Well I expected my harvest to go down this week, but it was the biggest poundage week yet. This is not necessarily good. Last year my Chinese cabbage was harvested around the end of June. This year the Chinese cabbage didn't make it. It had started to bolt. I'm guessing it is because of the lack of rain around here. I do water the garden on occasion, but probably not as much as the plants want. And the Chinese cabbage is under a row cover. Though the row cover tends to keep in the humidity so the plants don't dry out as quickly, it also tends to shed the rain. Yes some gets through. It is porous, but I think not enough. I hand watered under my other row cover just a bit, but never under this one. Two of the Chinese cabbages had already flowered. The other had sent up the stalk but I felt it was still OK to eat. I tasted a bit of the leaves to make sure they tasted fine. Yup. At 1lb 11oz it added a lot to the total. At least I didn't miss out on all the Chinese cabbage. It is one of my favorite greens.
Chard really pulled its weight too. I have 8 1/2 plants. One plant was eaten to the ground in its youth and is just now starting to recover but not at a havestable stage yet. Usually I harvest by picking out one of the big leaves every week. When the leaves get big they start shading each other out so I pick them. Well the plants are picking up steam. I harvested once from each plant than later in the week harvested five of the strongest plants yet again. They gave me just over 14oz. I love chard.
I'm still harvesting lettuce. The Merveille de Quatre Saisons gets bitter when it doesn't get enough water. My Red Sails doesn't seem to care. The MQS was leaking tons of the white latexy stuff when cut. Usually the plants do this before they bolt. It makes them bitter. It did sweeten up a bit after it was soaked and refrigerated. It isn't bitter enough to throw away and actually tastes pretty good with my garlic scape dressing which is sweet. I'm thinking though that the plant isn't pulling its weight as well as the other reds though.
I keep harvesting chamomile every week. The harvests are all small, but it can keep up all summer long. Speaking of small harvests, my peas have started producing. OK only three peas last week, but this week is looking good.
The Asian greens are still coming on. I just couldn't eat them all and gave the Tyfon away to some friends. I've planted a succession of Komatusna and tatsoi. The newly planted tatsoi is getting eaten by the nasty little sow bugs. Bad sow bugs. I give them plenty of mulch to munch on but they pick my tatsoi instead. I think it will grow out of it however. I'm wondering if there are just too many sow bugs here and I should start trapping.
So here are the totals:
- Greens 3.36 lbs
- Herbs 0.04 lbs
- Alliums 0.16 lbs
- Peas 0.02 lbs
- Flowers 87
Weekly total: 5.24 lbs
Weekly spent: $2.61 (twine)
Yearly total: 16.44 lbs
Yearly earned: -$85.66