For the second time this season I harvested from our garden. Matt and I were gone for a week and when we returned it was huge!
We got plenty of rain the week we were gone because we had some crazy weather, but also there is a watering share at our community garden for when people are unable to water our garden for extended periods of time.
First up chard! I harvested some chard several weeks ago when I saw some of the leaves were turning white. I learned from a fellow gardener that once you snip the chard with the white leaves, the second batch should be free of white leaves!
Next time I start a garden I am going to make sure to weed well before our seeds start to bloom. It was pretty hard to get the roots out with all this wonderful produce plants near!
Not only did I harvest Swiss Chard, I also harvested bountiful bush beans. They are delicious! So sweet and just like snap peas, you can just much on them without needing to shell them.
We also have cilantro in our bed. We did not plant cilantro, but the bed next to us has it, and the wind must have graced our bed with cilantro seeds! The first thing I noticed were all these flowers coming from the cilantro.
I knew that flowers are not wanted so I cut them off. I found that cilantro grows super fast, so it is best to cut the leaves as soon as they are grown and harvest frequently. Also cilantro likes cooler weather so the summer heat is not an ideal growing situation for the garlic. Unfortunately I read that once cilantro flowers, the leaves are not as tasty . However, the flowers turn to seed can be used as coriander seed. Fun!