Harvest Monday - August 31, 2015
I’ll start off with the biggest surprise this past week, literally:
If you recall, I tried growing baby choy in the ill-fated Bed #8 that was partly shaded and also had the invasion of willow tree roots. I harvested 8 baby choy from that bed with a total weight of 140 grams (4.9 oz). The one head in the photo weighed in at 940 grams (2 lbs). In this case, it was definitely all about location. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to note the variety so we are either looking at a Green Fortune or Ching Chang Choy. From the rate at which my new fall seeding of baby choi is growing, I’m venturing a guess that this variety is Green Fortune.
I had one “never before harvested” veg this week:
|Ping Tung eggplant with Amish Paste tomatoes|
Grouped with the eggplant are the first of the Amish Paste tomatoes. You’ll see that I’ve split them up into two groupings – the group of 3 have been struck with, you guessed it, blossom end rot which you can just make out in the upside down tomato. The 2 tomatoes beside the eggplant are fine.
Between this variety and the Opalka, I have never had such an issue with blossom end rot before. Interesting that it’s only on these two paste tomatoes; I suppose they are simply more susceptible. The other paste tomato variety I’m growing is Speckled Roman, which I grew last year as well & these do not seem to have this issue.
Speaking of tomatoes, I also harvested the first of the Chadwick Cherry tomatoes, pictured here with Aunt Ruby’s Yellow Cherry:
|Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry & Chadwick Cherry|
The tomato harvests have started to pick up and the annual graduation from harvest basket to harvest box has taken place. This box includes the first of the Brandywine tomatoes:
|Clockwise from the top left: Amish Paste, Aunt Ruby, Juliet, Costoluto Genovese,|
Chadwick Cherry, Yellow Pear, Bloody Butcher, Brandywine, Taxi
Another picking of peppers, including the first harvest of Anaheim peppers:
|Peppers clockwise from the left:|
Padron, Ostra Cyklon, Anaheim, Hungarian Hot Wax
I harvested a couple of the summer sown turnips – this variety is “Just Right” & I think I let them grow a touch to large:
|Just Right Turnips|
(Excuse the blurry photo - the mosquitos were particularly bad at the time)
As I did with the spring turnips, I kept the leaves, trimming off those with a bit too much damage. Just Right doesn’t seem to produce as many leaves as White Lady, which is a shame as I enjoy them almost as much as the roots.
Also harvested but not photographed were a handful of cucumbers. There are a couple of small ones left to pick before I pull the vines up today and then they are done. It was a dismal cucumber year. At least I was able to get a couple of jars of refrigerator pickles out of them.
Also included in the tally is a late picking of plums that I forgot to include last week and I’m adjusting my numbers for the potato onions. As I’m using them in the kitchen, I’ve found that removing the tough flower stalk often reduces the usable portion of the onion quite a lot, so I’m cutting the weight for the potato onion harvest in half.
My harvest totals this week were:
Chinese Greens – 1,702 grams (3.75 lbs)
Cucumbers – 366 grams (0.81 lbs)
Eggplant – 174 grams (0.38 lbs)
Onions – reduced by 633 grams (1.46 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 992 grams (2.19 lbs)
Tomatoes – 12,893 grams (28.42 lbs)
Turnips – 564 grams (1.24 lbs)
Turnip Greens – 338 grams (0.75 lbs)
Plums – 1,025 grams (2.26 lbs)
Total for the Week – 17,391 grams (38.34 lbs)
Total to Date – 85.28 kg (188.01 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…