Rain, rain and more rain – that pretty much covers what’s been happening in the last couple of days.
And rain is good…until it’s too much.
When is it too much? When I harvest my cherries and realize that most of them have split, that’s when:
|Some may be cracked but still yummy!|
But even with the cracking, there was some good news – in 2013, 1/3 of the total cherry harvest (around 350 grams) was infested with the plum curculio. This time round, I didn’t see any evidence of them. Surprisingly, other than making sure to pick up any fallen or damaged cherries around the tree (which is usually the first bit of advice that is given), I didn’t really do anything to prevent them.
What else is new? How about some amazing lettuce…finally!
|Royal Red & Sierra MI Lettuce|
And that’s not all – I harvested a couple of bunches of the mizuna. First ever harvest on that one. Although I’ll be using some fresh in a couple of stir fry’s this week, most of it will be blanched and frozen.
Of course, I also harvested the thickest of the stalks which likely would have produced the nicest side shoots. Oh well, at least it was delicious (although it really didn’t taste like asparagus to me). I peeled the lower portion of the stalk before cooking as it was a bit fibrous, but otherwise, it was very tender.
And just when you thought I was done, I also harvested some sugar snaps!
|First Handful of Sugar Snaps|
And lastly, I also harvested more tatsoi, strawberries & scapes.
|Strawberries & Scapes|
I’m making an effort to freeze some of the strawberries we are harvesting now. I really enjoy having them during the winter – on ice cream, with granola and yoghurt & in smoothies. When I open up a packet in January, the fragrance is just unbelievable. I don’t mind forgoing some fresh strawberries now in order to get that mid-winter pick me up.
And a little update on my mystery bean muncher – the culprit was caught in the act as I was putting up the trellis on Thursday:
|Bean Munching Slug|
Broccoli – 330 grams (0.73 lbs)
Cherries – 1,000 grams (2.2 lbs) (approx.)
Chinese Greens – 1,902 grams (4.19 lbs)
Lettuce – 222 grams (0.49 lbs)
Peas – 102 grams (0.22 lbs)
Scapes – 218 grams (0.48 lbs)
Strawberries – 1,362 grams (3 lbs)
Total for Week – 5,136 grams (11.32 lbs)
Total to Date – 17.82 kg (39.29 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…