Monday, September 23, 2013

Harvest Monday, September 23, 2013

This week I harvested a patch of my Asian greens. I've got two more like it to harvest at younger stages, one of which will be ready to harvest by next week. And one patch that I sowed this week. I don't know if the last one will be ready before it is too cold for them to grow, but I've got my fingers crossed.

I had one of my typical summer harvest baskets with the addition of a few peas.

I picked and shelled a lot of dried beans. This is all the shelled beans so far this year. As you can see I grew a lot of Trail of Tears black beans this year. The large jars are quart jars. Black beans are probably my favorite beans. I eat them in salads, as beans and rice (Gallo Pinto), in tortillas with squash, and in soups. I probably overdid them, but dried beans will keep just fine for a couple of years if I don't get through them this year. The next two beans are Mexican Pinto and Tiger Eye. Last year I didn't grow pinto beans. Not being able to eat tomatoes and peppers, Mexican food is not on my list of things I eat anymore (sadly, as it was my favorite ethnic comfort food). But I've found I still like tortillas with cheese, refried beans, and cilantro. I probably won't make it often, but I will make it.
  • Beans 4.49 lbs
  • Broccoli 0.24 lbs
  • Cucumbers 2.54 lbs
  • Asian Greens 9.28 lbs
  • Peas 0.10 lbs
  • Zucchini 0.06 lbs
  • Weekly Tally 17.24 lbs
  • Yearly Tally 358.17 lbs, $659.35

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.

20 comments:

  1. Beans look great! Trail of Tears is a pole bean, right? How many of it did you grow?

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    1. I grew an 8'x4' bed. I don't think it is a very efficient way to grow them though as they shade one another and the middle rows get practically no sun at all. But I'll find out at the end of the season. I'll see if the yield is very low or about the same.

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  2. Oh man, I know I would "survive" not being able to eat tomatoes and chiles, but as a New Mexican, it would be an incredibly challenging transition. It still amazes me that what you've gone through is a thing...I get it, but it still boggles my mind.

    Anyhow, the beans are gorgeous! I would love to figure out how to squeeze some more beans in our garden...maybe I'll try to plant them under the fruit trees again next summer...

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  3. 9+ pounds of Asian greens, that's a lot, how do you use them? Jealous of you cucumbers, I lost my cucumber plants few weeks ago.

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    1. I grill them with a bit of olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. I did a terriyaki stir fry. They are great chopped in salads too, but I haven't made a salad in a while. I ought to. I chop them into fried rice. I had some in soup.

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  4. I'm really amazed at your quantities of beans. It does make sense to grow things that store so well, and I think shelling beans is so relaxing.

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  5. Your greens look so good. I am not going to have much of a greens harvest his fall. My plants are not growing very fast. Love the jars of beans.

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  6. My only beans for drying this year are an old-fashioned variety called "Veitch's". They are not ready yet because they seemed to get off to a very slow start. I love the Cherokee Trail of Tears beans too - I still have a few left from last year.

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  7. Wow look at all those pretty greens. I did not prepare well for fall produce, so many activities and stuff going on it was hard to keep up! Your beans look so lovely too!!!!

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  8. Great looking beans, I've wanted to try dried beans for years but they never seem to find a spot in my garden. Maybe next year? Your greens are looking great!!

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  9. Your greens look awesome! Just beautiful! Love those dried beans too, very inspirational!

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  10. I can't grow legumes on my rooftop, but your Tiger Eye beans will be one of my first thing to try when I finally will have the chance to use my garden

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  11. It is nice to see greens again, yours are beautiful. I'm still waiting for mine

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  12. An impressive harvest of greens and what an example of extending the garden harvest into the fall.

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  13. Beautiful greens, I'll have to copy you and start covering up my greens, too many cabbageworms in my garden this year.

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  14. Like everyone else, I am jealous of your Asian greens. I tried bok choy this spring and it bolted almost instantly.

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  15. I can't wait to dry my own beans this summer!

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  16. I'm determined that this year I will grow lots of beans for drying. They are one of the few foods the whole family likes and yet I always seemed to get seduced by eggplants and chillies and grow too many of them instead.

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  17. It all looks really tasty, Daphne.

    I hope you keep harvesting long into the fall.

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