I've been doing well on the preserving front. But the big push is almost over. The spinach is bolting.
Most of the plants have been stripped and will be pulled before I need the bed in a week. A few aren't quite at the bolting stage so I left some leaves on them so they can grow. I'm left with about five or six plants in this bed and some in my cucumber and zucchini bed. I pulled more of those out though to give the cucurbits more space and make sure they get full sun all day. I expect very small harvests of spinach next week. Probably just enough to eat fresh. The big push to freeze spinach is over.
In the last bed I came across patches of something I hadn't seen before in the garden. I had to look it up. It was Cladosporium leaf spot. Luckily there wasn't much of it to spoil all the leaves. Most were free. Just a patch here and there. I hope it doesn't stick around to next year. Our extension service says not much is really known about the disease and how it is transmitted. They implicate seeds though. I'll be getting fresh seed next year for sure. And as always I'll rotate my crops.
I'll miss you spinach. Though part of me is ready say goodbye to my morning blanching sessions. Tomorrow or Monday I'll get out and pull the mizuna. Then the only blanching greens left will be kale and chard. Kale goes until early to mid summer before it is pulled, but the chard will stick around all year long. Though as the other greens fade and the cabbages are all picked, chard will become an important fresh green as it takes the summer heat well. I checked to make sure that leaf spot disease didn't effect chard as they are in the same family as spinach. It doesn't seem to. Thank goodness.
I'll be looking forward to the summer crops. The zucchini, cucumbers, and corn that are taking the place of the spinach. I have a long way to wait though. Grow zucchini grow!