We are in for a heat wave this week, with highs of 30C+ (86F) & a humidex in the mid to high 30’s (closing in on 100F).
The Royal Red lettuce had already bolted last week and a couple of Simpson Elite’s followed suit. I decided to harvest all the lettuce in the bed as I really didn’t want to lose it to the hot weather.
|Pinares, Simpson Elite & Sierra MI|
I harvested a new variety that I first heard about from Michelle as well - Sweetie Baby:
I normally harvest lettuce on a cut & come again basis, but with the late sowing this year as well as the impeding heat wave, both this one and the Pinares romaines were harvested as heads. I am quite impressed with the size that Sweetie Baby attained - I didn't get heads anywhere near that size for the Pinares (which you can see peaking out of the top of the basket in the top photo).
Homegrown lettuce keeps incredibly well in the refrigerator – much longer than the grocery stuff that has probably already been sitting around for over a week before you purchase it. I wash and dry the leaves and then store them in large bowls or Tupperware containers lined with some paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. Stored this way, leaf lettuce lasts about 2 weeks and the Batavian and Romaine keep for at least 3 weeks.
I just started another round of lettuce this past weekend, so I’m hoping there won’t be too much of a gap to fill.
This week we had the first of the broccoli & a small picking of the aspabroc, which had started to flower:
|Arcadia Broccoli & Aspabroc|
I have finally started to harvest some green beans this week.
I finally got around to harvesting some basil this week. I don’t usually weigh herbs unless I harvest a bunch at one time.
The cucumbers are trickling in – I harvested one each of Garden Sweet & Corentine. I thought I had taken a photo but can’t seem to find it. I’m not sure about the Corentine variety. They are good, but incredibly prickly. Normally, I can just rub off any cucumber prickles with my hands when I wash them, but I needed to use a small knife and scrape them off this variety.
There were a few “lasts” this week as well. I harvested the last of the Mizuna, most of which was frozen for use in the winter…
|Tatsoi & Radishes|
My harvest totals this week were:
Green Beans – 140 grams (0.31 lbs)
Broccoli – 368 grams (0.81 lbs)
Chinese Greens – 854 grams (1.88 lbs)
Cucumbers – 388 grams (0.86 lbs)
Lettuce – 1,430 grams (3.15 lbs)
Sugar Snap Peas – 228 grams (0.50 lbs)
Radishes – 18 grams (0.04 lbs)
Chamomile – 144 grams (0.32 lbs)
Basil – 76 grams (0.17 lbs)
Total for Week – 3,646 grams (8.04 lbs)
Total to Date – 34.72 kg (76.53 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…