The new garden was planted on May 23rd. Well now it is a month later and I've gotten my first harvest. I was out picking off leaf miner eggs from the chard which I do every couple of days. Then Scott (who owns the other half of the townhouse we are in) wanted to know how the garden was doing. He was commenting that things were growing well. And indeed they are. He probably mentioned something about what I'm picking from the garden and I was struck that I hadn't harvested anything yet. And here I was picking off leaf miner eggs from the huge leaves of the chard. A couple of the plants were quite ready to be harvested from. And the basil that I kept bumping into and smelling when I dealt with the chard was also ready.
So I did. Now the chard looks tiny again. I usually pick chard once a week and pick all the large leaves off but one. This way I don't have as many leaves to check for leaf miners. It may or may not be the most productive way to grow chard. It certainly isn't the prettiest, but it is the easiest.
I also picked the basil tops. You can barely tell the plants were harvested from, but I did. Some of the basil is a little yellow in spots. This is probably not a nitrogen deficiency but an iron deficiency. I did a soil test a while back and it has a pH of 7.2. This is a bit high for all of my crops and it is high enough to cause a few minor micronutrient deficiencies like iron. The soil is rich in organic matter so that ought to help as most micronutrients are more available when the organic matter is high. I'm guessing with all the acid rain we get here that by the end of the summer my soil will be easily below 7, so I didn't bother to correct it. Usually I have to add lime every year for things to grow well.