The harvests are slowly increasing and I added two more veggies to our table this past week.
First we have collards. I am growing two varieties this year, Vates & Beira Tronchuda. I took a photo of these two just before harvesting some leaves:
|Beira Tronchuda on the Left; Vates on the Right|
Next up is the Chinese cabbage. The variety I am growing is Pak Choi. I LOVE Chinese cabbage. Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant I always scan the menu for any dish with “Chinese Greens” which is always some form of Chinese cabbage, usually bok choy. So, not surprisingly, I often use it in stir-frys. One of my favourite uses is in Thai curry. I find Thai curry to be so incredibly versatile – you can use almost any vegetable in it.
I am swimming in lettuce – in a good way! I had a large harvest from all of the leaf lettuces, just like the week before.
|Mix of Leaf Lettuces|
I also started to harvest from the romaine & Batavian lettuces. I’m not sure how large to let the romaine grow – the leaves I am harvesting are about 7"-8" tall.
|"Pinares" Romaine Lettuce|
The Batavian lettuce is a beauty. It is halfway between a crisphead & leaf lettuce. Its leaves are thick & it has a sweetness to it coupled with a tiny bit of sharpness – I’m quite taken by it.
|"Sierra MI" Batavian Lettuce|
I only have one variety of lettuce that has not yet been picked, the “Rougette de Montpellier”, which is a butterhead type. In the past, I have treated it just like the other lettuces - as a cut and come again crop. Out of all the lettuces that I grew, this was the least productive. I’m thinking that this year, I will leave it and pick the entire head once it matures. Now the only trick will be deciding when that is.
I also had a couple of spinach harvests plus I am harvesting chives. I harvested a larger amount for a salad dressing I made, which I included in the tally. Smaller amounts harvested here & there throughout the week are not included.
My harvest totals this week were:
Collards – 500 grams (1.10 lbs)Chinese Cabbage – 984 grams (2.17 lbs)
Spinach – 158 grams (0.35 lbs)
Lettuce – 892 grams (1.97 lbs)
Herbs – 28 grams (0.06 lbs)
Total For Week – 2562 grams (5.65 lbs)
Total To Date – 3486 grams (7.69 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...☺
Till next time...☺