Having missed Harvest Monday last week, I have quite a few things to show today.
The most exciting harvest this past week was the turnips - that's right, I said turnips. And that says a lot considering I also had my first strawberry harvest. That's how incredibly good they were...boy have I been missing out!
|White Lady Turnip|
|First Turnip Harvest|
When I gave my husband a piece, the first word out of his mouth was "sweet". It was so delicious!
I have only ever eaten the standard, storage type turnips you find in the grocery store. These salad turnips were a revelation! And then there were the turnip greens. They were wonderful too - very mild & tender. Two (delicious) harvests for the price of one - you have to love that!
The yield was another surprise. The 4 turnips in the above photo gave me 664 grams of turnips PLUS 680 grams of turnip greens. And even though the turnips were quite large, they were extremely tender with absolutely no sign of woodiness.
|White Lady Turnip - The Inside View|
The second most exciting harvest was the first strawberries of the season - hurray! I have two varieties growing and Fort Laramie was the first to ripen. The harvest will likely start on the other (unknown) variety at some point this week.
|Fort Laramie Strawberries|
Once again, just like last year, most of the Fort Laramie strawberries are rather small & quite a few are misshapen. As well, many didn't seem to ripen evenly - the strawberry would be perfectly ripe, except for the tip.
|Oddly shaped strawberry and his friend with an unripe tip|
I also harvested the White Vienna kohlrabi. I had some issues with brassica germination this year - I think I had planned on growing 9 kohlrabi, but only ended up with 3.
|White Lady Turnips & White Vienna Kohlrabi|
I also harvested the rapini - I tried to direct seed them this time round, and they just didn't do very well.
As you can see, some of them were bolting by the time I harvested them
Some of the spinach was also starting to bolt. I picked the last of the Viroflay & pulled the plants. The Tyee, Renegade & Space plants (which aren't actually bolting yet, but may be on the verge) were left in the ground to see if I could get another crop of leaves from them.
|Tyee (left); Viroflay (right)|
|Renegade (left); Space (right)|
And lastly, I also had a second & third harvest of radishes:
|My daughter doesn't like eating radishes,|
but she certainly doesn't mind harvesting them!
|Last harvest of spring planted radishes|
|Cherry Belle Radish|
|White Icicle Radish Duds|
My harvest totals this week were:
Kohlrabi – 304 grams (0.67 lbs)
Radishes - 474 grams (1.04 lbs)
Rapini - 196 grams (0.43)
Spinach - 1,094 grams (2.41 lbs)
Strawberries - 420 grams (0.93 lbs)
Turnips - 1,670 grams (3.68 lbs)
Turnip Greens - 1,458 grams (3.21 lbs)
Total for Week – 5,616 grams (12.38 lbs)
2015 Total to Date – 7.39 kg (16.29 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…