Harvest Monday - June 20, 2016
Feeling hot, hot, hot...that's been the theme (again!) over the past week or so. With temperatures into the 30's most days (86F+), I still get out there for a few hours each day, although not nearly as long as I would like.
The lack of rain is another concern - I would be surprised if we received more than an inch in the past couple of months. We are "supposed" to have some good rain this afternoon - forecasts are not guarantees, so fingers crossed that this one is correct.
On a very positive note, the drip supplies have been delivered. I was going to get started on it this past weekend but with Fathers Day celebrations, both days were basically accounted for. I'll be doing one veg area at a time, starting with the hilltop. As with most other projects, I know this one will take me longer than I anticipate, so I'm trying to include a big buffer when it comes to timing.
And now on to the harvests. This week, there were a few newcomers & first up is the chamomile:
I'm picking the flower heads every few days so that I don't end up with the sea of seedlings from flowers that have gone to seed. I'm actually still picking out self sown seedlings from last years sowing in the asparagus bed. The chamomile harvests are not only small but also light as a feather so I'm not going to bother weighing them - even I, with my Type A personality, have limits ;)
Also new this past week was kohlrabi:
And the last new harvest was a much anticipated one - snow peas:
Oregon Sugar Pod snow peas
The strawberries have REALLY picked up their pace with 1.7 kg/2.8 lbs harvested last week:
Fort Laramie Strawberries
And the lettuce is up to full speed as well. I'm officially leaving a few of the romaine varieties to form heads and concentrating on picking mainly from the leaf and Batavian lettuce.
From the top: Royal Red, Jericho & Sierra MI
My harvest totals this week were:
Kohlrabi - 718 grams (1.58 lbs)
Lettuce – 638 grams (1.41 lbs)
Snow Peas - 10 grams (0.02 lbs)
Turnips - 2,740 grams (6.04 lbs)
Turnip Greens - 2,220 grams (4.89 lbs)
Strawberries - 1,724 grams (3.80 lbs)
Total for Week – 8,050 grams (17.75 lbs)
Total to Date – 17.40 kg (38.36 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.