While I as at my old house, I removed the cover to the brassica bed. I figured everything would be bolting in the heat. It does look a little like that doesn't it? My Chinese cabbage is not bolting, but it isn't growing well either so I don't have high hopes. The broccoli is getting bigger, but still not doing well. I pull the bolting Fun Jen and tatsoi. I pulled the bolting Komatsuna which I kept to eat as it looked quite good.
I was most interested in the new vegetables that I was growing. My Senposai looked beautiful. It showed no signs of bolting at all. It was growing quite well. I harvested the bigger leaves. Sadly when I had them for dinner last night they weren't great. The taste was just fine, but they were a bit tough. Not all of my experiments work out well. If I had chickens it would be a great thing to grow as it is very prolific and I'm sure the chickens would love it.
The best of the growth was on my Yakatta-Na. I'd never heard of this before seeing it in the Fedco catalog. So of course I was curious and had to plant it. Well it was slow early in the spring, but with the heat it really took off. The taste is fairly typical of the Asian greens, not much to make it stand out from a bok choy. It was mild with a bit of mustard taste. But it wasn't bolting at all. And it has been quite warm. Every single plant held in the heat. Maybe I can grow this in the summer here? I could still grow the green stemmed bok choy and tatsoi, but this seems to hold even better.
Also in the bed was a fabulous turnip. Just one. I forgot to sow them when I should have so they were planted way too late. I figured none of the would make it. This one was about an inch and a half in diameter and oh yummy. I love sweet salad turnips. A few more are starting to bulb. I just can't believe that I got any of them this year. And maybe, just maybe I might get more.
The chard was really taking off too. I kept it in the brassica bed under the cover because it would keep the leaf miners off when I wasn't there. It worked. I picked tons. Since I harvested so much that day, I decided to blanch it all and freeze it for the winter. I've been woefully bad this year at saving things, but I think with this big chard bed I'll get a lot until the house is gone.