Harvest Monday - May 8, 2017
This is my first Harvest Monday post of the year and it's over 2 weeks earlier than usual. Why? Because last week we picked our very first spears of asparagus:
|First ever spears harvested by my son last week|
This moment was a long time coming. I started the asparagus back in February 2015 from seed so the wait was a full year longer than had I grown them from crowns. In the long run, however, growing from seed often results in stronger, healthier, more productive plants so I would say it's well worth it.
The transformation of the tiny, wispy asparagus seedlings transplanted 2 years ago to the large, thick spears harvested today is pretty incredible:
|Asparagus seedlings - May 2015|
|Asparagus beds now|
The flowers are just lovely, even though they don't have much of a fragrance:
Of course, the most exciting bit about a flowering nectarine tree is the prospect of getting some fruit. Whether or not this will happen is up in the air at the moment as we had a frost last night and there is another advisory for tonight.
Unfortunately, both the cherry and plum trees are also in full flower so their fruitfulness this season is also a big question mark.
The one advantage that I have with the nectarine tree is that it's still rather small - that being the case, I decided to wrap it in a double layer of Agribon yesterday:
|Nectarine wrapped with double layer of Agribon held on with clips|
My harvest total this week was:
Asparagus - 144 grams (0.32 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.
Your asparagus is looking great. I planted roots in 2014 and they are still not producing very well. I've settled on the same strategy that you are using - pick the fat spears and let the thin ones grow and leaf out.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I was only going to harvest 2 or 3 spears in total this year, but I decided that was being overly cautious...of course, the decision to harvest a few more came after we had our first taste :)Delete
So happy for you! So much excitement. Hope it is all fruitful or vegetable-ful like that lovely asparagus. Yum-yum.ReplyDelete
Thank you Jane :) The strawberry bed is being newly planted this year so any fruitfulness will be coming from the trees and berry canes - all the more reason to hope the frosts didn't do too much damage or we may end up fruit-less ;)Delete
Those are amazing spears of asparagus! Good luck with your fruit trees.ReplyDelete
Thanks Michelle - the whole frost/fruit tree issue seems to cause so much anxiety every single year.Delete
Your nectarine tree looks very pretty. Hope you get some luscious fruit! KathyReplyDelete
Thank you Kathy - waiting for those first fruits is such a test of our patience, isn't it?Delete
The asparagus looks very strong, not a spindly one to be seen! We have a chance of frost tonight too. Maybe I should wrap the brand new peach tree.ReplyDelete
Thanks Will - and YES, wrap it up! I'm actually thinking of sewing some sort of large Argibon envelope for my fruit trees as these frost scares seem to be an annual occurrence.Delete
Several blogs have asparagus harvests. I should put it on my 'to grow' veggie list.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a wonderful nectarine harvest!
Thank you Lea! If you enjoy asparagus, I would definitely give it a go - the hardest bit is planting them and then, with just a little TLC, you reap the rewards for years to come.Delete
It's great how well your asparagus is doing, and just think it was just a couple short years ago that you started form seed. I thought they were really easy to start from seed as well. Fingers crossed for the blossoms on your fruit trees.ReplyDelete
Funny how sometimes time flies and crawls - all at the same time! Oh yes, my fingers are definitely crossed...and toes too :)Delete
you know, I get just as excited seeing your asparagus as I do ours! I bet in a year or two you will be enjoying LOTS of those spears.ReplyDelete
Oh, let's hope so! Not that I will come close to the pounds you bring in, but hey - one day I may start another bed or two ;)Delete
Congrats on the asparagus. I'm excited having my first harvest from CATALOG bought starts. It must be doubly satisfying having done it all the way from seed. Amazing!ReplyDelete
Agribon---the best stuff on earth! Hope you slide through unscathed. I got struck hard last night...........
Oh no!! These dang frosts get us every time! I've been hardening off some annuals and forgot them outside last night - and then remembered at 4am and quickly brought them in. A few of the coleus look a bit fried but I'm hoping they recover.Delete
Ah Agribon - it's a lifesaver (literally!). Thankfully it wasn't windy and I was able to use it - I recall trying to do the same on the cherry tree a year or two ago and it was so windy, the resistance it created could have uprooted the tree!
Plants are sometimes tougher than we think - I'm sending warm thoughts to your little plants and hopefully they will push through any damage they sustained.
Oh, yummy asparagus! I miss mine so much since we have moved! Always a worry with the fruit trees this time of year. Hope all yours do okay! NancyReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy - there's another possible frost tonight so the cover is staying on another day :(Delete
Impressive asparagus spears! That's usually one of the first veggies we get in our food co-op share, so I'm looking forward to it. Your nectarine tree is beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth :) It's wonderful to get such an early crop, especially when we are still a couple of weeks away from harvesting anything else.Delete
The first harvests are always the most exciting, especially when they come from plants which were planted a long time ago and which will, hopefully, go on to provide more fruit and veg for years to come.ReplyDelete
Very true - and unlike many fruits which are touch and go depending on how finicky the weather is, with a little care, asparagus will be a dependable producer year after year.Delete
Nectarine flowers are lovely aren't they? Do you get peach leaf curl in your area? This is the reason that we grow our trees in the greenhouse.ReplyDelete
Oh, they sure are lovely Sue - hopefully they'll still be there when we uncover the tree, which is now delayed until tomorrow as we have another frost warning tonight.Delete
I don't know anyone else with a nectarine/peach tree so I'm not sure if that disease is prevalent here. So far, I see no signs of it on our tree - but I do see possible signs of canker :( which I'll be pruning out once the tree finishes flowering.
Few vegetables more delicious than fresh-picked asparagus. The nectarine blossoms are beautiful.ReplyDelete
They are lovely, aren't they - hopefully they are still there and undamaged by the frost when I uncover the tree this morning.Delete
Your own asparagus patch! I am so envious. Bob and I babysat my uncle's farm once while they were on vacation, and asparagus grew "wild" in along the cedar rail snake fencing. I still remember the joy of the harvest, and it's making my mouth water right now. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Thanks Helen - it was worth the wait! Still some restraint at play, however, as I'm very tempted to harvest more than I should. "Wild" asparagus - what a delicious find that was!Delete
Those asparagus look great! Planting asparagus is all about looking further in the future, wish I had the space for them!ReplyDelete
Your fruit trees look lovely! We had some frost last week but this week was more summer than spring really. The garden has exploded...
Thanks Lotte! Lucky you getting some nice weather. We had a couple of nice days, but they were a bit of a tease as the last few days have been cool, rainy and windy. I hope summer gets here soon!Delete
I feel your excitement, growing asparagus from seeds and now harvesting, bet they are the tastiest asparagus! With 26 plants only harvesting 1 or 2 spears per plant will give you a few pounds especially since they are so fat. Hope your fruit trees are not affected by the frost.ReplyDelete
I am surprised at how thick some of the spears are, especially as it's technically their 2nd year had I grown them from crowns. There are a few plants where the spears are not as thick or plentiful as the rest, so those I'll just leave alone this year.Delete