Harvest Monday - July 25, 2016
The Fling has flung and it was fabulous! I reconnected with old friends from last year and made a lot of new friends as well – some were bloggers that I had only briefly met last time while others were brand new faces. And the gardens and inspiration….wow! The Minnesota climate & growing season is very much like our own, so everything we saw could easily be applied to an Ontario garden. More on the Minnesota sights in another post - today is Harvest Monday!
Since I missed last Monday, I’ll be covering 2 weeks of harvests. First up is my favourite photo from the past couple of weeks:
|Arcadia Broccoli - Pretty in Pink|
Now on to 1st harvests. One of these just sneaked in under the wire as I spotted them yesterday evening as I was mulching the pathways:
|Sungold wins the 1st tomato harvest race this year|
The other exciting 1st harvest were the snap beans.
|Provider Snap Beans|
Another very exciting and rather unexpected harvest - Yukon Gold potatoes:
The pepper harvest has also begun starting with, not surprisingly, those that are picked while still at the green stage. The very first harvest consisted of a few Padron peppers and a handful of Pepperoncinos:
|Padron (left); Pepperoncino (right)|
|One Anaheim together with a few Melrose|
There were a few Kolibri left in the bed and all but one of those were also harvested:
I harvested quite a few favas once I returned from my trip. The Extra Precoce Violetto variety are almost done and many of the beans were either starting to dry out or fully dried. These are used much like dried beans and I also set some aside to use for seed. The other variety I'm growing, Ianto, matures slightly later.
|Ianto Fava Beans|
|Ianto fava bean reveal|
The cucumbers are starting to trickle in:
|Garden Sweet (left); Green Finger (right)|
|Romanesco zucchini (left); Chelsea Prize & Garden Sweet cucumbers (middle & right)|
The snow peas were pulled out and I was able to get a nice final harvest from the vines:
|Oregon Sugar Pod Snow Peas|
And lastly, before I left for Minneapolis, I decided to harvest all of the lettuce.
My harvest totals over the past 2 weeks were:
Fava Beans (shelled) – 764 grams (1.69 lbs)
Snap Beans – 592 grams (1.31 lbs)
Broccoli – 608 grams (1.34 lbs)
Cucumber – 796 grams (1.75 lbs)
Kohlrabi – 2,144 grams (4.73 lbs)
Lettuce – 2,780 grams (6.13 lbs)
Snap Peas – 154 grams (0.34 lbs)
Snow Peas – 276 grams (0.61 lbs)
Potatoes – 602 grams (1.33 lbs)
Summer Squash – 74 grams (0.16 lbs)
Tomatoes – 26 grams (0.06 lbs)
Total for last 2 weeks – 9,258 grams (20.41 lbs)
Total to Date – 45.10 kg (99.42 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.