Harvest Monday - July 11, 2016
The weather has remained hot, hot but we still have some cool weather crops coming out of the garden. The big harvest this past week was shelling peas:
|Aladdin Shelling Peas|
I am growing 2 varieties – Sabre & Aladdin – and both have produced admirably well. Both varieties produce a rather concentrated picking and almost all of the pods were harvested over the week. Since these are shelling peas, I prefer to tally them after they are shelled which amounts to roughly half their weight when in the pods (i.e. the first picking of Aladdin resulted in 1,375 gr/3 lbs of podded peas = 644 gr/1.4 lbs of shelled peas).
Some of the peas were used fresh, but the bulk of them were frozen. Even though the vines look empty now, I’m sure there will be a few stragglers that I don’t find until I pull them – I actually count on that as I then dry & save them to use for seed next year.
The next new harvest this past week were favas. I’m growing two varieties this year and some of the Extra Precoce Violetto were ready to pick:
|Extra Precoce Violetto Fava Beans|
Favas don’t like the heat, so that may be one factor. Also, as this was one of the last beds to have irrigation installed in it, the soil may have been a bit too dry while the pods were developing.
|1st Garden Sweet cucumber surrounded by|
Oregon Sugar Pod & Golden Sweet snow peas
The snow peas and 1st sowing of sugar snaps are coming to an end. The sugar snaps are only a trickle right now but the 2nd sowing is just starting to produce.
|Sugar Snap Peas|
We're still harvesting the Kolibri kohlrabi, shown here with some Oregon Sugar Pod snow peas:
|Kolibri Kohlrabi & Oregon Sugar Pod Snow Peas|
The last of the turnips were harvested:
|White Lady Turnips & Kolibri Kohlrabi|
I’ll be sowing another round of turnips in the fall & am hoping that cooler weather will make for some sweeter turnips.
I’ve been harvesting herbs here and there as well although they don’t end up in the tally unless I harvest a large batch. The basil is doing really well again this year – no sign of basil down mildew:
My harvest totals this week were:
Fava Beans (shelled) – 314 grams (0.69 lbs)
Broccoli – 102 grams (0.22 lbs)
Cucumbers – 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Kohlrabi – 1,681 grams (3.71 lbs)
Lettuce – 1,062 grams (2.34 lbs)
Snap Peas – 404 grams (0.89 lbs)
Snow Peas – 1,222 grams (2.69 lbs)
Shelling Peas (shelled) – 2,332 grams (5.14 lbs)
Turnips – 1,280 grams (2.82 lbs)
Turnip Greens – 326 grams (0.72 lbs)
Strawberries – 214 grams (0.47 lbs)
Total for Week – 9,063 grams (19.98 lbs)
Total to Date – 35.84 kg (79.01 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.
In other non-harvest related news, I’m off to the Garden Bloggers Fling on Thursday, so I’ll be (ironically) offline for a while. I’m so looking forward to it – re-connecting with all of the wonderful bloggers I met last year, meeting new people and, of course, visiting the amazing gardens! It will be my first time in Minneapolis, so that will certainly add to the adventure.
I’ve almost finished a post on one of the ornamental beds in our front yard and I’m hoping to post it before I leave but we shall see. There is a lot to do before I go but one of the main items on my TO DO list has been ticked off….the drip irrigation is FINISHED!
Question: How do you get a drip system finished ASAP? Answer: Book a trip to go away and then let your husband know that he will have to water the beds if it isn't in place before you leave :)