Yesterday I really tried to harvest some greens under my row cover. But did you know those nasty white butterflies really wake up early in the morning? I had to wait until today to do it. So I was out this morning at 6am. My chore was to get the mass of chard harvested so I could process it.
I chopped off the stems and cut the leaves up. Then boiled it for a few minutes before plunging it in ice. Now it is in the freezer. I freeze it in chunks that are about 3/4c. Though I use those plastic containers to form the chard ice cube, they don't stay in there long. Once they are frozen, they are demolded and put into ziploc bags. The plastic boxes take way too much space in the freezer.
Then I grated all the zucchini I had in the house and froze that too for my winter soups and zucchini bread. I was on a kick to save things for the winter because I had let a little mizuna and a little komatsuna get too old. I really try not to. Any excess ought to be preserved or given away.
As I was preserving today, I cut the oregano back hard and dehydrated it. Finally I have my own oregano again.
And can you believe I had the first harvest of beans today and didn't take a photo? OK there are only about four. I think by the end of the week beans will start piling up. I'm seeing more little beans and there are just tons of flowers on those plants.
Then I was faced with this. The dying peas. The snap peas still seem to be alive and producing, but both snap peas have seen better days. So they got pulled out and composted. I collected some dry pods for seed next year. Not enough, but some.
The space was seeded with carrot tapes that I made yesterday afternoon. They are now nicely under burlap. I hope they sprout well. Some years I can get carrots to sprout easily in the summer and sometimes it seems impossible.