It's 97 degrees outside, just past the summer solstice, and we're harvesting root vegetables here in Austin. Jenny at Rock Rose is harvesting beets, and I pulled up more than a pound of carrots this past weekend.
The cucumbers are producing like crazy, outstripping our tossed salad needs. I've pulled out my copy of Marion Morash's Victory Garden Cookbook looking for cucumber recipes. Julia Child's cream of cucumber soup is there, along with a dozen cucumber salads, cucumber mousse, cooked cucumbers four ways, and a braised salmon with cucumber sauce.
The tomatoes are rockin' and rollin' in the Live Music Capital of the World. This tomato was pea green the night before, but had turned a lovely blush color by the next afternoon.
Unfortunately the birds got to it before me, followed by the ants.
The bird netting is now up. No more tomatoes for you, birdies!
I harvested my first ever homegrown okra pod this weekend. This 3 inch pod is practically as big as the plant it came from. Not much you can do with a single okra pod, but I suspect it won't be long now before its friends stop by.
What's exploding with abundance in your garden?
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