7.16.12 Baby carrots, summer squash and tomatoes

It was time for the carrots to be thinned, giving us a harvest of stubby Red Core Chantenay and slender Napoli baby carrots attached to a mane of greens. The Napoli is known as Eliot Coleman’s favorite for winter, and seems to thrive equally well in summer. Both the Red Core Chantenay and Napoli were planted at the same time but differ by 10 days to maturity, accounting for some of the difference in size. They’ll be perfect for making this.

The squash plants are bursting out of their protective covering, put in place to help prevent the squash vine borer from getting to them.

A peak into the Squash Casbah reveals that pollinators have been sneaking in despite the covering and have been busily making baby Zephyrs.

The tomato plants are thriving in this warm weather we’ve been having. We marvel at how healthy and lush they are, and hope they remain so as the season progresses.

This is a new variety of cherry tomato we’re trying this year called Peacevine, and is setting masses of fruit.

The peas are winding down as the fennel and cucumbers are starting to come in. We’ve been continuing to eat primarily from our garden with enough to start freezing a few greens, and much more on the way.

Still harvesting: fennel, salad greens, kale, chard, peas, favas, radishes, fennel
Newly harvested: cucumbers, summer squash, baby carrots
To come: tomatoes, green beans, beets, eggplant

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21 Responses to 7.16.12 Baby carrots, summer squash and tomatoes

  1. kitsapfg says:

    Those tomatoes really do look in great shape and that Peacevine variety is just loaded! All your produce and plants are looking exceptionally healthy and productive.

    • leduesorelle says:

      Thanks for your kind enthusiasm! We’ve been working on improving the soil and rotating crops. The Peacevine was recommended by our friend, Kate, at Stout Oak Farm, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it tastes.

  2. maryhysong says:

    Everything looks wonderful! I’ll have to try that squash, it sure is pretty.

  3. Robin says:

    Very nice carrots. I have to get out there and pull mine. I’ve just been harvesting a few here and there. Those squash and tomato plants sure are happy!

  4. Everything looks great! I especially love that fennel. I am trying some for fall this year, and can hardly wait.

    • leduesorelle says:

      We transplanted our fennel seedlings too late and some are bolting. No matter, though, we’ll just harvest but leave the root, and wait for another crop.

  5. Jenny says:

    Beautiful harvest! The squash and tomato plants are loaded with fruit!

  6. Just lovely! Good idea with the row cover…seems like it worked!

  7. Norma Chang says:

    Love the name Peacevine, looking forward to reading about how you like them. Beautiful carrot harvest.

  8. Rick says:

    Great looking harvest! I may have to give those Zephers a try they look like a fun squash to grow.

    • leduesorelle says:

      They are fun to grow, as well as cook with! Incredibly prolific, great flavor, and it’s nice to have two colors in one squash.

  9. Liz says:

    All your plants look so healthy and that looks like its going to be a great tomato haul. Can I ask how you prepare your tomato beds? Do you use the seaweed on them?

    • leduesorelle says:

      I thought of you, Liz, while writing this post… We’ve never ever had tomatoes this nice. The Gardeners says it’s due to pure dumb luck. We do use seaweed, but it’s the hot, dry weather that’s really made a difference…

  10. Michelle says:

    Your garden is so lovely, neat and tidy and lush. The tomatoes are doing so well, it looks like you’ve got one starting to ripen! I’m tomato green woth envy.

    • leduesorelle says:

      It helps that there are two of us keeping it up, but thanks! We’re keeping our fingers crossed with the tomatoes…

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