I neglected my garden for the two hottest and wettest weeks in Toronto. When it was hot (and not wet) I did water, and did some desultory weeding, but it was really half-hearted. This week I’ve spent 4 hours weeding, and I think I’ve got about an hour left. But the harvest season is beginning.
Here’s an overview of what I collected today:
I did pick more tomatoes and zucchini than in this picture, and I’ll likely harvest the whole garlic crop by the end of the week: since the leaves are all browning, the bulbs aren’t likely to be growing much bigger.
Here are some highlights:
San Marzano (plum) tomatoes are ripening. They will come home, be washed, and frozen in zip lock bags in my freezer, to be thawed when I want to make sauce. They freeze and thaw well (and the skin comes off cleanly once thawed, instead of doing the whole scald/chill/peel thing).
Have you ever seen a potato fruit before? Potatoes and tomatoes are very closely related — but potatoes create these delicious starchy tubers below ground that we eat. Here’s a fruit on one of my potato plants. I’m going to leave it to see what happens! Looks a lot like a green tomato.
My red leaf lettuce is getting ready to bolt. I need to pick some more of it this week. I want to use some of the leaves to make can-can skirts for frogs legs!
I left one garlic scape on its bulb — and have been watching as it has grown and now split the silver paper surrounding the head. Slightly weird and creepy. I may have to play with this in Photoshop and do something Gothic with it.
I harvested three zucchini and about a half-dozen tomatoes; need to go back Friday morning for some basil, lettuce, and whatever else looks like it’s happening (there was a tiny yellow squash today; it might be harvestable by Friday. Or not). And it really is time to pluck up all my garlic.