I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I hate the weather, but I love the summer foods. Fresh veggies from our garden, and fruit from the many farmers’ markets in our area.
This summer, it’s the best veggie garden yet. Once we get back from our anniversary vacation, I’m going to start canning our first batches of dilly beans… and will probably still be canning salsa verde by summer’s end. We have corn, beans, peppers, squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, lettuce & greens… we have just about everything. I’m also planning on starting some leeks & head lettuces to grow this fall come July!
Beans… wow, we’ve got… a lot. Friday afternoon Jeff’s mom and I decided to do a big picking… and we ended up with two full bags of beans. And as you can see, we have even more flowering! I have a feeling I’m going to have at least a flat or two of canned dilly beans, even after giving away & eating a lot of fresh beans!
Our squash is just as plentiful, but believe it or not – this is the first traditional zucchini that has appeared. We’ve already harvested several ball zucchini, with another dozen still growing. We have a few volunteer squash plants that haven’t been identified yet, plus a papaya squash plant that hasn’t produced yet. I LOVE grilled squash, I have a feeling it’s going to be our summer staple again this year.
Last but not least… my favorite, cherry tomatoes! This is the yellow variety, and it’s doing great!!! I can’t wait to make a salad from it, with some cucumbers from the farmers’ market… I just need to stop eating the tomatoes straight off the plant!
This will be the first year I’ve canned anything from our garden, and I’m nervous. The beans were added so I could can dilly beans, and we let the volunteer tomatillos keep growing so I can make some salsa verde. I’m not sure about canning a red salsa this summer, our larger tomatoes haven’t been looking too good. We have one plant already producing a lot, but the other plants just seem to be hanging in there. We’ve had issues with a grasshopper, and some other unidentifiable culprit, eating several of our plants up. Luckily snails haven’t been a problem!
I can’t wait to see how our garden keeps growing in the coming months 🙂