On Friday after work I zipped out to my garden, hoping to do a little weeding before the sun went down (and to avoid going out there in this weekend’s oppressive heat and humidity). I ended up spending most of the time harvesting a huge amount of produce that was absolutely ready to be picked/dug/thinned/etc. My yellow string beans, in particular, are insane! Last weekend I got about a pound and a half, and this weekend I probably got about three pounds! I also got new potatoes, Swiss chard, salad greens, baby carrots, little shallots, basil, dill, rosemary, and a whole mess of mint.
Not pictured: my first cherry tomatoes of the season, which I ate along with some more beans, potatoes, and salad greens in a salade Niçoise as soon as I got home. Still, can you believe all this? In total, I brought home 6.5 pounds of vegetables from my garden – I know, because I sneakily weighed my sack of produce at the Wisconsin Avenue Giant before I headed home. Good thing I can bring a lot of it to my friend’s birthday picnic tomorrow, or else I’d have way too much food on my hands. My garden is definitely more productive this year. I wasn’t getting heavy harvests like this until much later in the season last year.