Postcard From the Garden
Early September harvest.
Two weeks later: cucumbers have succumbed to squash bugs and the drought, but green beans and wax beans are now harvestable: Yeah! As you may recall, summer beans were devastated by Mexican bean beetles. Peppers are ripening – although there is no question that the drought has been hard on the plants. Lima were a failure, summer squash – not quite a failure – but not far. Certainly no zucchini glut this year. Swiss chard was very disappointing (isn’t they supposed to be a fool-proof crop?). But the raspberries, oh! the raspberries…
Let me tell you about the raspberries. They like the cooler temperatures, they need to be picked every day (underripe today, perfect tomorrow, overripe the day after), they respond well to a big drink of water… and they are soooo good. My nano-CSA clients get a pint in their basket every week, we are eating them with yogurt, by themselves, with other fruit, and I am freezing them by the bagful. I was able to make jams but unfortunately have no time whatsoever to bake. This is both harvest time, putting up time and working on the fall and winter garden. And the catering business is picking up for the fall. No time, I tell you….