I was hoping for a good raspberry harvest photo for you, but they are still ramping up. I did get raspberries, but only a small handful that were eaten before a photo was taken. At least a few were weighed. I've given my Realtor permission to pick any when she sees them for two reasons. First is because they need picking every two days to not lose any raspberries and I doubt I'll be back that often. I've experimented with picking every three days and you loose some to rot. Second, she has memories of going to her Grandmother's house as a kid and gorging herself on raspberries. Her eyes just lit up with happiness. And I like the image of my perfectly coiffed and put together RE Agent picking raspberries all made up. I'm so not that person. I wear very few things where I can't run out to garden at the drop of a hat and get dirty. I might wear skirts 90% of the time, but they are all cotton wash and wear type skirts.
This week was my big scape week. I harvested over 6 oz of them. I grow about four dozen garlic plants every year which I've found is a bit too much. I like garlic, but I also like garlic powder. Maybe this year I'll make some for the first time.
I had more salad turnips. This time I picked them small. I liked the large one since it was about the same weight as all theses small ones all combined, but I'm afraid they might turn woody in the heat or worse bolt. And I do weigh them without the greens since I don't eat turnip greens. I know some do, but I haven't yet.
The Yakatta-Na was still not showing any signs of bolting. I picked another head. I'm really liking this green. I'm going to go back this week and see if they held up through our hot 90F weather we had for a few days. It was hot enough to melt our new driveway. If it can hold up through that it will be grown every summer.
I picked a bit of lettuce and mizuna for my salads. I was letting the last two Freckles and Paris Island stay though. I wanted to see which one bolted first. Well I went back on Saturday and Freckles is bolting first. I'm liking the texture of Paris Island better too. I like the crunch of that romaine. Freckles is pretty but most of its leaves just aren't substantial enough for me.
The big harvest of the week were the snap peas. I turned a lot into pickled peas which I served at my housewarming party. They got a lot of compliments. Now I need to throw some more into the brine for some for me. I eat them on burgers and I use them in my salads.
As for spending money, I got my composter from the city of Cambridge. They sold the one I wanted for $50 and they didn't care that I wasn't a Cambridge resident. It is being amortized over 10 years. I figure this year anything I buy that will last will get amortized. I've got a little spreadsheet that lets me put that in and adds it automatically to my tally. It tells me the year that it expires so I can remove it at the right time.
And as a side note. I'm shocked and delighted that Harvest Monday is taking off so much. I figured it would top out at 20 people each week during the summer, but it is still growing. Last week went over thirty. It is fun to see everyone's harvest, but it is a little overwhelming to keep up with every week. I've switched to not responding to everyone's comments since most are just nice harvest comments, which I love, but don't really require a response. A comment that requires a response, like a question, will get one still, never fear. But the real thing I want to try to keep up with is visiting all the links.
- Alliums 0.36 lbs
- Berries 0.07 lbs
- Green 0.90 lbs
- Peas 1.55 lbs
- Turnips 0.05 lbs
- Spent this week: $5
- Total harvested this week 2.92 lbs
- Total for the year 19.09 lbs
- 2010 Tally -$200.53
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.