OK I do have another strawberry photo, but I'll spare you the repetition. It isn't any prettier than the one above. I'm happy to say I got 3.5 pounds of them this week. Not enough to freeze. Well not enough to freeze for winter, but I did make strawberry kefir sherbert and that was frozen.
It was another huge greens week. Not as big as last week, but still large. Next week a lot of greens will get their last picking and be pulled. Though one stops and another starts. The kohlrabi are almost ready to start picking. I've started picking the Chinese cabbage. And the first heads are just starting to form on the broccoli. What would I do without greens. I live on them at this time of the year.
I picked onions for the first time this year. I thinned out the bunching onions in the middle of the lettuces. I'll do more thinning soon. Sadly when I tried to eat the pea shoots I got mildly sick. Sigh. I was really hoping it was just the pea itself that did it. So my townhouse mates will have the joy of eating these this spring. Though they looked at me strangely when I said pea shoots. I told them they could be cooked or eaten raw. Just use them like they would use any of their other greens.
I picked some cilantro, parsley and dill. The dill got dried for the winter. I've decided this summer I want to keep a bouquet of parsley on my counter. It is easier than running out when my hands are full with cooking.
I'm almost at the 100 pound mark but not quite. And for one of my earliest years ever, I'm in the black this week. This is not just because my greens have done so well this spring. I track my expenses and the worth of what I harvest. Though the expenses aren't just what I bought this year. Really big expenses are amortized. I estimate how long things will last, but I'm not very good at determining that. I'm much more pessimistic than reality. Last year was the last of some of my expenses (bamboo poles and a bulk buy from the New England Organic Farmers Association), so this year my expenses were down quite a bit. 2014 had amortized expenses of $321. This year it was just $137. But whatever the reason I'm always happy to be in the black. I'd grow my vegetable garden anyway, but it nice to know a tomato doesn't cost $64.
And remember those radishes from last week? Well I took the German Giant off of the tally and tossed them in the compost. They are just not worth eating. I want to look forward to my food, not cringe at the thought of it.
- Alliums, 0.53 lbs
- Greens, 17.40 lbs
- Greens, Asian, 4.91 lbs
- Herbs, 0.88 lbs
- Roots 1.13 lbs
- Yearly total, 91.47 lbs, $42.79
- Strawberries, 3.50 lbs
- Fruit Yearly total, 8.09 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.