Six on Saturday: June 16

Potager mid June 18  This is my absolutely favorite time of the year!  By mid-June the blessings from the potager are so abundant that it is hard to pick only 6, but here’s what’s on my mind this week.  1) Succession plantings!  With the earliest lettuces, spinach, bok choy and peas coming out there’s now room for new crops to go in.  Leek French Baby  These “French Baby” Leeks were just planted where mini red “Intred” lettuces had been and these Cabbage Gonzales  “Gonzales” cabbage seedlings are now happily settled where bok choy was harvested.  The first cabbages are just coming to the kitchen, so these babies will be appreciated later on.  This sequencing is happening all over the potager so that maximum harvest can be pursued.  It’s such a giggle!

2) The Interior border…of the potager is comprised of edible flowers, herbs, and a few veggies that prefer the moister conditions of the border rather than a raised bed.  This time of year, with the calendula, nigella and snapdragons already shouting for attention, the stately dill just beginning to show off its yellow bouquet, and the “Golden Jubilee” agastache’s foliage at its best, the addition of this gorgeous Asiatic Lily “Ladylike” is just icing on the cake.  Lily Ladylike

3) Cole crops…are at their very best right now despite the record heat we’ve been having.  The best part is that there are no worms…YET…although cabbage butterflies have been spotted recently, so that won’t be the case for long.  The sprayer of Bt will have to be put to use soon. Broc Blue Wind This “Blue Wind” broccoli has performed so well that the freezer is already filling despite our having consumed Chinese beef & broccoli, broccoli cheese soup, and eating it raw with hummus.  I admit to having trouble growing cauliflower in the potager…up till now!  Cauliflower This “Minuteman” cauliflower is the result of careful attention to ample watering with compost tea every two days, but it’s worth the effort to have these gorgeous heads. Cabbage Katarina The winner of the cabbage challenge is “Katarina” which have been beautiful in the potager since they were planted.  “Gonzales” is almost ready to harvest as well, and I rather like the fact that its smaller heads are better suited for a family of two.  The “Katarina” heads are large for a “mini” and will be more than one-meal in most cases but I will definitely grow them again to make a canner of kraut.

4) Beans!  It’s only June 16 and there are beans to pick!  These “Royal Burgundy” are one of my favorites.  I’ve mentioned multiple times that they can go into cool, wet soil without rotting so they were planted well before normal “bean planting” time for this area of central Indiana.  Bean, Royal Burgundy   And, now all of the British readers can chuckle.  Here is my puny fava bean harvest.  Fava beans  With 80 and 90 degree temperatures in April, I’m thrilled to have any pods at all.  The “Windsor” plants produced an average of 2 pods per plant (some had none, some had 3) and the “Robin Hood” averaged 4 pods per plant, although the pods are smaller than their rival.  Only one meal from a lot of space, but I rationalize the planting by the fact that they will have improved the soil, and the fact that I can’t get even one dish of favas any other way except flying over the ocean!

5) Tomatoes…Tomato Polbig  All over the potager tomatoes like these “Polbig” are growing at warp speed.  They were the size of pencil erasers before the rain (THE rain….singular, but we were ecstatic over it!) and are now suddenly larger than golf balls.  These “Indigo Cherry Drops” will soon be starting to ripen Tom Indigo although I worry that flea beetles may impact their productivity.  They seem to be the only tomatoes covered with the microscopic beetles, which is a puzzle.   And finally #6) Bounty!  The best part is just the absolute bounty of the potager at this time.  Five to nine pounds of produce is coming to the kitchen daily!  Soon that number will expand because the summer squash, like this “Cashflow” Squash Cashflow and the beans, potatoes and cabbages will add to the poundage much quicker than lettuce, radishes and spinach have been totaling.  It’s an absolute delight to “shop” in the potager and let it’s bounty determine the day’s menu.

To see how other gardens and gardeners are faring this week, visit The Propagator, the excellent host for this meme.

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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21 Responses to Six on Saturday: June 16

  1. Miss Judy says:

    Beautiful bounty!

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  2. Katie says:

    We had our best broccoli year ever too, despite it getting hot very fast. I wonder if it was the cold spring? It was weird! Alas, I did not spray in time and my plants are now pulled. It was nice while it lasted.

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    • carolee says:

      Broccoli harvest will last a bit longer because of side shoots. Wish I could say the same for the strawberries, which are just finished. Their season was especially short due to the dry season.

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  3. Nat says:

    Small harvest of fava beans is no big deal…your veggie garden is looking fabulous and productive anyway! And the lillies!! Such a pop of colour.

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    • carolee says:

      It is only a big deal because I love favas, especially the fresh ones! I have fava envy for all those who can grow them so easily, even over-winter them for an early crop, and enjoy them regularly.

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      • Nat says:

        Ah now I understand the disappointment. What techniques are available where you are for growning out of season? I suppose it is hard to grasp the concept here in Western Australia even in winter things may struggle but they usually pull through. We get a little frost but that’s about it.

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  4. mybackyardgarden4b says:

    I am positively green with envy. What a beautiful, productive garden.

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  5. A. JoAnn says:

    Wow, you’ve got a lot of produce going on, and those tomatoes have exploded. When’s the stir-fry? Your zucchini looks like the perfect size to me. I think they taste better when the seeds stay small.

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  6. March Picker says:

    I can see you there, frolicking down the rows! What heaven. So glad many of us are thrilled about growing our veggies. Those favas have me inspired to grow my own, so I’m not chuckling at them.

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  7. bcparkison says:

    It all looks so good and healthy.

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  8. Phuong says:

    Ah, it feels like it’s been in the 90’s for months. Despite the high heat your cole crops look incredible. I’ve given up on spring broccoli, harlequin bugs are too ferocious. Did you overwinter your favas?

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  9. Annie says:

    All I can say is WOW! What a garden! 😀

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  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a magnificent garden. I love the look of those purple tomatoes. Do you get fruit fly there? I’ve pretty much given up growing tomatoes because of that pesky pest.

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    • carolee says:

      We have those tiny fruit flies that generally annoy me in the house in summer, especially when I’m canning pickles because they are attracted to the vinegar. They fly into your wine glass if you take it outdoors, but I’ve never noticed them on tomatoes unless its one the dog took a bite from! They must be in quite a quantity in your area, or maybe its a larger, different fly then ours?

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      • janesmudgeegarden says:

        Ours are serious fruit flies, sometimes called Queensland fruit flies, that lay their eggs in the tomatoes, and then the grubs turn the inside of the tomato into mush. For this reason I have almost stopped growing tomatoes except for the very small variety which don’t seem to suffer so much.

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      • carolee says:

        Sounds dreadful! I don’t think we have them here in the States….yet!

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  11. Robin says:

    It’s beautiful! Is it bad I get more excited about beautiful vegetable gardens than I do flowers? 😀

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  12. Laurie Graves says:

    Everything looks splendid! You are one busy gardener.

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