll have ourselves a taste test.
This is Vicki Robin, one of our harvesters for this first week on the summer schedule. She and Nancy Snow grabbed six bags of lettuce, some broccoli and cabbage thinnings, and beet greens (ours are purple and delicious, from our Bull’s Blood Beets) for the food bank.
One last picture of the garden, from the inside looking towards the gate. On the left is our swiss chard, beyond that the newly planted carrots under a row cover. On the right, the billowing mass is actually a horde of broccoli – I snuck a look underneath today and found that several of them have set their flowers. Beyond them are onions, then in the distance are the cabbages, more broccoli, and some peas crawling up the fence. The hoophouse and our big manure pile are beyond all that. Next time i’ll get some pictures of all our tomatos in the hoophouse and talk about the technique we used to support them.