Monday, July 14, 2014

Harvest Monday, 14 July 2014

I picked the first two out of three cabbages this week. They are just small Early Jersey Wakefield cabbages. They are supposed to be about as fast as the Chinese cabbages I grow, but they take a lot longer. In previous years I had my rotations so they had to be pulled out too early. But this year I'm letting them size up. I do love coleslaw in the summer. And that sole zucchini . . .

Well it became chocolate zucchini muffins, 6 of them (Dave's recipe). And the other half was grilled last night.

Also on the grill were three onions. They aren't quite sized up yet as you can tell from the shape. But they are big enough. I plant way too many sweet onions every year. They only keep a couple of months if that. So I figured I'd start on them early this year. They are so good grilled. I didn't eat them all last night, but figured I wouldn't have trouble adding them to something - like maybe a sandwich.

I picked a lot of scallions too. I had to remove them to plant something else. So now I've got to figure out what to do with a ton of scallions.

The last two broccoli heads were picked. I still have one in the fridge. I hope those side shoots start up soon as I really like eating large quantities of broccoli.

The first few beans are trickling in. And wonders will never cease. I'm keeping up with the chard harvests. I harvested twice this week. I was thinking that chard sounded good and lo and behold, just four days after picking it, I could pick it some more. Chard grows so fast. I hope I keep picking it too. Chard is so much easier to deal with when there is 13 ounces. Where there are six pounds it just gets out of control.

And the spring carrot bed was cleared out. There were a handful of tiny and forked carrots that I tossed, but most of them were pretty decent. These need to last me about eight weeks before the next set of carrots start to ripen. Since they store so well, I divided them up so I wouldn't eat them all at the beginning. Or worse think that I don't want to eat them now because I'd miss having them later. Now every two weeks I know to finish that batch up. I find I've been eating carrot sticks most days for lunch along with turnips and kohlrabi sticks. Though I only have one kohlrabi left.

And on the fruit front it is mainly currants. They were planted last year, but still gave me a small batch to pick. I also eat a few raspberries here and there, but they never make it into the house. I ought to be eating the alpine strawberries. I noticed them the other day and they are all over. Maybe I'll get out to pick a few. The yellow ones are my favorite.

  • Alliums: 3.31 lbs
  • Beans: 0.11 lbs
  • Broccoli: 1.66 lbs
  • Carrots: 9.08 lbs
  • Greens: 4.73 lbs
  • Herbs: 0.04 lbs
  • Squash, Summer: 0.82 lbs
  • Weekly Total: 19.74 lbs
  • Yearly Total: 160.84 lbs
  • Yearly Tally: $7.72

  • Fruit
  • Currants: 0.48 lbs
  • Yearly total: 9.22 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.

29 comments:

  1. I love the variety of your harvest! Congratulations on the first cabbage and zucchini. I bet the muffins were delicious. The currents look so pretty.

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  2. I LOVE alpine strawberries! I have them at home (not the yellow ones, never tried those) but they never make it out of the garden as I always eat them right on the spot :) Your carrots and currants look wonderful, just asking to be eaten. And very nice sized cabbage and onions.

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  3. Marian (LondonUK)July 14, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Gosh! Your harvests are fantastic. Life matters made me slow to seed this year, but things are coming along. I am sure you are proud of the results of your planning and hard work, hope your family and friends are too!

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  4. I should grow Wakefield cabbages as I live in the Wakefield District. I lobe coleslaw too but did you eat the broccoli raw? It's delicious. Our whitecurrant doesn't produce much - what do you do with your harvested whitebucrrants?

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    1. I've just been eating them straight. They are sweeter than the red ones.

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  5. I have no where near the harvest you do. Waiting on tomatoes, cucumbers and beans to be ready. Quite a wait yet for squash.

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  6. I started using my sweet onions early too. And they are so good grilled. I put some on a pizza last week. I'm going to try dehydrating some this year since I know we can't use them all before the start to go bad. I'll freeze some too.

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  7. I never got any of my cabbage started this year (wouldn't germinate; don't know what the problem was), and seeing yours gives me a major craving for coleslaw.

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  8. I am continually impressed by the amount of produce you are able to grow in your yard. Your talent and dedication are great, indeed! You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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  9. Everything looks wonderful - What a nice big firm head of cabbage! I'm dying to dig up some onions, but being the first year of growing them, I really want to see how big they will get so I am holding myself back.

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  10. I have only grown storage onions but seeing everyone's sweet onions, I have to find a place to put some next year. Everything looks nice, particularly that head of cabbage.

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    1. And I forgot to add, I really, really like the new look of the blog and the quote. I tell our community gardeners all the time that gardening is nothing but optimism. You just have to be an optimist to garden.

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  11. Love the new header! Looks like you had nice harvests this week, as always. I still haven't harvested any cabbage, perhaps I should try that early variety. My spring planted ones seem to take too long and then don't form nice heads because of the heat. Your broccoli looks great, I could eat massive quantities of broccoli too. It's one of my favorite veggies.

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  12. What a perfect cabbage. It is so sweet when it is fresh, I wish I had gotten around to sowing it this year. I know what you mean about the chard, mine really got away from me and I harvested about 6 pounds of it last week and there's still a bunch left in the garden. I love it though. My alpine strawberries almost never make it out of the garden - gardener's nip!

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  13. Great harvest this week. I love the cabbage, I can't seem to get cabbage to grow well around our place. It just gets too hot too quickly. I plant some every year but between the heat and pests I'm lucky to get a harvest every 3 years.

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  14. Nice harvest, as always. Those muffins look yummy. I may need to make some soon!

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  15. I am hoping to get red currants next year. What will you do with them?

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    1. I just ate the pink ones. I froze the red ones and will have to figure out what I want. I'm not sure yet.

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  16. Oops.. realized I linked to last week's post. That's why I linked again.. sorry!

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  17. Fantastic harvest, rewards for all your hard work. I especially like those red and white currants. How will you enjoy them?

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  18. Oh, zucchini how I miss you. I am very jealous of your solo one.
    Beautiful currants, they look like jewels.

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  19. Sweet crunchy cabbage, yummmm! Hopefully someday I can manage to grow one or two.

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  20. Wow, cabbage! I can't grow mine this early or they bolt in the heat. Yours looks wonderful! And I still don't have a single zucchini, very far behind last year's production.

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  21. We are enjoying fresh cole slaw very much too! Your zucchini has ridges and mine doesn't. What kind is that? The onions and scallions look pretty. Nice harvest. Good job rationing the carrots! Nancy

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    1. Costata Romanesca. It isn't a bush type though. It tends to run a bit.

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  22. That is a very impressive harvest Daphne. My harvest for this week was one carrot and a handful of beans.

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  23. Grilled scallions are wonderful, especially dipped in a romesco sauce. Grilling them brings out a sweetness in the bulbs and softens them, giving them a great texture. It's a great way to use up a bountiful harvest.

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  24. Great harvest Daphne. Your cabbages have fared a great deal better than mine this year. And I can't believe you're clearing out your carrot bed. I haven't picked a single one of mine right. They are so slow this year it's driving me crazy. I have to figure out what's going on. I'll have to try out Dave's muffin recipe.

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