Finally it's time to get something other than cole crops out of the beds. (This is a late post - I wanted to get this out on Monday but couldn't do it, but I'm going to post it anyway). First there was a picking of beets and onions. The onions are the first of the Red Long of Tropea, which can be harvested through the summer. I grew a few rows to keep me supplied until the red storage onions are ready.
Since there was a small head of Gonzalez cabbage in the refrigerator and dill in the garden I tried making Borscht. It came out pretty well, if I do say. I like it better cold than warm.
The Provider beans are coming on. Once again I'm impressed with how excellent this heirloom bean is. I picked nearly 2 lbs in several pickings.
That's not all. There's pickling cucumbers, over 2 pounds of Calypso, nice plump cukes. This is the first year I've grown a pickling cucumber.
I tried one of them fresh and they aren't very good, too dry. I made two quarts of refrigerator pickles with them and what a change, they are delicious after a few days in the pickling juices. I'm guessing that all pickling cukes are like this, not meant to be eaten raw.
Nearly 30 pounds for the year so far. It's a good start.