Tuesday's harvest was the start of several new things I was harvesting this week. Now the cilantro I picked should have been picked sooner. Sometimes things just get overlooked in the garden. I picked more later in the week, but forgot to weigh or photograph it. Expect that from a lot of the herbs and probably the celery. Unless I'm making a larger harvest I'll probably not worry about the small bits here and there.
Wednesday's harvest contained several new harvests and it was huge so had multiple photos. The first up is the monstrous Chinese cabbage. The smaller one on the right is a normal sized 2 pound cabbage. But the big one that I showed you earlier in the week was over 5 pounds. These are the first and only spring Chinese cabbages this year. So they were much anticipated.
But the above basket I was dancing about. I love broccoli. This contains three heads of broccoli totaling just over a pound. This is the best I've ever done with broccoli before. This variety is Packman and will produce a lot of side shoots too. In addition I have two other kinds that will form heads later. Also new in this basket is my first celery harvest. Right now the ribs are pretty small, but they and the leaves are very flavorful. And loved but put in the bottom was my first dill harvest of the year.
Friday's harvest was also a first and a much anticipated harvest. It was my garlic scapes. I grow both hardnecks and softnecks, but only hardneck garlic gives scapes. Softnecks can, but only will if very stressed. So far I've had scapes in salad dressing, in a stir fry, and my favorite in a grilled pizza. Yum.
Now I had been picking lettuce a couple times a week as I needed it, but on Saturday I had to clear out half the lettuce bed to put in the summer lettuce. So the harvest was just huge. That pile is not quite four pounds of mixed lettuce. I tossed a lot of it at my townhousemates and they made it into a huge salad for a party they were going to. But I have plenty in the fridge for the coming week.
Last Harvest Monday I was anticipating my snowpea harvest as the plants were in full bloom. Technically I haven't had a harvest, but the reality is that peas have been eaten, but they have yet to make it inside to photograph or weigh.
- Alliums 0.52 lbs
- Broccoli 1.07 lbs
- Greens 13.06 lbs
- Herbs 0.21 lbs
- Turnips 0.74lbs lbs
- Weekly Total 15.61 lbs
- Yearly Total 51.74 lbs
- Weekly spent $0
- Still in the hole $-335.90
So far this garden has produced amazing amounts of food. It is about two to three times the size of my last garden (570sqft here, about 230sqft at the old house), but my yearly total is 51.74lbs (so my old garden producing the same would have been at 20lbs). Last year at this time I was only at 10.20lbs. The year before I was at 12.98. So far this garden is 70% more productive than my last one. I wonder if it is the heat the garden gets. It is surrounded by asphalt on one side and a brick path on the other. Do close houses reflect the light? My house is light yellow and my neighbor's is white. Is it the nice soil instead of the heavy clay at my old house? Whatever the reason, I'm amazed at how much better things grow here.
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.