Mary's Veggie Garden

June 4, 2012

Harvest Monday June 4, 2012 & a Loopy Squash

Filed under: Gardening,Peas,Spinach,Squash,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:32 am
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The spring crops are now in full harvest – each day I can harvest as much as we need. In the past week I harvested:

Tyee spinach and Snow Peas: Dwarf White Sugar and Oregon Sugar Pod II.

Radishes: 1.1 pounds.
Lettuce: 1.6 pounds.
Snow Peas: 1.75 pounds. These are a mix of Dwarf White Sugar and Oregon Sugar Pod II. When compared, the harvest of Dwarf White Sugar starts a week earlier and the pods are less thick than those of Oregon Sugar Pod II. The color of Dwarf White Sugar is light green, while Oregon Sugar Pod II is a deeper green and more pea flavored.
Spinach: 2 oz. I finished harvesting the Bloomsdale a week ago (it was bolting, even the very tiny plants). This week I’m harvesting Tyee for salads. I planted both varieties the same day, in the same bed. The Tyee plants are much bigger, and they are taking about ten days longer to bolt.

I continued planting this week – snap beans, pole beans and French marigolds, winter squashes and nasturtiums, sweet potatoes and sweet corn. It’s wonderful to be rewarded by harvest even while I’m still planting.

Loopy Squash

Zephyr squash seedlings.

I planted this hill of Zephyr summer squash 5/18. The seed is from last year, so I planted thickly. Check the plant in the lower right: when the seedlings started to emerge, for several days all I saw was a loop for this plant. Eventually the leaves emerged – but the delay means it’s half the size of the biggest.

I was planning to thin, so let’s see what happened below ground.

Loopy squash plant.

I suspect that if I had let this plant grow the plant would eventually choke itself; squash stems get thick! Many seedlings first show as a half loop, particularly beans and onions, but then the top pops out and the stem straightens. This is the first time in 35 years of gardening that I’ve seen a stem continue in a complete circle before the top emerged.

Check in with Daphne’s Dandelions for more harvests and curiosities from around the world.



  1. That is interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Sustainably Modern — June 4, 2012 @ 9:14 am | Reply

  2. That’s quite a bit of peas you harvested already, I am way behind. Do you think the low nighttime temp this week is going to affect the sweet potaoes?

    Comment by Norma Chang — June 4, 2012 @ 9:51 am | Reply

    • I planted snow peas early 3/18, instead of my usual 4/1. Planting two weeks earlier moves up the harvest by about a week.
      The sweet potatoes would be happier with warmer temperatures, but I think it will only slow them down a bit. The soil is very warm so that will help. The soil is so warm that my beans planted last Tuesday were up Saturday.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — June 4, 2012 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  3. Isn’t it nice to be harvesting enough now to meet the daily needs of the family meal prep? We have pretty much shifted over entirely to fresh harvests at this point too. Soon it will be the other direction where the production is so high that we have regular surplus that needs to be put by for the coming winter. I like this shoulderseason period of plenty but not too much.

    Comment by kitsapfg — June 4, 2012 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

    • Indeed. I want to finish planting before my freezer season starts – the kohlrabi is now the size of jumbo marbles.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — June 5, 2012 @ 6:59 am | Reply

  4. That is a very strange squash. And nice harvest. I am just loving my snow peas right now, but I’m only growing one type.

    Comment by Daphne — June 5, 2012 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  5. Nice to know that about the spinach. I’ve been stuck in a rut with Bloomsdale for years, so I will be trying out some new varieties next winter. I have noticed that older seeds often do some strange things. I’ve had old tomato seeds that sent up a single true leaf but didn’t seem to have a growing point and then just sit there. I had one this year, it was from some very old seed and was the only seedling to sprout so I left it and after about a month it did develop a grow point and started growing and now looks just fine. I’ve also had beans that ended up upside down….

    Comment by maryhysong — June 7, 2012 @ 8:32 am | Reply

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