Coming Out of Our Ears
The last three weeks have been extremely busy in the garden. We have been picking, freezing and dehydrating many crops.
The earliest picking was the broad beans. We planted them in March and were eating them in May. We had so many that we ended up pulling the plants. They are not a particularly popular vegetable but we did manage to stuff a few friends with them and they were pleasantly surprised of their tastiness.
The cherries ripened next. We had made a major cutting of branches over the winter so we were not expecting a large harvest, but with the hot weather we were inundated with cherries. We picked what we could and dehydrated six large mason jars full. A few weeks later the cherries were full of worms so that was the end of that.
The basil plants have been growing like wildfire. We usually plant a dozen or so with the expectation that we will lose a third of them to the elements or the slugs, but we had neither. Fifteen gigantic three foot plants! I have been picking basil leaves and making pesto spread with the freebie used food processor I scored from my sister's friend. The freezer is full of jars!
The cucumbers are loving this hot weather and growing like weeds. We haven't been able to eat them all so we are giving them away to anyone who will take some. The marketmore variety tastes sweet and crunchy and we are glad we took the time to tie the vines to the plastic fencing so they have grown straight and long.