Kim’s Veggie Garden: Harvesting & Water Damage
We have had a lot of rain these past two weeks in Central PA! So much rain, I only recently had to turn my irrigation on.
All the wet and cloudy weather slightly damaged my plants. I noticed that my Earthbox planters with the Peppers and Eggplant & Onions look perfectly fine. They’re even flowering! However the tomatoe and cucumber plant leaves were splotchy and yellow. Since I couldn’t stop the rain from falling, the next best thing I could do is just pull off anything that looked dead or was yellowing.
My thoughts were, to see if they would survive or improve for one week… if they looked any worse I’d buy new plants to replace them and start over. Thankfully since the pruning, the sun came out and really dried up all that wet soil and now my plants all look a little happier.
The cooler wet weather WAS good for all of my cooler crops. I was able to harvest the romaine and mesculin mix lettuce for salads and wraps…
Typically lettuce is a one shot harvesting deal. I’m positive that they’ll soon flower and I’ll need to replace their spots with something else. I’m thinking sweet potatoes, pole beans, and maybe some more onions.
This last week I was also able to harvest all of my broccoli! I suggest harvesting your broccoli when the heads are about 3-6 inches wide. My fear was that they would go to flower the longer I left them in the garden. So once they were big enough, I cut the heads off. This sounds crazy but now that the plant is a little traumatized, all these little floret shoots will pop out and you can cut those smaller ones after your harvest too.
What did I do with all this broccoli? I put it into salads, ate it raw and made my Broccoli & Bow Ties Recipe, which is one of my favorites for summer picnics! I’m not good with measurements for this since I’ve been making it forever. So feel free to edit this to your personal tastes.
Kim’s Broccoli & Bow Ties
- 1 box farfalle pasta
- 4 cans chicken broth
- 1/2c olive oil
- 4 broccoli heads cut off the florets (save stems for juicing!)
- 4 cloves of garlic (or more depending on how you like the taste)
- Boil the chicken broth. Add your bow ties/farfalle
- Steam the broccoli florets while you’re boiling.
- Combine both the Farfalle pasta and the broccoli. Then throw in garlic, and olive oil. I would say start with a 1/2c olive oil, if it still looks dry, add more.
- Finally add salt and pepper to taste. (Sometimes I add nutritional yeast flakes or grated cheese too)
Up next, I plan on blanching my celery. This will help my celery be a little less bitter and more sweet…supposedly. I’ve never grown or blanched celery before! Plus I have yet to harvest my carrots, beets and onions.
What are you digging in your garden?