Monday, May 3, 2010

Harvest Monday - 3 May 2010

Spinach! Yes this is still my one and only harvest. I haven't been counting my chives, which I occasionally snip. I don't weigh them since the weight is so tiny. So I harvested over just over 8oz of spinach. I hope I keep getting harvests from this overwintered spinach as my spring spinach didn't come up well. But I'm guessing with our heat it will be bolting in no time flat.

Total incoming: $7.07
Total outgoing: $191.33
Grand Total: -$184.26

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 like to Mr Linky below.


  1. Spinach is our primary harvest item at the moment too, although we also have lettuces, kale, and asparagus. My spinach is not as robust as last year's patch also. I think I am going to give it a fish emulsion tea drench this coming weekend and see if I can kick it into better production - as I need to get my freezer supply in before the lot of it starts bolting in response to the ever lengthening days.

  2. The spinach looks good! I wish I'd overwintered more. Next year!

    I may need to try a fish emulsion drench, too, I have one area of spinach that is not doing much.

  3. Your spinach looks good- wish I had gotten in early enough to grow some! Next year!

  4. I get to join in this week! I got some parsnips to add for the year.

  5. Your spinach looks so good. I'm not having much success with my spinach so far this year.

    I did harves 1 quart of fresh dandelion flowers for danelion jelly!

  6. Daphne, the spinach looks great! I wish I had some. I guess I'll settle for peas and swiss chard. YUM! Have a great week!

  7. Overwintered spinach is a thing of beauty, isn't it? The warming temps have already started to do weird things to asian veggies.

    On a side note, I hope you've been boiling your water!

  8. It amazes me that spinach, which seems like such a fragile green, can survive your cold winters. It looks beautiful.

  9. The spinach looks good, love overwintered vegetables.
    I have not been outside to check on my veggies this morning, we had high winds, hail, and snow yesterday, 4 days of cold and wind non-stop, I feel like I'm living in zone 5/6 and not 7a.

  10. Here in Central Florida the winter fruit crops are just about done and the summer fruits are growing fast. Surinam cherries are ready now and they make a delicious snack right off the tree when working in the garden!

  11. Lovely spinach! I have no luck with spinach, for some reason or another it doesn't turn out. I'm glad your survived the winter and is feeding you week after week.

  12. Yum. I just used a whole batch of frozen chopped spinach, but we're hurting for greens apart from salad. I guess it's time to start more kale.

  13. That looks lovely for overwintered spinach. Mine is always rather tough and a bit bitter, but better than nothing at all. I'm always happy when my spring crop of sweet, mild tasting spinach has grown large enough to harvest.

    I don't weigh and count my herbs in the totals unless I snip a big bowl of them at once, like basil and parsley. Half the time I forget to weigh things like green onions and radishes, too.

  14. Daphne, thank you very much for that explanation on tomato polination few posts back - I appreciate it a lot. I guess I will have to wait to see the flowers before making any conclusions.

    Spinach looks great, I wish I had some...

  15. Ok... got to learn about this overwintering! Boy that spinach looks healthy and yummy!

    I have radishes sprouting! But will be a long while before we have anything to harvest!

  16. kitsapFG, which reminds me. I need to go out to pick the last kale and rip it up. It is going to bloom soon.

    henbogle, mine could probably use a drench, but I've never bought it, so can't.

    Taylor, I say that so many times. Next year. :> I hope to grow more overwintered spinach next year too. I really love it.

    The Mom, congrats

    Robin, My spring spinach is not doing well. I side dressed it today. I hope it perks up. I've never even heard of dandelion jelly before.

    Richard, peas and chard are pretty good too.

    Thomas, I bet. I wonder how mine are doing. They are hard to see hidden under their row cover. And yes I've been boiling water in the house on an almost 90 degree day (yesterday). I wonder how many didn't find out in time.

    michelle, it overwintered beautifully. Sadly the golden mache didn't. It looked like it had survived, but as soon as it hit the spring freeze thaw cycle it didn't :<. I want to try again at the new house. It will be warmer in a more urban area and closer to the ocean.

    Mac, ack hail. I hate when it hail in the garden.

    Grower Jim, those sound delicious.

    Angela, I find it pretty finicky myself. I can never get it to sprout unless I presprout the seed. And then some times it just won't grow.

    Stefaneener, I want my chard to get big enough to pick.

    Annie's Granny, I thought it was very tender. I do cook it. I don't often eat it uncooked. I love it cooked too much.

    vrtlarica, you're welcome. I save seed from most of mine.

    Toni, it could be hard in your zone to overwinter some things. But spinach can often be overwintered without protection in zone 5 (or so I've been told). With protection I'm sure it could be zone 4.

  17. All of my greens are beginning to bolt, so I am very envious of that spinach. I bet it was delicious!

  18. That wintered-over spinach looks very tasty. My spring spinach didn't come up in spots. What did you side-dress yours with?

  19. The spinach looks good. I forgot to photograph my harvest this week and it wasn't really mines since it was five or six potatoes from the last owners garden I came across as I dug the beds. We ate them tonight with dinner. :)

    Lettuce should be harvested this week.

  20. I wish that I had spinach like yours. Maybe mine will be ready to harvest in a week or two.

  21. I like cooked spinach better than fresh, too. I think it's more the texture than the taste that bugs me with fresh spinach. I've enjoyed following these harvest Monday posts for a while and finally have something to post, too :)

  22. We don't grow spinach but we do have swiss chard, which is similar and which also grows wild all over the place at the moment. My husband has rheumatoid arthritis (which is why we're in Spain lol) and apparently he's not supposed to eat spinach.

  23. Caffeinated Mom, It was.

    Sally, I put some organic 5-3-3 on. It was growing so slowly. I forgot to fertilize when I planted. The ones that were where the peas grew last year were doing fine, but the ones were the lettuce was growing are pretty tiny.

    Emily, Oh that has to count if you inherit a garden and harvest from it.

    KatieLovesDogs, I hope it is ready for you next week.

    Three Sisters, good luck with your new blog.

    Jan, I wonder why he was told not to eat spinach? Everything I've read about spinach says that it is good for the diseases that involve inflammation as it contains a lot of compounds that reduce it. Rheumatoid arthritis is on the list of diseases that spinach helps. But then again I'm not a doctor and haven't kept up with all the new research and such.

  24. The spinach looks wonderful, I got a late start this year - had alot going on (going through a divorce) but, nonetheless my plants seem to be doing good. Its not a harvest, just some pictures of how they are coming along, hope you dont mind. I love reading your blog, I am so happy that I came across it.

  25. Your spinach looks excellent. Always nice to be ahead of the leaf miner! My spinach is about to bolt so I should really pick the rest soon.