More small but significant garden harvests

From our home garden came another half-pound of radishes, romaine and Bibb lettuces, and from our community garden, we got a number of big turnips! It’s quite cool, but as my daughter and I struggled to free the turnips from the ground, it occurred to me that I don’t know exactly what to do with them. Chop them up and put them in a salad? Surely, there’s more that could be done. I’ll find out! It should be fun to explore the possibilities.

Turnips! (And car keys for scale)
Turnips! (And car keys for scale)

The purple beans from our community garden plot are not quite ready yet. In a week or two I think they’ll be ready to harvest. Pea pods are growing quite nicely there as well. While the tomatoes we planted earlier in the season are doing all right, the late additions don’t seem to be doing so well. But they did get planted a bit too late. But hey, they were free! Ditto the melons. A bit more direct light and they might actually have been something.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.