Mary's Veggie Garden

July 8, 2013

Harvest Monday 7/8/2013 – Season of Plenty

Filed under: Broccoli,Lettuce,Onions,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:44 pm
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Indeed, it is a time of plenty. Every second day I bike to my community garden plot and harvest as much as my panniers will hold.  Every harvest includes a bag of shelling peas and a bag of Sugar Snap peas. Our long cool spring made it a good year for peas but the with the temperature over 90°F every day last week, pea season will end in a couple of days.  We love the original Sugar Snaps eaten raw, but there were so many that I froze a lot.



Every harvest includes a couple of onions for cooking. Before planting, I separated out the largest of the sets and planted them apart from the others for early harvest. I use most of the onion, including the greens, except the outer leaves and anything that feels stringy.

The bowl of shelled peas also contains a handful of Windsor fava beans. This is my first time growing favas and I’m disappointed. They take a  lot of space, must be tied up since they don’t climb naturally, and thus far the yield has been next to nothing.

All my broccoli reached harvest size in the space of 3 days. The variety is a hybrid called Bay Meadows and the heads are averaging .55 lb. each. I froze the broccoli too.



I harvested all 9 heads of Cimmaron lettuce this week. Cimmaron is the red and green romaine in the first picture and on the left above. A week ago the first heads reached full size, today the remaining 5 were starting to bolt. When I transplanted the Cimmaron I had far too many plants so I gave half a dozen to my garden neighbor.  He mulched with some nice black mulch that was left for the community gardens. I mulched with shredded leaves.  His Cimmaron grew much faster than mine (even though I gave him the smaller plants) and his harvest finished two weeks ago. Better nutrition equals faster plant growth.  I was happy my Cimmaron was delayed because I was still harvesting my first planting of lettuce when my neighbor harvested his Cimmaron.



  1. You are getting an impressive harvest of peas. Mine are just about done from the continuous heat. I have to agree with you, so far the fava beans are a lot of work and space for a small yield of beans. Too bad the pods are not edible. Somebody should develop a Sugar Snap Fava.

    Comment by dvelten — July 8, 2013 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  2. Nice varied harvest you have there, love your broccoli and peas, I haven’t been able to grow a decent head of broccoli yet.

    Comment by mac — July 9, 2013 @ 12:44 am | Reply

    • My spring broccoli is always successful, but I’m still trying to find the correct timing and variety for a fall crop.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 9, 2013 @ 7:17 am | Reply

  3. Lovely harvests (as usual) this week. I love to freeze the sugar snaps as they are such a delicious treat in the winter months – like a taste of early summer sunshine. 😀

    Sounds like you are getting some brutal hot weather lately. Stay cool.

    Comment by kitsapfg — July 9, 2013 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  4. Lovely purple color of that turnip…

    Comment by Lrong — July 10, 2013 @ 8:37 am | Reply

    • The purple vegetable is a Kolibri Kohlrabi. The color is one reason I grow it.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 10, 2013 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  5. Enjoy all those peas.. it will be nice to have a frozen stash when the season is over. Your broccoli looks delicious too. My spring broccoli tends to get attacked by cabbage worms, so fall planting is better here. Someday I should use a row cover.

    Comment by Budding and Blooming — July 10, 2013 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

    • I do use a row cover. I know how impossible it is to pick cabbage worms out of a big head of broccoli. The row cover will come off when I start harvesting side shoots.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 10, 2013 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  6. Great harvest. You sure are set for the winter with all that you are putting in your freezer.

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 15, 2013 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

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