Strawberries

Edibles

A batch of strawberries.

A few days before I’d made the following batch of freezer jam and shortly after I took this picture a small tornado came through and knocked the power out for several days. It is not often when you look out the window and realize the neighbor’s garage is missing (do you notice how dark the background in that picture is for 3pm in June?) The freezer jam was edible, but it did not set up. Luckily I have a lot of strawberry plants and made another batch from the above berries.

Strawberry Freezer Jam - Jun 11 2014 (1547K) strawberries


Fresh beans are close to my favorite eat in the garden snack - many won’t even make it indoors.

Beans - Jul 19 2010 (1099K) beans


Bean salad is more work but very tasty.

Bean Salad - Jul 20 2010 (920K) beans


Garlic can be eaten in other forms besides the end of season dried bulbs sort. In this case it is harvested in the early summer and used much like a green onion and is very good. If you plan on using it this way plant it deeper than normal and that will give you a longer blanched stalk. If you cook it longer it tastes more like green onions. I tend to eat it as I’m weeding and thinning. It can be harvested as a green onion for quite some time (about up until the tops get scapes but will vary by type of garlic).

Green Garlic - May 3 2016 (1035K) garlic


Lettuces and peas made a colorful combination.

Lettuces Peas - Jun 11 2011 (1743K) lettuce


The kelsey sweet onions can get pretty big.

Onion - Sep 22 2009 (688K) onion


We made many quarts of pickles (both dill and bread and butter) the last few summers. They are about the easiest of all the produce to put up.

Pickles - Aug 16 2016 (812K) pickles


Dill Pickles - Jul 23 2016 (1266K) pickles


Rhubarb besides being edible makes a nice backdrop or edge planting.

Rhubarb - May 14 2014 (1561K) rhubarb


This was a strange tomato and very large (about 17cm across).

Tomato - Aug 30 2016 (770K) tomato


We’ve put up between 100 - 300 quarts of tomato chunks or tomato juice a year ever since we started growing vegetables.

Tomato - Aug 24 2011 (789K) tomatoes


I often grow turnips as a cover crop, for the flowers and of course I’ll eat some.

Turnips - May 23 2014 (1831K) turnip