June 21 – We Picked Lettuce Today!

View of our plot June 2013

View of our plot June 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve been to our plot. We had gotten an email from Stephanie letting us know that many of us had squash, lettuce, radishes, cauliflower and broccoli ready to pick and that our tomatoes and peppers needed additional stringing. She also said that weeding around our plants would help them grow and stay healthy.

nibbled lettuce

Who has been nibbling on our lettuce?

So we stopped by the stand and got the string, a wooden pole and scissors; also a couple of bags for our produce. The tomato and pepper plants had really grown. Peering deeper into the plants we saw many green tomatoes. Deer or rabbits had been nibbling at some of our lettuce plants, and there was a huge head of romaine  that we uprooted and put in our bag. Dill and parsley looked good. Our melon plants had blooms and several little melons.

After showing my daughters and their friend how to tell what was a weed and what was not a weed (onion stalks look a little like grass!), we all got to work cleaning up our plot.

Properly staked tomatoes

Properly staked tomatoes

Next we tackled the stringing of the tomatoes and peppers. There was a plot nearby  adjacent to the garden plot area where the tomatoes had already been strung, so we studied it for a bit, then strung our plants. We tied the string to the first stake and used the wooden pool with attached string to weave around the sides of the plants, making sure to catch all the branches. We then tied the string to the next stake and ran the string back to the first stake. Not bad! Two more to go.

Our tomatoes after stringing.

Our tomatoes after stringing.

We picked up our pulled weeds, full bag of lettuce, and went back to the stand. We picked out some nice red tomatoes to go with our lettuce, and the girls insisted on getting some peaches and cherries. Seconds after we were on the road, the girls were eating the cherries and tossing the seeds out the window!

Our pepper plants.

Our pepper plants.

From farm to table – we had a fresh salad with dinner tonight!

A sign of good things to come...

A sign of good things to come…

Can't wait til they turn red!

Can’t wait til they turn red!

My helpers walking back to the stand.

My helpers walking back to the stand.

Mmmm... the cherries are delicious!

Mmmm… the cherries are delicious!

fresh Romaine salad

Fresh romaine and fresh tomato salad. From farm to table…