I know many of you saw this earlier. I just couldn't get over how well my broccoli has done this year. I guess it was just the perfect weather. I picked it all before the heat wave hit. Fiesta is a really nice variety for me. The only issue is that all the heads had to be picked at the same time. They don't hold on the plant. When they need to be picked, they need to be picked right then. The heads averaged a pound and a half each which is better than any other variety I've had. The Windsor for previous weeks averaged about a pound.
I also picked all the Michihili cabbage before the heat hit. I took it apart outside because of all the bugs in it. I wanted to do the preliminary wash with the hose. I grew two since I loved them so much last year. This year the flavor isn't as fabulous. Still good, but not to die for. Even after trimming all the damage off, they produced nine pounds in just six square feet and in less than half our growing season. So I can't complain about production. Well except maybe too much production.
Then the strawberries. Sadly I'm finding I might have trouble eating strawberries too. Dang it. Gardeners shouldn't be plagued with food intolerances. Well I see my doctor today. So I guess I'll find out.
Friday I had a bit of excitement as I picked the first of the blueberries and gooseberries ever from the yard. Whoohoo! Subsequent blueberries were eaten out of hand. But I had to take a photo of them first.
I planted too much chard. I planted too much chard. I planted too much chard. I swear I didn't plant any more than last year. But still way too much. It is so happy. I think it liked the heat too. I have all I need frozen. So I kept one pound for my use this week. I gave a pound to my townhouse mates. That left seven pounds to give away. My initial neighborhood mailing list gave me no takers. So I expanded to a couple other friends that I thought might want it. I finally got one. I hope she takes it all.
And as I thought, I went positive on Wednesday June 20th. The earliest year ever. It has just been a phenomenal greens year for me. I'm at 142 lbs of greens harvested already. That is just huge. And yes a lot has been given away or frozen for the future. There is no way I could eat that much.
And as I missed Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard, I'll post a couple of my meals here. This was lunch. It featured tuna salad with some pickled peas on a homemade bun. The coleslaw as made with my Chinese cabbage, carrots, Japanese turnips and the last of the radishes.
Last night's dinner was a saute of Chinese cabbage, carrots, onions, and Japanese turnips from the garden with scallops on top. The sides were my garden broccoli and some homemade rosemary and olive oil bread with rosemary and other herbs from the garden.
- Alliums 0.52 lbs
- Broccoli 7.95 lbs
- Carrot 0.66 lbs
- Greens 24.66 lbs
- Peas 3.39 lbs
- Turnips 0.48 lbs
- Weekly total 37.66 lbs
- Yearly total 191.62 lbs
- Tally 76.74
- Strawberries 0.8 lbs
- Blueberries 0.04 lbs
- Gooseberries 0.18 lbs
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.