It's been a busy time in the garden - our recent sprint from winter to spring to summer has done away with the gradual progression of growth. Instead, we have had one huge leap from virtually nothing to everything growing like gangbusters.
And the heat! I feel like the witch from Wizard of Oz..."I'm melting!" - although compared to Dave's upper 90's highs (35C+), we are not too bad off, apparently.
On the harvest front, things are still rather slow. I harvested from the asparagus beds for about 3 weeks, harvesting rather selectively (i.e. only the thicker stalks) over the past week. Now I'm going to let the plants do their thing and fern out.
This is the first proper year of picking and I don't want to overdo it. Next year I'll pick for an additional week or two and then continue to extend the harvest period each year until it's at around 7-8 weeks. I've been more than happy with the total harvest in this first year. "How much was that?" I hear you ask. Over the 3 week period, we harvested 7.15 kg grams (15.76 lbs) - not too shabby!
This morning a few more goodies were finally (!!) ready to be picked: arugula, baby Chinese greens and radishes.
|Baby Chinese greens, Red Russian kale & Speedy arugula|
When it comes to the baby Chinese greens, however, I have mixed feelings. One of the issues that I often have with pre-mixed seed packets is that you never know what you will get. In this case, some of the greens have a rather strong bite which makes them not very kid friendly, at least when it comes to my kids. I do like the idea behind the mixed greens but I would rather create the mix myself so that I choose which greens to include (or exclude).
As for the radishes, I haven't tried them yet but I'm hoping the heat hasn't made them too spicy - I'll find out at lunch today 😁
|Lady Slipper, Easter Egg and French Breakfast radishes|
The pepitas haul...not exactly impressive
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.