It's been a very busy week with a lot of transplanting and seeding. The big push came on Saturday as I knew we were in for a rainy Sunday & wanted to take advantage of that by getting everything into the ground. I transplanted the tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, basil, as well as a few ornamentals. I also seeded the carrots (finally!!) and corn.
We have had some very high temps over the past couple of weeks, with many days in the high 20's & humidex readings in the 30's (80F+/90F+). And what does that mean for the harvest? Well, one of the first things to be impacted was, not surprisingly, the spinach. The sustained high temps did not agree with the Viroflay spinach, which promptly started to bolt. I quickly harvested what I could (which wasn't much at all) and pulled the plants.
The salads with fresh-from-the-garden lettuce have really picked up...oh have I missed them!
|Sweetie Baby & Royal Red lettuce (left, centre); White Russian kale (right)|
And you'll notice the small picking of kale with the lettuce. I quite enjoy both White & Red Russian kale in salads - they are sweet, tender and have just enough texture to not mat together in the salad. The kale harvest will likely pick up this week and I'm looking forward to trying the two new varieties I'm growing, Red Ursa & Starbor.
One of the big successes this spring was the Early Greens bed in which I sowed rapini, radishes, baby choy, claytonia and arugula. I had a good 2 weeks of pickings from this bed and, had our spring arrived on time, I'm confident that we would have been harvesting over a much more leisurely 3 or 4 week period. Everything that was left in the bed was harvested this past week to make room for the tomatoes & eggplant. But the goodness from that bed will last for another week or so as my fridge is now stocked with arugula & claytonia, which I've been adding to our salads, as well as quite a few heads of baby choy.
This my first time growing claytonia and I really enjoy the mild flavor and juicy, crunchy texture.
The last of the radishes & arugula were harvested...see you both again in the fall:
Speedy Arugula with
French Breakfast & Easter Egg radishes
And I harvested a LOT of baby choy - stir fry anyone? :)
|Ching Chang & Green Fortune Baby Choy|
|Ching Chang Baby Choy|
I also harvested a White Lady turnip last night - a quick jaunt to the garden, pick the turnip, wash, slice & toss into the salad...no time for a picture. I have 3 rows of them and they are sizing up quickly, so I'm sure a photo will find it's way into next weeks Harvest Monday post.
One thing that I noticed was that the turnip was much stronger & sharper in flavor than those I harvested last spring. I've heard that warm temperatures may impact on their flavor, so that is likely the cause. It's too bad as, although they are still very tender and quite tasty, I was really looking forward to the uber mild, sweet taste from last year.
My harvest totals this week were:
Arugula - 362 grams (0.80 lbs)
Chinese Greens – 2,502 grams (5.52 lbs)
Claytonia - 382 grams (0.84 lbs)
Kale – 38 grams (0.08 lbs)
Lettuce – 402 grams (0.89 lbs)
Radishes – 184 grams (0.41 lbs)
Spinach - 90 grams (0.20 lbs)
Turnips – 70 grams (0.15 lbs)
Turnip Greens – 164 grams (0.36 lbs)
Total for Week – 4,194 grams (9.25 lbs)
Total to Date – 5.93 kg (13.07 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.