Harvest Monday - June 22, 2015
This is the final week of school for my kids, which is always a hectic time. Even so, I have been able to do quite a lot of work in the garden & am finally getting around to mulching the paths in my main garden bed area. I have so many different things on the go in the garden right now and have started a few update posts, but it's been difficult to find the time to finish them up. I'll have to do a push this week to get at least one or two posted.
I also did a lot of harvesting over this past week & I’m so happy that the greens have finally started to flow. No lettuce yet – I suppose I could have harvested some baby lettuce leaves, but I had plenty of other greens to tide us over, so I decided to leave them. The harvest on those will start this coming week.
The first harvest of NCK came out of the garden this week.
I also harvested quite a bit of Russian Kale:
White Russian (left); Red Russian (right)
Up next are the baby choy. This variety is Green Fortune.
|Green Fortune Baby Choy|
I harvested about half of the choy, just barely enough for a meal. My harvest would have been quite a bit larger had it not been for all of the chewed up leaves I had to remove. And I think that this is the critter responsible:
|Mystery Choy Muncher|
Looks huge in the photo, but is only about 1/8" long
I also harvested the first of the tatsoi. It was also a bit munched, but nowhere near as bad as the baby choy. I actually think that their damage was most likely slug related.
More strawberries came out of the garden. Connie’s variety is just starting to produce – I kind of like the fact that I have an earlier bearing variety and one that starts a bit later.
|Fort Laramie (left); Connie's (right)|
Also harvested this past week but not photographed was some spinach. No sooner had I said that the existing plants looked ok, then they started to bolt. I harvested and pulled all of the bolting plants and am now left with a couple of Space & Renegade plants that are still looking ok...I know I'm jinxing things here ;)
My harvest totals this week were:
Chinese Greens – 294 grams (0.65 lbs)
Kale – 2,532 grams (5.58 lbs)
Scapes – 510 grams (1.12 lbs)
Spinach – 386 grams (0.85 lbs)
Strawberries – 1,576 grams (3.47 lbs)
Total for Week – 5,298 grams (11.68 lbs)
Total to Date – 12.69 kg (27.97 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…
Nice stuff rolling in, Margaret. Impressive kale weight, when you think it's mostly leaves. Love the scapes too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Will - and to think that over 3 lbs of that was from the Siberian kale of which I only have 3 plants!Delete
I might have to plant the white version of Russian kale next year. The purple is pretty though. I wish I could help you with your beetle, but I've never seen it before. Mine has been slowing down.ReplyDelete
If they both looked the same, I would likely only plant the White Russian, but the purple is so pretty and the difference in taste is so slight, that I will definitely continue to grow it.Delete
Very nice harvest! I'm very impressed that you're mulching the paths between your beds. That has been on my list for YEARS!ReplyDelete
Oh, it has taken me a long time to get to this point and I have only just started. There are still many, many paths to trim and mulch...hopefully I can actually get to them all!Delete
Can't say I've seen too many greenish beetles my way, but I'll be interested in what it is if someone identifies it for you. I've got white russian kale for the first time this year but it's not ready yet. I really enjoyed the red russian last year.ReplyDelete
Oh, you will love the white Russian then - it is so delicious!Delete
I'm clueless on your beetle too. It is amazing there's such a difference in the taste of different kale varieties, but there sure is. I need to compare White Russian with some of my other favorite kales and do a taste-off!ReplyDelete
Kale is such a great crop - just keeps giving and giving all summer long. I've only ever grown the Russians and Siberian(?), so I would love to hear about your taste comparisons on other varieties.Delete
Wow, your kids go late with school! Do they go back in August or September? Very impressive with the harvests! I have some baby kale in my tiny potager. And our local farm share lately has supplied us with more kale. I like it in Italian potato soup! Your strawberries are impressive!ReplyDelete
Thanks Beth! I always thought our school year was pretty standard across North America and only recently found out that it isn't! For elementary schools, the summer break is only for July and August - they go back just after Labour day in September. Soup is definitely one of my favourite ways of eating kale - I freeze it in "soup pot" portions so that when I need it, I just have to plop a package of it into the soup straight from the freezer.Delete
Nice kale and choy, despite the mystery bug (no clue). I don't grow the Russian kale because it has too much stem to leaf. I like my Siberian kale and this year added dinosaur kale.ReplyDelete
I was thinking of growing the dinosaur kale - it seems to be so popular. But I heard (no idea from where) that it was very strong flavoured and tough, so haven't given it a go yet. I'll be interested to know what you think of it.Delete
That's a lot of strawberries! I have no clue what that beetle could be. I've been wasting a fair amount of time lately on buggguide.net lately trying to figure out a couple of critters in my garden. I just wish I could figure out if they're good or bad, not that it would make much difference, I doubt there's anything I could do to get rid of them if they're bad, but it would be nice to cheer them on if they're good.ReplyDelete
I just went on that website - what a great reference! I'll definitely be bookmarking it. I'll have to see if I can find my bug on it. I know what you mean about good vs. bad bugs - I wouldn't want to squish one of the good guys.Delete
Great harvests, it's a wonderful time of year when there's plenty of home grown things to eat. Your schools break up earlier than ours, we've got another three or four weeks left yet but these last few weeks are always so busy.ReplyDelete
Yes, the garden produce is starting to flow & it feels great to not have to rely on the produce aisle in the grocery store as much!Delete
It is one thing after another this week, it seems (and I'm not feeling well to boot, so that hasn't helped much either!). Can't wait until next week when we can finally take a deep breath and relax.
The big looks like some sort of weevil and could be responsible for those holes. How long a holiday do your school have?ReplyDelete
I think you are right about the weevil - the only thing that threw me off was that when I looked up the one that looked like this, they said it feeds off of certain tree leaves with no mention of other types of plants. At least I know it's a bad bug so I don't feel guilty about getting rid of them.Delete
Our elementary school holidays last for 2 months - July & August. Everyone is really looking forward to them!
My dear husband doesn't like kale, and I have to incorporate it sparingly into bunny food, but I still plant it because it's so pretty. If I harvest small amounts, the family will tolerate it and even maybe enjoy.ReplyDelete
Oh, that's too bad, especially considering how good it is for you! Well, at least you are able to sneak in a bit here and there - that's certainly better than nothing & you never know, they may end up really liking it after a while!Delete
Lovely greens, lovely harvest!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ednah!Delete
Impressive! Those strawberries look delicious. I only grow carrots and sweet potatoes. The carrots end up in cake and the sweet potatoes are served at Thanksgiving. :o)ReplyDelete
Strawberries are a definite favourite around here! I'm trying sweet potatoes for the first time this year - I'm not sure if anything will come of it, especially if we have another unusually cool summer like last year.Delete