Well, the time for lettuces is past. Most of them were eaten by the deer, but the few that were left have bolted. The spinach has bolted, and gone to seed. The radishes, too, have gone to seed.
All of which is very exciting to me. You see, I purchased all heirloom plants this year with great plans to save the seed. I am anxious to see if I will be able to figure out all the ins and outs of seed gathering and saving. The book that has become my reference on this subject is entitled "Seed Sowing and Saving" by Carole B. Turner. Thankfully, it has pictures as well as instructions!
I like thinking of the "vegetannual" example in the book "Vegetable, Animal, Miracle" by Barbara Kingslover . As the leafy vegetables die out, tender young vegetables that fruit on the vine start to come into their season. Look at our very first harvest of squash! We picked just as many two days later!
Isn't that gorgeous? Yummmmm - I look forward to using squash in a diverse number of recipes.
The tomatoes are still green. The corn is showing tassels:
And we're still fighting the deer.