Pushing Rocks Uphill

Man, this season has not been easy.

I’m used to abandoning crops that got lost in weeds or just didn’t turn out right. This is normal for a veggie grower. But this year, a person can do everything right and end up with a bad crop. The vegetable will end up stunted or misshapen – just not good enough.

A great example, I thought that I’d have some good cauliflower in the box by now. Planted at the right time, well fertilized, well cultivated and weeded. Irrigating through drip tape didn’t overcome the drought and the darn heat overstressed the plants.

But there are times that I’m surprised like this week’s Alpine daikon radish and cucumbers. Boom! Cucumbers were just flying off the vine and into crates. The radishes sized up beautifully. Thank God for these little wins. It’s what we need to buoy our spirits, but we need to keep our eyes open to look out for them.

In the box:

  • Sweet Corn: It ain’t pretty 🙂 See stunted produce above.
  • Bunch of Carrots
  • Alpine Daikon Radish: I do recommend doing a short pickling with carrots – https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/vietnamese_daikon_and_carrot_pickles/
  • White or Red Potatoes
  • Mix of Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes: First of the ‘slicing’ tomatoes, but certainly an early varity that’s pretty small. We won’t see big slices coming off these.

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