Beans Beans They Make You …

… no no not that. They make you work because when they are ready and you’d better be picking.

Snap Pea Rows

Snap Pea Rows

The sugar snap peas are at their peak. They have climbed to about 6 feet tall and are producing abundantly.

Snap Peas

Snap Peas

At end of this weekend, I collected 30 pounds from one side of a row, just to remove the large pods and encourage more growth. First task next weekend is to pick more!

30 pounds

30 pounds

When I first checked, the green beans were very thin. 24 hours later, they are ready!

Green Beans

Green Beans

The tops of the onions have fallen over, which means its time to collect them. Those we seeded in the early days, in rows 6 inches apart, never made it. First, it was a cool spring and they sprouted very slowly. Once sprouted, I had not yet discovered some of the weeding tools. When I did figure out how to weed, I realized those 6 inch rows are not hand-weeding friendly. They are basically designed for large farms that spray herbicides, or large farms that have very expensive equipment. These were planted in a single row, from plants and sets, and were visible and accessible when we needed to get rid of weeds. Lesson learned? don’t grow onions. Maybe next year I can grow shallots properly.

Onions Are Ready

Onions Are Ready For Dinnner

With last week’s harvest, the remaining chioggia beets may have a chance to size up. They were seeded on 4/19, so at 77 days, their time is about up. Lesson learned? use a seeder which will give the right spacing for growing seedlings.

Beets

Beets

Carrots are just about ready. They were seeded by hand and didn’t get weeded much, but they still came up. There is a technique called flame weeding, and it works for carrots because the seeds take so long to germinate.  We now have a torch, maybe I can try that for the fall planting of carrots.

Carrots

Carrots

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