Midday a very strong storm passed through the area. Yesterday was actually nice after a morning rain. It's become a familiar pattern - things just start drying out then another rain comes down. This weekend I pulled out an acorn squash, rotted at the stem, and more carrots which are rotting in the ground. Considering the weather there are still good things coming out of the garden.
Early last week I picked another batch of Calypso pickling cucumbers, 4 1/2 pounds, and one Diva slicing cucumber. The Calypso cucumbers were made into three quarts of refrigerator pickles in short order. So far the Calypso's have been producing in batches which is convenient. The next batch is several days off, and if it is large enough I'll think about hot canning them.
I think the Calypso's are a good looking cucumber. They just look like they will make a good pickle.
A few days later the first Fortex pole beans were picked, along with Marengo Romano and Provider. The Provider bush beans look puny next to the pole beans. I like to plant a row of bush beans early in the season so beans are coming in while the pole beans are still growing. This was just over two pounds of beans.
On Sunday I picked the first tomato, a Grandma's Pick. The tomato wasn't fully ripe but at this point only bad things can happen if it is left on the vine. It should have sat in a windowsill for a few days but I couldn't wait. Also two more Diva cucumbers. I was able to make a salad with lettuce, tomato and cucumber - probably the only time that will happen this year as the lettuce is done now.
I compared this year's yields to last year's and they are about 20 pounds ahead of 2014, nearly 70 pounds so far. Until this week kohlrabi was the leading producer at 14 pounds but the cucumbers have already passed that mark with 14.6 pounds. The Calypso's have been very productive.
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