Monday, July 7, 2014

Harvest Monday, 7 July 2014

I hauled in what might be the last of the lettuce for a while. I have been doing my succession sowing, but the reality is that the smaller lettuce is looking a bit sad after five days in the 90s. And we have more hot weather predicted for this week as well. But I'll keep trying for my summer lettuce. My next batch has a lettuce called Summertime which is supposed to do well in the heat. Obviously I should have that in there now.

I had several baskets about broccoli, fava beans, and snap peas. The snap peas really needed to be picked every couple of days to keep up with them. Oh my they were good. I even brought about four pounds over to my hostess on July Fourth. She had lost all her peas to the rabbits. So she was very happy to have them.

Did you notice in that last basket? There are two little zucchini. I missed fertilizing them (by hand as the plants are under a row cover right now). But when I checked the flowers were dying, so I figured I ought to pick them tiny.

I had two days of chard harvests. The first was to tame the chard patch that was threatening a prison break from its row cover. It was mostly frozen for winter. The second much smaller harvest was for fresh eating. I could have picked twice as much. I'm always shocked at how fast chard can grow if it rains.

I picked a couple of pounds of the spring carrots and some turnips. This week I'll have to take out the rest of the carrot patch because I need to put my fall cabbages there. I still have a LOT in the ground - or at least I think I do. But they store well. And they have been very good this year.

And last but not least is my fruit. The gooseberries were getting ripe so I picked them all. Some of it was used in a couple of gooseberry pies, but I still have some in the fridge. I'm thinking of canning them for pies in the fall and winter. If I can them with the right amount of sugar it ought to be really easy to toss a pie together. I hadn't thought of doing that before, but it seems like a nice way to go. And in addition to gooseberries, I picked a handful of raspberries about every other day. They went into my morning smoothies. They are petering out about now, but will come on again in the fall.

  • Alliums: 0.19 lbs
  • Beans: 5.35 lbs
  • Broccoli: 7.24 lbs
  • Carrots: 2.14 lbs
  • Greens: 13.08 lbs
  • Herbs: 0.24 lbs
  • Peas: 6.95 lbs
  • Roots: 1.18 lbs
  • Squash, Summer: 0.13 lbs
  • Weekly Total: 36.49 lbs
  • Yearly Total: 141.28 lbs
  • Yearly Tally: $-36.02

  • Fruit
  • Gooseberries: 5.35 lbs
  • Raspberries: 0.14 lbs
  • Weekly total: 5.49 lbs
  • Yearly total: 8.74 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.


  1. I love the broccoli and snap peas! Those are two things that are difficult to grow here in spring. I need to dig some carrots too, but I believe they are doing ok staying in the ground a bit longer.

  2. That's awesome broccoli. Is that Arcadia? I so, I have to try that next year. The Bay Meadow I planted is just sitting there.

    1. I planted two varieties. The bigger one is Arcadia, the smaller Fiesta. Both are doing pretty well.

  3. Awesome broccoli, peas and those yummy carrots! Everything looks so amazing.

  4. Your garden exploded in growth this week too! Your broccoli looks wonderful and the peas too. I can't believe the chard and look at those perfect carrots! I hope mine gain some size to them soon.

  5. Wow, it did explode fast huh? Awesome. I don't think we can get broccoli growing down these parts but I sure love it. And can honestly say I've never had a gooseberry!

  6. Your broccoli heads are amazing, I will need to look into Arcadia and Fiesta for the future.

  7. I remember how fast plants (and weeds) would grow during the early summer in New England. They knew winter was coming. "Set seed and die," the motto.

  8. Beautiful gooseberries.

    I an grow beans with no trouble, but have failed time and again to grow peas. Very strange...

  9. I've never had the opportunity to try a gooseberry but they look amazing. Maybe I should add that to my experiment list!

  10. Wow, 7 pounds of broccoli and nearly as many peas, that's awesome.

  11. Gorgeous harvests, as usual. I especially love the carrots and turnips - I'm dying for some colour to come out of the garden right now. Other than the strawberries, I'm still all green..

  12. Holy cow! What a week! Beautiful harvest, makes my little 6 pound harvest look pretty pitiful!

  13. That Broccoli looks great. And the carrots too. Something I can't seem to grow well.

  14. Nice varied harvest, wish I can say the same about my gooseberries, I'm thinking about removing them to free up some space for other less thorny plants.

  15. You're harvesting very similar things to us

  16. I blanched some chard as you had done in a previous post, worked out great, thanks! I started broccoli (and other brassicas) indoors and have just transplanted them outside. Mine always bolt in the hot summers here - yours looks fantastic!

  17. I've had gooseberry pie a few times and it is fantastic. Last weekend I nearly bought a gooseberry plant at the farmers market but first I want to see how many hours of sunlight the plant will get. 5+ pounds is pretty good. Was that from one plant?

  18. I am happy with my little harvest until I see yours! LOL I need to try to plant some more lettuce too and a little swiss chard. Our raspberries are starting to come on nicely now. Hot here too and humid. Nancy

  19. Your broccoli looks so perfect! I've never had gooseberries, but you can't go wrong with pie. I need to get my fall broccoli and cabbage started too. Not sure where I'm going to put them.

  20. I'm so jealous of your gooseberries. And I can't believe you still have lettuce. Mine were lost weeks ago. I'm gonna have to look for a bolt/biter resistant variety next year. I've actually never grown snap peas before but will have to put them on my seed list next year.

  21. Great looking harvests. I've always wanted to try gooseberries. I remember seeing them on my uncle's farm when I was young. They always looked intriguing yet not overly edible ;)