Yes! I had lots of harvests this week. The first was some overwintered carrots and bunching onions that I had to pick to clear out the bed for the fava beans. Most weren't huge carrots. Some I even had to toss as too small to be worthwhile, but I got a lot. I also still had some carrots saved from last fall in the fridge. I did a taste test on them both. The fall carrots were a tad bitter but still good. They were full of flavor. The spring carrots were very sweet but a little insipid. They didn't have the rich home grown carrot flavor. They didn't even have the supermarket flavor. Now don't get me wrong they were still good, just a bit bland. All in all neither of them won the taste off. It was too much like comparing apples and oranges.
The kale is fine staying in its bed for quite some time, but the weird hot weather was starting to make them bolt. Not to mention the cabbage butterflies made an appearance. So they won't last whatever happens. I pulled out the bolting ones, which was pretty much all the kale except the Red Russian and some unknown green variety that looks like Red Russian.
The other harvest in the basket was cilantro. I have three beds of cilantro. This is one of them, the only one that gets to stay in perpetuity. I'm thinking of having the main cilantro bed be in the strip along the wall. In the back will be a row of sunflowers and in the front some sweet alyssum or other low growing flower. I would like a permanent bed for it since it reseeds itself so well. And maybe by the rock wall it will over winter like it has done here. I cut back about half of the cilantro. I cut back a strip along the back where I'll seed the sunflowers and along the side where I'll eventually rip the roots out and stir the soil. I think a later crop will start growing if I do that. There are still a lot of seeds in that soil. I'll never get a summer crop here. It is hot along the wall. But I'm OK with that as summer crops are impossible anyway. I think the over wintered crop will go to seed early and maybe I'll get a fall crop again. I'm hoping. The huge harvest was mostly frozen for summer use.
- Bunching Onions 0.53 lbs
- Carrots 5.46 lbs
- Kale 2.44 lbs
- Cilantro 1.54 lbs
- Weekly total 9.96 lbs
- Yearly total 13.18 lbs
- Tally -$523.42
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.