The Week of Broccoli & Cauliflower

This week, a few heads of broccoli and cauliflower have been picked.  I must say, I’m pretty happy with the Snow Crown cauliflower.  The curds are very large and it seems like this is a much easier variety to grow than the old Snowball X that I grew before.

This is the first one that was picked just a few days ago.  This weight about two pounds!

Snow Crown Cauliflower

And here is the second one that was just harvested yesterday – along with a HUGE Premium Crop Broccoli.

Snow Crown Cauliflower & Premium Crop Broccoli

Here is the other view of the large broccoli head:

Premium Crop Broccoli

Speaking of broccoli, a Premium Crop broccoli was also picked a few days ago as well from the side garden.  This one isn’t very large and came in just over a pound.  I think it is because the one below was spaced 12 inches apart amongst the other broccoli and cauliflower – whereas the one above was seprated by about two feet.

Premium Crop Broccoli

In addition to broccoli & cauliflower, we had quite a few Easter Egg radishes that were ready to be picked as well.

Easter Egg Radishes

You can see what they weighed here:

Easter Egg Radishes

We’ve also picked several more stalks of celery in the past week – including two more yesterday.  The temperatures have been extremely HOT around here – around 95 degrees.  We’re finally in for a bit of a cool-off this weekend where it will be about 80.  But, celery simply cannot tolerate the heat (much like lettuce) and I need to start getting all of this pulled out before it goes bad.

As mentioned, we’ve also had a lot of lettuce.  Last Saturday, I went out in the morning and got well over another two pounds of lettuce.  That seems to be the ritual now – got out once a week and pick some lettuce.  Here is all the lettuce plants currently:

Lettuce Plants

You can see the basil in the front there is beginning to get larger as well with the increase in the temperatures lately.

Below shows the whole patio garden with the peppers, lettuce, and radishes.  I’ve staked up a couple of radishes because they are blooming and they will provide me seed for next year.

Patio Garden

Just on the opposite side of this picture is the watermelon bed where three Crimson Sweeet watermelon were planted and some Bush Blue Lake 274 beans.  They are coming along well.

Crimson Sweet Watermelon

And just behind that is the side garden.  Because of the high temperatures, the peas have not been putting on any flowers.  I certainly hope we get more peas since we only have about three pounds for the year (a bit less than that).  But, these Cascadia Snap Peas are by far my favorite now – they are very sweet and tasy – and you can eat the pods!

Side Garden

Turn 90-degres and we have the back garden.  The potatoes are really growing and have almost taken over my walkway!  This week, I also transplanted the two Burpee Pickler and three H-19 Little Leaf Pickling cucumbers to the back garden – although you certainly cannot see them in this mess of plants!

Back Garden

Over on the driveway, the carrots are still growing.  The potatoes in the potato bed are doing just as well as those in the back as well.

Carrot Bed

Going to the front yard, the day lillies have been in full flower mode.

Day Lillies

And the grape vines are starting to fill out the grapes a bit.


In the flower bed, a few broccoli plants remain along with some onions and a cauliflower plant.  I’m thinking that I’ll be planting more green beans here over the weekend.

Flower Bed Garden

So that just leaves the front garden where there are onions, celery, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and corn.

Celery & Onions

Three of the California Wonder pepper plants are not doing well and most likely will not produce – but at least there still are five in good shape.

California Wonder Pepper

And all of the tomatoes – Best boy, Better Boy, Roma, and Red Cherry Tomato – are doing very well.

Tomato Plants

And lastly, the Honey Treat corn.  At least about 26 of the 45 corn that I planted a week ago have sprouted – but there still are gaps.  So, that means I’ll be planting more corn soon too.

Honey Treat corn