Did you know it’s the middle of August? Yeah, that snuck up on me. I had brilliant plans for the garden this year, like getting my raised beds in and doing tons more veggie gardening, and it just didn’t happen. It fell way down the list of important things to do, and therefore didn’t get done. BUT, I have a few little plants plugging away and producing charming little fruits.
When last I wrote about my garden, I was harvesting peas like crazy. Well, shortly thereafter I pulled those plants out and replaced them with bean seeds. I think that was late June, just before we went to India. By the time we got home, the little beans were popping out of the ground. I knew it might be late but still wanted tomatoes. I always have tomatoes! Well, it turns out mid July is WAY too late to buy tomato plants that don’t look like death warmed over, nuts. So I bought a couple cucumber starts instead.
And I will pat myself on the back by saying that, even though it didn’t meet my goals for an epic harvest, I’ve been more active in the vegetable garden since our first year in the house. I am a perfectionist (not in a good way, if there is such a thing) and don’t start unless I can see how it will end perfectly. So the fact that I didn’t completely throw in the towel when I fell behind is a big step for me. Pat, pat.
On to the veg! We have 2 kinds of bush beans, Speedy and Velour, both from Territorial. We got the seeds from our garden club, which has been doing this wacky bean-fest thing all summer. Speedy is true to name, and quickly produced tasty green beans. They are quite nice for snacking. The plants haven’t really taken off with the neglect I provided them, mysteriously. I haven’t had enough at any one time to cook them. But maybe soon?
Velour is so dark that the pods are almost black. The flowers are beautiful bright purple, too. Territorial Seeds says they turn green when cooked, like most dark beans. They are so beautiful that I’ll probably just use them raw. They, too, are quite tasty. I feel like they’ve handled my neglect with aplomb, and are doing their level best to grow in spite of me.
Finally, I have two Summer Dance Cucumbers. I bought them as starts. This is a Japanese burpless type, and I’ve had luck with similar plants in the past. I almost always make garlic sesame cucumbers (recipe here – I just use the top half, not the vermicelli.) It’s hard to imagine a more flavorful crunchy salad. It’s like the cucumbers you get in Chinese restaurants, but better because you made it yourself. If I have plenty of cukes I may also slice and pickle some.
Cukes have always grown really well for me. This is my first year using the tomato cages to try to keep them off the ground. It seems to be working, but I keep needing to put one of the plants back onto the cage, it hasn’t grabbed hold. The other plant has been behaving nicely. Newsflash: plants do what they want!
OK, that’s my garden report for August. Hopefully soon we’ll be eating it all up, and I will definitely tell you about it when we do.