Not a lot, mind you, but enough to get us really hankering for more. I have two kinds of strawberry plants – Fort Laramie, which is an everbearing variety, & an unknown June bearing variety that was given to me by a neighbour. I started this strawberry bed late last summer, so this is the 1st year that it is producing. So far, only the Fort Laramie has given us a few ripe berries; the other variety is flowering, but it will likely be a couple of weeks before we start seeing any of its berries.
|Fort Laramie Strawberries|
Also, I noticed that a lot of the berries were a bit sunken on the top:
|Berry with Sunken Neck|
Next up on the harvest list is radishes. Last harvest Monday, I talked about the bunch of red radishes I had harvested that grew much better than last year. This past week, I harvested the last two red radishes plus one of the icicle radishes – unfortunately, it is the only one that seems to be bulbing up – just like last year. I pulled another icicle radish, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything below the surface of the soil. As you can see, I wasn’t:
|Long White Icicle Radishes|
The swollen root portion of the radish on the left is about 5" long;
on the right is where all the other icicle radishes are at....sigh
I transplanted the chives a month or so ago, so I didn’t have as many chive blossoms as usual. But I had just enough to make a small batch of chive blossom vinegar, something I have wanted to do for a long time, but just never got around to it.
|Chive Blossom Vinegar|
This is the first time I'm making it so I have no idea if I will even like it. It will be ready in about 2 weeks – can’t wait for the big taste test! I forgot to weigh the chive blossoms before I made the vinegar, so they are not included in the harvest totals.
The lettuce is still going strong and I harvested the remaining heads of Rougette de Montpellier. I’m not going to be growing this variety again - I’m not as fond of its taste compared to the other varieties and its yield is also significantly less.
|Marvelous Medley of Lettuce|
Last on the harvest list this week was pak choi. It is still doing well with no signs of bolting. Our weather has not been very hot in the last week & I am using a shade cloth over the lettuce, which is right beside the pak choi, so it also gets some shade during the day. I’m thinking that these two factors are helping to keep the pak choi & lettuce producing.
My harvest totals this week were:
Strawberries – 90 grams (0.20 lbs)Chinese cabbage – 536 grams (1.18 lbs)
Radishes – 38 grams (0.08 lbs)
Lettuce – 992 grams (2.19 lbs)
Total For Week – 1,656 grams (3.65 lbs)
Total To Date – 7,554 grams (16.65 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…☺