The list is looking much like last week. We’re out of the gold and Chiogga varieties of beets. There’s a whole other planting of beets that should be ready in a week or two, and while there are no gold beets in the second round, there will be plenty of Chioggas. This rain and cooler weather should refresh the greens, but it’s not good for the strawberries. There were plenty of berries over the weekend, but they may be damaged and slow to ripen this week. New on the list this week is red cabbage. There’s also frisee on the list this week. This endive is a frilly, bitter green that is cherished by some, and too bitter for most people. I do encourage people to try it, but this green is not for the faint of heart.
We’ll be planting a ton of plants this week: 1500 sweet potatoes, about 800 eggplant and peppers, a ton of winter squash and pumpkins, and a good amount of melons, okra, basil, summer squash, cucumbers and more sweet corn. This is the last big planting before the fall, which will be a huge relief and let us try to get caught up on weeding and making the field look good! We’ll continue to do small successions of plantings throughout the summer of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil with the goal of extending the season for the summer crops as long as possible.